This is another must make dessert, perfect for spring and even on your Easter table..It is such a light and refreshing dessert that everyone will enjoy..The layers of orange jello, mandarin oranges and whipped topping is so heavenly. This is made in a square baking dish, so you can easily scoop it out and serve in small dishes or dessert glass.. Quick, easy and only a few ingredients!!!
2 boxes (3 ounces each)orange-flavored gelatin, may use sugar-free
1 can (8-10 ounces)Mandarin oranges
2/3 tub (8 ounces)whipped topping, regular , thawed
Fresh orange zest, optional
Place 1 1/2 cups of water in a 8x8 baking dish and microwave for 2 minutes, until boiling hot.
Add 1 box of the orange gelatin to the boiling water and stir for 2 minutes, until completely dissolved.
Drain the juice from the can of Mandarin oranges into the hot gelatin mixture, stirring to combine, and then drop the Mandarin oranges into the gelatin evenly. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until almost completely set.
Prepare the second box of gelatin in a large bowl by stirring it into 3/4 cup of boiling water for 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of ice cold water and stir. Place in freezer for 15 minutes, just until very cool, but not set.
Place the non-dairy whipped topping into a blender and cover with the cooled gelatin from the mixing bowl. Pulse blender 4-5 times, just until smooth.
Pour this second, creamy mixture, over the refrigerated Mandarin orange gelatin and refrigerate all for 2 hours, or until well set. Serve sprinkled with fresh orange zest, if desired.