Mandarin Orange Surprise

"I got this recipe from a friend at my wedding shower. It is a very light dish. It can be used as a salad or a dessert."
photo by Sharlene~W photo by Sharlene~W
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  • Mix together crackers, butter and sugar.
  • Press in a 13x9-inch baking dish. (Save a little bit of the crumbs for top).
  • Refrigerate this while making rest of recipe so it becomes firm.
  • Fold the rest of ingredients together.
  • Spread over crumbs in dish.
  • Top with remaining crumbs.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Questions & Replies

  1. I made manderian orange surprise. It came out runny never set. More like pudding than pie. Why ?


  1. Count me among those who 'like it SWEET' & this one is that! For some reason or other I find myself gathering more & more recipes that include mandarin oranges, & this particular one makes for a great-tasting dessert! I particular like the addition of Ritz crackers! Will be making this one again & soon! Thanks so much!
  2. I took this to a potluck and came home with nothing left. I was asked for the recipe a lot. It is a light and refreshing dessert.
  3. We enjoyed it, but it is definitely on the very sweet side. The crumb crust didn't hold together very well, so I might suggest increasing the butter slightly or decreasing the crackers (I used exactly 60). It was also difficult to serve it up neatly as the filling layer was very soft. I tried freezing it for a half hour before serving and that helped. If I were to make it for an event, I might be tempted to portion it out in individual servings "parfait" style, top it with whipped cream and sprinkle the additional crumbs on top. I selected this for Zaar Tag!


  1. Instead of one can of frozen oj, half and half of orange juice and half frozen lime.. I also used Graham cracker pie crust. I personally prefer Ritz crackers. Decorated top with mandarins which I put 2 cans instead.


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