Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cherry Orange Delight



Jello 

It brings to mind cars with tail fins, ladies who lunch, and poodle skirts.  It is the comfort food of my childhood.  It was served to sooth during hot weather, times of sickness, and even as a fancy dinner dessert.  

The following recipe is straight off of the handwritten card from my mother.  I always enjoy finding it in her fridge when I visit and since it was almost 70 degrees today, (that subject is another post entirely), I thought we needed some cool refreshment around the farmette.   


Cherry Orange Delight 

2 1/2 cups boiling water 
3 packages (4 serving size each) of cherry flavored gelatin 
2 3/4 cup cold water 
1 - 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained 
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened 
2 tsp sugar 
1 tub (8 oz.) of dairy whipped topping 

Stir boiling water into gelatin until completely dissolved.  Next, stir in cold water.  Refrigerate approximately 1 1/4 hours until the consistency of egg whites.  Gently stir in the oranges and reserve a few for garnish, if desired.  Set aside. 

Beat cream cheese and sugar in separate bowl, until well blended.  Add whipped topping and then spoon into a serving bowl.  Cover this with the gelatin mixture.  

Refrigerate at least 2 hours and garnish as desired.  

Enjoy!  



35 comments:

  1. Oh what a sweet memory and yummy dessert. Enjoy your day.

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  2. With the way I feel today, this jello sounds very soothing! Great memories for me too, as a child...something about that JELLO! Roxie

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  3. Sounds and looks tasty. Unfortunately, my diet is so restricted I cannot partake; however, that doesn't preclude me from enjoying it vicariously. Happy Sunday!

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  4. How sweet Michelle, right from Mama`s hand.....will copy it down, thanks, gotta go get something to eat now.......Blessings FRancine.

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  5. Haven't had this in years. Forgot about it. May have to make it.

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  6. too cute. we had 73 yesterday but down to 33 this morning. tonight in the 20s.

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  7. My mom used to make something very similar to this, but the jello was orange and the creamy layer was on top! :) It was reserved as a special salad, but it always seemed like dessert. Perfect for our current spring-like weather!

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  8. Pure evil for a man on a DIEt...

    Good stuff...

    Dann in Ohio

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  9. Oh how I envy your 70degrees and your cherry orange delight!!

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  10. Love desserts like this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I have no memories jello from my childhood, only from when I first came to America and worked as a mother's helper. It really helped to soothe sick children and tasted great on hot New Jersey summer days.

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  12. Big bowl or plate for me.....I love jello salads! My mom always made the best ones.
    Loved her orange jello with shredded carrots and pineapple. Why didn't my girls inherit the love of these?

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  13. OK, now I want jello. Gadzooks I am impressionable! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. I am an eater, not a cook. It looks like good eating, Michelle.

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  15. You are making me hungry and I just ate!

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  16. Looks pretty and sounds delicious!

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  17. Looks simple and sounds yummy. I will have to try this one. Thanks!

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  18. This looks so refreshing and would make the perfect dessert for a luncheon or weekday dinner.

    How wonderful that you've kept the recipe!

    xxleslie

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  19. This looks so good and brings back old Jello memories! Wow - 70 degrees! It's 24 here. xx

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  20. Hand written passed down recipe cards from the original are so wonderful. Don't you love how food can trigger such vivid memories. I love that. AND 70 degrees.... wowza! We are freezing, well freezing for Ca. anyways high's in the 40's.

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  21. I'll try to console myself with some vile ice cream..

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  22. Yummy! I might have to change the cherry to flavor to strawberry; I have an aversion to cherry-flavored anything since my childhood days of not being able to swallow a pill and being doomed to cherry-flavored medicine. No offense to your mom's recipe.

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  23. YUMMO~~~ sounds like something my mama made, too! I think we could have used something cool and creamy around here - it was 73 one day and 70 the next day. Sure makes me ready for spring! This is my least favorite time of year!

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  24. That almost 70 degrees here in KY sure was a fluke, Now we are expecting ice over the nest few days -- barbara

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  25. If it's comfort food (my favorite thing these days) I'd like some please. Thank you very much....;)

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  26. Oh wow!! This looks delish!!

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  27. That looks delicious! Plus mandarin oranges are yummy :)

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  28. I can remember desserts like this one...This post made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. What a forgotten dessert! Sounds so refreshing.

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  30. Yum!! and here I thought my mom was the only one that made us eat Jello when we were sick , haha

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