I first tasted this refreshing dessert at my friend Dianne's. Over the years I've collected several recipes that are very similar, so this recipe we use now is a combination of all three. We just made this for our nephew's birthday party and it got great reviews.
3 small boxes of orange jello
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup crushed ice
11 oz. can mandarine oranges
1 small Cool Whip, thawed
Dissolve jello in boiling water. Pour mandarine oranges and juice from the can into a 2 cup measuring cup. Add cold water until the level reaches 2 cups. Stir into jello mixture. Add 1/2 cup crushed ice and stir until melted. Pour into a 13x9 pan and chill in the frig until the jello is soft set. Remove the jello from the frig and scrape into a large bowl. Add the cool whip and use an electric mixer to combine the two. Pour it back into a clean 13x9 dish and chill until set (overnight would be best). Cut into squares with a sharp knife and serve with a mini spatula.
Instead of a 13x9 pan, you could pour jello into a bundt pan or jello mold coated lightly with non-stick spray.