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Call me old-fashioned, but I still love a good jello dessert. It could be because I grew up in the midwest, but it could also just be that they’re a snap to make and gosh darn delicious. While not every jello salad recipe from the 60’s has stood up over time, this Orange Flop recipe still gets rave reviews in the new century!

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With this dish you get two defined layers: a creamy top layer that tastes just like an orange creamsicle and a jiggly citrus base layer with that signature jello texture. Truly the best of both worlds.

One of the best parts about jello desserts is that you can make them up ahead of time! This treat won’t take you longer than 10 minutes to prepare and then you can pop it in the fridge for up to a few days before serving. You have enough going on when entertaining, it’s so nice to have dessert taken care of!

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We went with orange flavoring here, but pretty much any jello flavor would work (I’m a little partial to orange from growing up on those push pops!). We’ve found that lime and strawberry are also delicious. Feel free to throw in extra fruit too!

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This dish is deliciously creamy as is, but if you want to dress it up a bit you could top each slice with whipped cream and an orange slice. No matter how you serve it, this Orange Flop is sure to be a hit!

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20 servings

10m prep time

4h inactive

Rated 4.1 out of 5
Rated by 68 reviewers
  • 2 cups 7 Up (or other citrus soda)
  • 1 6 oz package orange jello
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups chilled 7 Up
  • 8 oz tub of Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¾ cup canned mandarin oranges, drained
  1. Pour 2 cups of the soda into a small bowl and microwave until nearly boiling, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove the heated soda from microwave and stir in the package of jello.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and then add the jello mixture. Beat until fully combined.
  4. Stir in the remaining 2 cups of chilled soda, then fold in the Cool Whip and mandarin oranges.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13 baking dish and cover. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
  6. Slice and serve chilled.
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