Orange Jell-O – A Mid-Century Gelatin Test

Posted on Jan 9 2013 - 6:42am by RetroRuth

This tested recipe is STILL from our Gelatin Contest! Can you believe it? I never thought I would be dragging this thing out until 2013, but here you go. And we still have 11 tested gelatins yet to go, so if you submitted a recipe but haven’t seen it yet, don’t give up hope! More are coming, I swear.


Anyway, this lovely gelatin was submitted by Dean, who writes:

This is a jello recipe our family actually always loved as kids, and I made it many times since then for my kids’ birthday parties, and such. It was a staple of all of our family gatherings for years, and still shows up now and then. It’s very good, and I imagine you could do the same with raspberries and raspberry sherbet, etc.



5.0 from 2 reviews
Orange Jell-O
  • 1 large orange gelatin
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges
  • 1 pint orange sherbet
  1. Bring to boil liquid from oranges and water to make 2 cups of liquid.
  2. Add jello, dissolve, then add sherbet, dissolve.
  3. Finally add oranges, put in a mold and chill.



Thanks for the recipe, Dean! Not only was this recipe easy, but we appreciate the fact that we actually looked forward to this recipe. You might even say that Tom was excited about it.


Well, it was probably more accurate to say that he was excited about all the orange sherbet that he got to scarf down while I was making the recipe, but excited is excited, so there you go.

Also, you will notice that my pretty ring of set oranges didn’t stay put when I poured in the melted sherbet and gelatin mixture. It was probably still too hot. Oops! So, if you want to make a design and have it stay where you want it, make sure the rest of your gelatin has cooled slightly before adding it to the mold.


Oh well, it still looks good!




“How is it?”

“It’s orange.”

The Verdict: Good.

From the Tasting Notes:

Tastes like orange Jell-O with oranges in it. Good, pretty, fun and easy to make.

Thanks for the recipe, Dean!

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5 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. So Cal Gal January 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    This is so pretty! 🙂

  2. Maureen January 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! I remember someone in my extended family made this for the family Christmas Eve party, back in the 1960’s and 70’s. It seemed so special with the sherbert in the middle, all the kids loved it.

  3. Barbara March 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    When I was in home ec in the 1960s, we were taught to really chill down the fruit and container when we had fruit that we wanted to keep in place. With frozen ice rings, we were taught to freeze the fruit in place and then add more liquid, but that was ice rings for punch bowls, not gelatin.

    A few times back then, I tried pouring in just enough Jell-O to cover the fruit (once I set the mold in a pan of ice in the fridge to speed things up), leaving the rest of the Jell-O to cool on the counter until I could pour it over the partially set Jell-O with fruit without melting the gelatin in the mold. The experimenting with Jell-O was mostly when I was first married — in the early 1970s.

  4. Marth April 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    This actually was a fav of mine when I was a kid.

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