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Grandma Marjorie’s Classic Orange

This is the jello recipe I remember my Grandma Marjorie making most often when I would visit her as a child. It’s a classic crowd-pleaser and easy to make for those jello virgins out there!


Grandma Marjorie's Classic Orange

Grandma Marjorie's Classic Orange


1-6 oz. box of Orange Jell-O

1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin

2 cups of orange juice (I like the kind with extra pulp)

1-15 oz. can of mandarin oranges

2 cups of boiling water

Pour the packet of orange Jell-O and the packet of Knox unflavored gelatin into a large heat safe bowl. Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Slowly stir in 2 cups of orange juice. Cover with saran wrap (unless your bowl has a fancy lid) and refrigerate until thickened like a gel. This usually takes about two hours but you can speed the process up by putting it in the freezer. Remember to set a timer so you don’t leave it for too long!

Drain the juice from the can of mandarin oranges and stir them in to the chilled jello. Pour carefully into a 4 cup mold, cover in saran wrap, and chill overnight.

Ready to unmold

Unmolding is tricky. The best way I’ve found is to dip the mold (to the edge) into a bowl of warm (not hot) water for about 15 seconds. Then, invert your serving plate over the mold and turn them over at the same time.

Fingers Crossed...

Shake slightly (at a bit of an angle) and the mold should slide out (sometimes it makes a terrible sound while doing so which is extra satisfying).


If it doesn’t, try loosening the edges slightly with a butter knife. If it’s still not budging, try dipping it in the water again and repeat the steps above.

Stay tuned for a post all about unmolding techniques – complete with step-by-step illustrations from the 1930’s. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paige permalink

    LOVE IT!

  2. Brian permalink

    That is a delicious fixing there. It can also be stirred up with any other item on your plate (i.e., green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, turkey, etc.) to create a tangy mishmash. My favorite is to scoop one part Grandma Marjorie’s Classic Orange and one part cranberry sauce into the spoon. Primo!


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