Mello Jell-O

The idea of this is fun–hot pudding that you melt Jell-O powder into. Then add cold water and chill. It’s getting harder to find cook-and-serve puddings, though. I’ve made it with a large box of cook and serve lemon pudding because I couldn’t find a small one, and it still turned out great (almost imperceptibly different). Instant pudding might work okay, but we tried it once with cheesecake instant pudding and raspberry Jell-O, and it didn’t set up. It was just a sweet soup, basically. Blech.

But in college, my roommate and I experimented with different flavors for fun, all of which turned out pretty well. We did vanilla pudding with strawberry Jell-O (tasted like strawberry wafer cookies), lemon pudding with raspberry Jell-O (tasted like raspberry lemonade), and chocolate pudding with raspberry Jell-O (tastes like chocolate raspberry, obviously). But the original is lemon pudding with orange Jell-O, and it’s amazing.

And good news, it’s naturally gluten free!

Mello Jell-O

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet, orange side for special occasions.


  • 1 small box cook and serve Lemon Pudding
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • ½ c. Sugar
  • 1 large box Orange Jell-O
  • 3 c. cold Water
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 1 can Mandarin oranges


Prepare lemon pudding as directed on box (with yolks and sugar). In hot pudding, stir orange Jell-O powder. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until set. Top with Cool Whip and oranges.

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