Orange Cream Gelatin

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You know how when you’re young you have favorite snacks or flavor combinations? And even years later when you’re reminded of them, it brings back memories of when you ate them, where you ate them, how they tickled your tongue or filled your nose with lovely fragrances. Snacks are wonderful that way, quick and convenient treats, or even flexible meals, that can become all-time favorites. They fix in our memories from childhood. That’s the way I feel about the combination of orange and cream, and why I made this orange cream gelatin.

orange cream gelatin

Thanks to the NFRA for making this orange cream gelatin snack possible. My comments, opinions and love for tasty, convenient snacks are my own.

I opened my fridge recently and saw my orange juice perched right there next to my half and half, almost as if they had conspired to be next to each other in order to jog my memory. I loved orange and cream together as a child. I would sometimes pour a little bit of orange juice on top of my bowl of vanilla ice cream, and we would make paletas with cream on the bottom and orange juice on top in the summers.

Separately, also when I was a small girl, I would stop by my grandma’s house and she would always have a snack for me. I can still see her in my mind standing right in front of me with her apron on as she watched me eat a small bowl of milk gelatin. She always had gelatin in her fridge. She made all kinds of flavors.

Orange Juice and Half and Half

It never ceases to amaze me how versatile some foods are. There are endless ways we use orange juice in Mexican cuisine, to drink, of course, but also in salsas, sauces with achiote, gazpacho and even to marinate meat.

Half and half is no less versatile, we use it in Tres Leche Cake, creamy pastas, and creamy vegetable soups, for instance. The point is the creative possibilities are endless, so I like having them in my refrigerator so I can always use what I need and save the rest for the next creation.

When I opened the fridge and saw that orange juice next to that half and half, I thought to myself, why don’t I make a gelatin using one of my favorite flavor combinations from childhood?

Well, here it is, my creation, sparked by joyful memories of eating orangey, creamy snacks, and of my grandma’s go-to gelatins.

I hope my grandkids will remember wistfully back to my orange cream gelatin snacks someday, too.

Two orange cream gelatin desserts

If you make this orange cream gelatin, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatips hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.

Orange Cream Gelatin

Makes 5 cups

Prep time 4 min – Start to finish 15 min – Refrigeration time 2 hrs

Ingredients

Half gallon Horizon half & half, half gallon Florida's Natural Orange juice, sugar, gelatin and vanilla

Utensils

  • 1 pot
  • 1 glass bowl
  • 1 spoon or whisk
  • Gelatin molds or containers of your choice

Process

Pour 2 cups Florida’s Natural Orange Juice in a pot over medium-high heat. Add sugar, baking soda and mix until dissolved. Wait until juice and sugar are very hot, but not boiling.

Dissolve the contents of the gelatin packets into 1 cup of Florida’s Natural juice and set aside. You will see how the gelatin gets hydrated and starts to solidify.

Hydrated gelatin

When the juice is hot, turn off the heat and add the hydrated gelatin, mix until it dissolves completely.

Pour Horizon Organic Half & Half and vanilla extract into the juice with the gelatin. Important note: mix really fast with a spoon or whisk as you pour half & half into the gelatin.

Mixing orange juice and half&half

Important note: Sometimes when you mix citrus liquids and milk the mixture curdles a little, it has happened to me multiple times (you can see the difference in the pictures below, top, slight curdling, bottom none). That is why the baking soda in the recipe is so important, it helps raise the ph of the mixture a tad. However, sometimes even with it, this still happens.

Fixing it is very easy. Pour the mixture into a blender and mix for a few seconds, you will see how it gets creamy and silky again. You can also use an immersion blender.

gelatin slightly curdled
Wooden spoon showing consistency of gelatin

Fill up the gelatin molds and refrigerate until firm. Approx 2-3 hours

Pouring orange cream gelatin in molds

Serve with mandarin oranges and mint leaves if you like.

Orange cream gelatin with mandarin oranges on top

February is National Snack Food Month

I invite you to check out both your freezer and fridge, you might be surprised by how many snacks you can prepare with the products you already have handy. Be sure to come back and share your creations with us. And don’t forget to tag them with the #mamalatinatips hashtag, so we all can see and share your amazing snacks, too.

For even more inspiration, be sure to check out the delicious ideas from NFRA at www.EasyHomeMeals.com, our “Cool Food Panel” board on Pinterest and follow the #EasyHomeMeals hashtag on social media.

Provecho!

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orange cream gelatin
5 from 9 votes

Orange Cream Gelatin

This orange cream gelatin is a fast & delicious snack made with 6 easy to find ingredients. Try it out!
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Refrigeration time2 hrs
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Florida’s Natural Orange Juice No Pulp divided
  • 4 oz (100 g or ½ cup) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 (7g) unflavored gelatin packets
  • 2 cups Horizon Organic Half & Half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mandarin oranges and mint leaves for decoration optional

Utensils

  • 1 pot
  • 1 glass bowl
  • 1 spoon or whisk
  • Gelatin molds or containers of your choice

Instructions

  • Pour 2 cups Florida’s Natural Orange Juice in a pot over medium-high heat. Add sugar, baking soda and mix until dissolved. Wait until juice and sugar are very hot, but not boiling.
  • Dissolve the contents of the gelatin packets into 1 cup of Florida’s Natural juice and set aside. You will see how the gelatin gets hydrated and starts to solidify.
  • When the juice is hot, turn off the heat and add the hydrated gelatin, mix until it dissolves completely.
  • Pour Horizon Organic Half & Half and vanilla extract into the juice with the gelatin. Important note: mix really fast with a spoon or whisk as you pour half & half into the gelatin.
  • Important note: Sometimes when you mix citrus liquids and milk the mixture curdles a little, it has happened to me multiple times (you can see the difference in the pictures in the blog post). That is why the baking soda in the recipe is so important, it helps raise the ph of the mixture a tad. However, sometimes even with it, this still happens.
  • Fixing it is very easy. Pour the mixture into a blender and mix for a few seconds, you will see how it gets creamy and silky again. You can also use an immersion blender.
  • Fill up the gelatin molds and refrigerate until firm. Approx 2-3 hours
Course: Desserts, Snacks & Appetizers
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Homemade gelatin, How to make orange juice gelatin, How to make orange juice jello, Orange cream jello dessert
Author: Silvia
Orange cream gelatin and a glass with Florida's Natural orange juice

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Bindu Thomas
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Bindu Thomas

Great orange cream recipe. I will definitely try this one.

ALe
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ALe

This idea is so cool, I bet it tastes like creamsicle pops!

ALe
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ALe

This recipe is so creative, love how you used the orange juice.

Cindy Ingalls
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Cindy Ingalls

What a unique recipe. With spring coming up, this would be such a great treat to enjoy, especially after having to hibernate all winter.

Gemma
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Gemma

Yum! Half and half?! I know that has to be good!

Vivienne
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Vivienne

Umm YUM!!! I need to save this recipe! I love orange cream, especially orange cream soda. The taste takes me back to my childhood. I look forward to making this this weekend!

Mia
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Mia

I would never think of this as a dessert recipe! I’m normally more of a chocolate fan, but I appreciate the creativity of trying a new recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Felecia Monique
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Felecia Monique

This looks so delish!! I’ve nwvwr had cream based gelatin before. Should be good!

Becca Talbot
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Becca Talbot

OMGeeeee! This recipe sounds delicious! I’d love to give it a whirl sometime, and it seems pretty simple to follow (so even a crap cook like me wouldn’t balls it up LOL) x

Sundeep
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Sundeep

I am going to try this recipe Orange Cream Gelatin today. I always love to search new snack recipes. Thanks for the recipe. Recipe looks easy and doable

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