Mandarin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding

Mandrin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding by at yummy #jello #recipe that is perfect for your #easter #celebration!

This family recipe comes from my mom! Growning up Mandarin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding was a frequent side dish for our holiday and birthday dinners. Still to this day, I request my mom to make it for family dinner on my birthday. This recipe has now become one of my Little Chefs favorites.

Along with the colored eggs and baskets filled with candy, Easter also means a Honey Baked Ham for dinner.  As we thought about what to go along with our ham, this childhood recipe popped into my mind and onto our menu. It is a quick, make-ahead side dish is delicious and will be a perfect addition to our Easter Celebration dinner.

First we started off with making the Mandarin Orange Jello. Little Chef K made sure all the orange jello powder was completely dissolved in the hot water before we added the orange juice concentrate.  Little Chef E mixed in the mandarin oranges and the crushed pineapple, after they had drained. Then this is where a lot of patience comes in for the Little Chefs, allowing the Jello to set in the fridge before we can top with the pudding and eat it!

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To keep their minds off of the yummy Orange Jello that is setting up in the fridge, in the meantime, we make the Lemon Pudding. The Little Chefs just follow the directions for the pudding to make as a pie filling. Little Chef E wanted to make the pudding all by himself, he did great until he quickly realized that you need to stir the dry pudding mix with the milk SLOWLY at first or else you get splashed with the milk! Once combined he stirred in the cool whip. Then into the fridge to also set up.

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Once both the Jello and the Pudding were all the way set,  Little Chef B layered the pudding on top of the jello. Now we were ready to eat! You can at that point either stick it back into the fridge or serve immediately!

This is such a simple jello recipe that will sure be a crowd pleaser and a perfect side dish to your Easter Celebration dinner. For a fun activity to do while waiting for the jello to set, you can have you kids participate in one of the activities on the Easter Countdown! And if you need an idea other than ham for your main dish, check out our Honey-Balsamic Lamb Chops.

Mandrin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding by at yummy #jello #recipe that is perfect for your #easter #celebration!

Mandarin Orange Jello

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 large pkg orange jello
  • 6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups boiling water


  1. Dissolve jello in boiling water.
  2. Add orange juice concentrate and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add oranges and pineapple.
  4. Chill until set.

Lemon Pudding for Mandarin Orange Jello

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 large pkg instant lemon pudding
  • 1 cup cool whip


  1. Prepare pudding as directed for a pie.
  2. Add cool whip and mix until combined.
  3. Chill in fridge until set.
  4. Pour over set jello.
  5. Serve immediately or chill in fridge until ready to serve.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

8 Replies to "Mandarin Orange Jello with Lemon Pudding"

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    Katie March 20, 2013 (6:30 am)

    My toddler son loves to “help” in the kitchen this looks like a fun thing to try and looks yummy too! I would LOVE to have you share this at my Homemade By You party! I am your newest facebook follower too!

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    Wanda March 23, 2013 (8:01 am)

    This looks delish! I printed it off for our Easter meal. I love your print icon. I have not seen one on a blog before. Is it difficult to configure? Very cool. I am visiting from Serenity Now. Have a lovely weekend. Love, Wanda

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      Kimberly March 24, 2013 (7:24 am)

      It is called ZipList Recipe Plugin. It was easy to install and easy is use!

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    Miz Helen March 24, 2013 (9:43 am)

    Hi Jenny,
    I just love it, this is my kind of wonderful dish to go on with any meal! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    BetsyPool March 26, 2013 (10:11 am)

    Wow – that looks SOO GOOD!! MmMM – I want some now (or maybe that’s just pregnant cravings). Anyway, Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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    Alicia - One Mother Hen March 27, 2013 (4:49 am)

    This sounds delicious.

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    cheeriosandlattes March 29, 2013 (4:25 pm)

    You are a Featured Favorite on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes this week, thanks for joining us last week, we love having you! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!
    Mackenzie 🙂

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    Barrie Mac April 14, 2015 (7:14 pm)

    I’ve put mandarian oranges in orange jello but I love this recipe! The topping sounds awesome too. I’m saving to make at a later date!

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