Moist graham cracker crust, stacked with layers of cream cheese filling, orange vanilla pudding and whipped topping, this delightful creation takes delicious to a whole new level! Experience this mouth watering dessert and take your taste buds on magical journey that is the stuff of dreams!
What is Orange Dreamsicle Lasagna?
Despite its name, this decadent treat isn’t lasagna at all. It actually gets its name from the multiple layers it contains from crust to filling, and the “dreamsicle” part of it perfectly describes this cold dessert that’s so tasty you’ll loose yourself in blissful indulgence.
Orange Dreamsicle Facts
• Dreamsicle and Creamsicle are often used interchangeably and are very similar except the first has a iced milk center while the second an ice cream instead.
• Dreamsicle was actually a brand and not a flavor.
• August 14th is National Creamsicle Day.
This creamy treat was first invented in 1905 by Frank Eppperson, an eleven years old boy had successfully created the dessert while experimenting with vanilla ice cream and frozen orange juice. He dubbed it the “Epsicle”, this was the foundation that paved the way for our childhood favorites such as popsicles, creamsicles, and dreamsicles.
When This Should Be Eaten
This creamy delight is best eaten as a summertime snack, have it as an addition to lunch or dessert after family dinner. Enjoy this refreshing treat on warm afternoons at a backyard barbeque, kids and adults alike will go crazy for it, or bring it with you to a potluck and share with friend. You will not disappoint!
Best Served With
Orange Dreamsicle is great as is and really, needs no addition but if you want to mix things up a bit, you can sprinkle chopped nuts on top, drizzle with caramel or chocolate, maybe even combine all three. Just go for it, you might even surprise yourself.
Resting The Pudding Mixture- Once the orange gelatin and vanilla pudding have been combed, it to sit for at least 5 minutes before adding to the dessert. During the 5 minutes, it began to thicken, so we had to stir the mixture to prevent lumping and preserve the smooth texture.
Refrigerate The Dreamsicle- Before serving, the dreamsicle must be refrigerated for at least 2 hours, this allows the dessert time to firm up.
How We Made This Dessert!
First we combined the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs to make the crust, then we pressed it into the bottom of a baking dish and chilled this in the fridge for about 15 minutes until firm. Next, we mixed both the pudding and gelatin separately (according to the instructions), then combined then in 1 bowl and allowed the mixture to sit for 5 minutes while we would occasionally stir.
We combined the cream cheese and powdered sugar until it was well blended, then combine the mixture with 2 cups of whipped topping, used it to make the first layer on the crust. Next up, we spread the pudding mixture evenly on the cheese layer. For the final layer, we applied the remainder of the whipped topping in a smooth even layer and refrigerated for about 2 hours.
Why Should You Make This?
With a prep time of only 30 minutes, this Orange Dreamsicle doesn’t take much time to make however, it requires an additional 2 hours of chilling time which isn’t ideal if your in a hurry , but it is a fantastic dessert to make in ahead of time and store in the fridge.
Terms Used In The Recipe
Powdered Sugar- This is sugar that’s been ground to a light powdery consistency. It is also known as confectioner’s sugar, icing sugar or 10x sugar.
Chill- This is the process of refrigerating food until it becomes cold, thickens or firms up.
Questions And Answers
Q: What can I use instead of Graham Cracker crumbs
A: If you’ve run out of graham crackers crumbs or just want to try something different, you can use either ginger snaps, toasted cake or muffin crumbs, or vanilla wafers. Use these in equal amounts as a replacement.
Q: What can I substitute for?
A: Use shortening, margarine, or coconut oil to replace the butter in the crusts. Use these in a 1:1 ratio in place of butter.
This delicious recipe brings a new twist to a time tested classic beloved by so many. Treat yourself and loved ones to this delicious dessert and take a trip down memory lane where you once became excited at the thought of having a Dreamsicle from the ice cream truck, and you’ll find that the feeling never left
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup butter (melted)
- 1 cup cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 12 oz cool whip topping (thawed)
- 2 Jell-O orange jelly mix (3oz)
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 2 Jell-O vanilla pudding mix
- 2 1/2 cups cold milk
- 1/2 cup canned manderin orange (drained)
- Combine the graham cracker crust and butter in a medium bowl, then press the mixture into a 9x13 glass dish and let this chill for in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- While the crust firms up, make the gelatin. Whisk the orange Jell-O and boiling water in a small bowl until the the gelatin dissolves. In a separate bowl, make the vanilla pudding according to the package instructions.
- Combine both the pudding and gelatin. Let this sit for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.
- Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl until smooth, combine this with 2 cups of whipped topping and spread an even layer over the crust.
- Pour the glating and pudding mixtureon top of the cream cheese layer and spread evenly. Top this off with with the rest of the whipped topping and gently spread until even.Let this set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.