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!


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.

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.

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.