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Cool Mandarin Dessert Recipe

Cool Mandarin Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 134 calories, 1g fat (0.550g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0.550g fiber), 7g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 fruit

Reviews for Cool Mandarin Dessert

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Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Easy to make and SO good!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009


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