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Easy Mandarin Orange Dessert with 3 Ingredients

Easy Mandarin Orange Dessert with 3 Ingredients

Are you ready for another simple and satisfying dessert? How about an easy mandarin orange dessert?  

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the pineapple version of this delightful sweet bite.

It's basically just three ingredients whipped up by hand into a glorious treat that will knock your socks off.

Okay, maybe not literally but it sure will cure a sweet tooth.

That is a real "condition", isn't it?

But seriously, I am amazed at how just three ingredients come together to make this epic treat!

Easy Mandarin Orange Dessert Comes Together with 3 Ingredients

If you remember, it's just canned fruit in syrup combined with dry pudding mix and whipped topping.  

But the result is anything but "just".  


Enjoying it chilled from your fridge is like walking into a spring wonderland and topping with another dab of whipped cream takes it right over the top.


I've yet to meet one person who did not find this flavor combination dreamy and the recipe easy to make.

Easy Mandarin Orange Dessert Comes Together with 3 Ingredients


  • Undrained Mandarin Oranges in Light Syrup  offers just the right amount of sweetness to enliven a delicious dessert recipe. 
  • Dry Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding breaks all boundaries by giving you that creamy taste without having to whip up any extra ingredients. 
  • Thawed Whipped Topping - This creamy, easy-to-spread ingredient can be easily incorporated to elevate any dessert. 

The beauty of this basic recipe combo is that there are so many flavor possibilities.

I love it!

Here's the unbelievable simple recipe for these sweet bites of goodness. It's simple, but tastes amazing.


orange mandarin dessert

Easy Mandarin Orange Dessert

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Best Mandarin Orange Dessert with only 3 ingredients.


  • 1 can (15 oz.) Mandarin Oranges in Light Syrup, undrained
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup thawed Whipped Topping


  1. Mix mandarin oranges in juices and dry pudding mix until pudding mix is dissolved .
  2. Gently stir in whipped topping.
  3. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 96Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 92mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 1g
Easy Mandarin Orange Dessert Comes Together with 3 Ingredients

If mandarin oranges aren't your thing, make sure to peek at the Pineapple version!



For another twist, try this new Pineapple Banana Dessert recipe, too.

pineapple pudding topped with banana and whipped cream

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and that it inspired some creativity in the kitchen. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions to share with me about this post, please leave a comment below or contact me on social media! Be sure to take pictures of your creations and tag them @cutefetti so I can see what yummy things everyone is making from my recipes. Happy cooking - enjoy!

What other canned fruits or pudding flavors do you think would be tasty with this recipe?

I'm ready to experiment with more!

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Dénis Noel

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Stop lauding this dessert. It is not that great. Will not make it again. Would not want to serve this to my guests or family.

Smith Jones

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Hello and thank you for the recipe! Can I use fresh whipped cream instead of cool whip?

Thanks so much!

Andrea R Everett

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Can i use canned peaches for this?

Dawn Lopez

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Yes, you might want to either cut them into smaller pieces or used diced though. ;)

Donna Williamson

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

I make this but use orange jello along with a natural cool whip and or the coconut one...also the oranges but add cottage cheese too...delicious!!


Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Same here! For years Its been my "go to" dish for all the holiday events! Either you love it or you dont & I believe that the cottage cheese is the deciding factor over all. Perhaps next time I suppose ill make too dishes; one with & one without.

Diana Skall

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Is there a way to use fresh strawberries with this recipe? I have a bunch of strawberries that seem to have lots of its own juices. Will that work?

Dawn Lopez

Monday 3rd of August 2020

This will kind of work but only if you squish the strawberries to push the juices out. It won't be AS flavorful as canned with juices-- but I have done this with blueberries and it was still good. Let us know how it turns out.

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