Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trader Joe's Mandarin Oranges

I used to eat canned Mandarin oranges a lot when I was young--usually Three Diamond brand, I think. These from Trader Joe's seem identical to my memory of those. Maybe the syrup is a little less sweet, or maybe that's just my imagination working, as prompted by the "light syrup" on the label.

Will I buy it again? 

I doubt it. It had been at least 20 years since I had bought any canned Mandarin oranges before this. They're OK, but when I get a yen for something snacky, it's never this. But if I did suddenly develop such an urge, or needed Mandarin oranges for a recipe, these would do as well as any others.


  1. Here's the recipe you need; we call it "Mandarin Duet," and it's a hit every Christmas with young and old alike:

    1 6-ounce package orange (or raspberry) Jell-O
    2 cups boiling water
    1 pint orange (or raspberry) sherbet
    1 11- or 15-ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained, or canned raspberries, drained

    Dissolve Jell-O in liquid.
    Add sherbet in chunks, and stir until melted. Add fruit. Chill in ring or bowl.

  2. other than one of those Pea Pickin' Cakes, I've never bought them