Recipe: Dreamsicle fluff dessert

This sweet treat was a staple at church potlucks and family get-togethers when I was growing up. And it’s been perfect for enticing my husband to eat, once he got home from the hospital.

As usual, I’ve modified the childhood comfort-food recipe to make it healthier – reducing the sugar and fat content by using sugar-free pudding and gelatin mixes and substituting fat-free milk for half the sugar-free whipped topping.

The milk also adds protein, and the mandarin oranges add plenty of potassium and Vitamin C.

The result is still delicious!

This recipe makes 4-6 servings.


  • 1 small box sugar-free fat-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 small box sugar-free orange gelatin mix
  • 15-ounce can no-sugar-added mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup sugar-free whipped topping
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4-5 ice cubes


In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add the gelatin mix, stirring until completely dissolved. Add the ice cubes and stir until they are melted. Set aside.

Make pudding according to package directions, but using only one cup milk instead of two.

Add whipped topping to pudding and blend thoroughly, then add the liquid gelatin mix and blend.

Fold the mandarin oranges into the mixture.

Refrigerate overnight or until firm.

Nutrition information

Calories: 110 | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Protein: 1.5 g | Fat: 1.5 g | Saturated Fat: 1.5 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 90 mg | Potassium: 180 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 5% | Vitamin C: 24% | Calcium: 10% | Iron: .5%

14 thoughts on “Recipe: Dreamsicle fluff dessert

  1. Prayers certainly continue for you and Pete. Thinking of both of you especially today as we accepted 14 new Springfield Dominican Associates. Lots has happened in this past year! Life changing! Don’t need to tell you that but want you to know you are very much in our loving supportive thoughts and prayers. Sr. Bernice

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  2. For some reason I didn’t get a couple of posts before this one. I hope Pete is recovering with the addition of this potluck staple. My mom would have given him “prune whip,” baby food strained prunes and egg white. (I think. I never watched her make it.)

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