Cool Mandarin Dessert Recipe
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Cool Mandarin Dessert Recipe

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I've served this refreshing, pleasantly light citrus dessert for years. It is easy to make but looks so elegant. For special occasions, I put it in a crystal bowl to show off its pretty color. —Sue Murphy of Greenwood, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free orange gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pint orange sherbet, softened
  • Fresh mint, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 134 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit.


  1. Drain oranges, reserving the juice, add enough water to juice to measure 1 cup. Refrigerate the oranges.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in reserved juice. Add sherbet, stirring until dissolved. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until thickened.
  3. Keep 10 orange segments refrigerated for garnish. Fold remaining oranges into gelatin mixture; cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, garnish with reserved oranges and mint if desired. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Cool Mandarin Dessert in Light & Tasty April/May 2001, p31

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dwinokur 85941
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Easy to make and SO good!"

Susiew122 85558
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"omg, my mother used to make this 45yrs. ago. So refreshing! So glad to have the recipe."

jilliana 77776
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"This was great and refreshing. My husband loved it! Very simple to make. We will have this again. I will be sharing it with my Grandchildren."

GrandmaKathlene 85556
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009


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