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Orange Fluff (+Video)

Orange Fluff also called Orange Delight or “The Orange Stuff.” Made with Cool Whip, Mandarin Oranges, Jell-O and marshmallows!


This dessert has a lot of different names that people call it. Orange Fluff, Orange Delight, Weight Watchers Dessert, or even ‘The Orange Stuff.’ It was something my mom made often when she was doing Weight Watchers. I don’t know the point value anymore for this because they keep changing it all the time. I also don’t actually adhere to a Weight Watchers diet so you’ll want to do your own checking on the points if you are. However, you don’t need to be on a diet to gobble this stuff up!

Orange Fluff dessert sown in a large white bowl, topped with fresh mint.


Do I have to use the cottage cheese?

Don’t let the list of ingredients deter you. I know lots of folks gag at the thought of cottage cheese being in this. Most folks don’t taste the cottage cheese as a separate ingredient. Unless they know it’s in there, a lot of people can’t really put their finger on what is different. But if you just absolutely cannot stand the thought of putting it in there – try substituting with plain yogurt.

Can I use sugar free options?

Yes absolutely! Any of the ingredients that you can purchase that are low sugar or sugar-free will work. In addition, you can get low fat cottage cheese (or yogurt if you’re using that) as well!

Will this recipe work with other Jell-O flavors?

Absolutely! You can have fun playing around with this dessert and testing out different flavors for sure!

Orange Fluff Dessert recipe from The Country Cook. Serving shown in a small white ramekin.


  • small-curd cottage cheese
  • orange Jell-O gelatin
  • mandarin oranges
  • whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
  • mini marshmallows
  • chopped pecans (optional)
Ingredients needed to make orange fluff: small-curd cottage cheese, orange Jell-O gelatin, mandarin oranges, whipped topping (COOL WHIP), mini marshmallows, chopped pecans.


In a bowl, combine cottage cheese with the orange Jell-O gelatin mix. Stir until well mixed. 

small curd cottage cheese and orange gelatin mix in a clear glass bowl.

Add in the well-drained can of mandarin oranges and the tub of Cool Whip. Stir.

cool whip whipped topping shown dolloped on top of orange gelatin mixture in a clear glass bowl.

Finally, stir in the marshmallows and pecans. 

mini marshmallows and chopped pecans added to orange gelatin mixture in a large clear bowl.

Cover and store in the refrigerator and allow to get nice and cool. If you were to eat it right away, it would taste grainy from the Jell-O. But give it at least a couple of hours and the flavors will really come together and blend nicely. This is definitely a dessert you can make the day before you need it.

closeup photo of orange fluff dessert in white ramekin, topped with a mandarin orange slice and a sprig of mint.


Originally published March 2011
Updated and republished July 2021

No Bake Orange Fluff Dessert recipe

Orange Fluff (+Video)

Orange Fluff also called Orange Delight, Weight Watchers Dessert, or "The Orange Stuff." Made with Cool Whip, Mandarin Oranges, Jell-O and marshmallows!
4.98 from 72 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 16 ounce container small-curd cottage cheese
  • 3 ounce box orange Jell-O gelatin
  • 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained well
  • 8 ounce tub whipped topping (COOL WHIP), thawed
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, optional


  • In a bowl combine cottage cheese with the orange Jell-O gelatin mix.
  • Stir until combined well.
  • Gently stir in the well-drained mandarin oranges and the Cool Whip whipped topping.
  • Finally, stir in the mini marshmallows and pecans.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator to allow the flavors to come together (at least 2-3 hours but overnight is best.)


YouTube video


  • Sugar free options can be used where applicable.
  • This can be made the night before it is to be eaten. 
  • Cottage cheese can be substituted with Vanilla Greek yogurt or plain Greek yogurt.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    easy delicious dessert for family gatherings or pot luck. Highly recommend this recipe. My Mother made this for us and she used this same recipe. Try it you will love.

  2. Love this. But I leave out the marshmallows Someone ask about fresh oranges. The juice may prevent it from firming up. Stick to the original I promise you will be asked to bring it to every event you attend

    1. Great tip. I always tell folks to make a recipe exactly at is it written the first time so you know how it is supposed to taste. Then after that, you can play around with the recipe and make your own changes. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Love, love, love, your Orange Fluff, Brandie. My sister-in-law introduced me to eating it atop her mother’s chocolate brownies, and it makes a glorious dessert!