I found two 6 oz. cans of mandarin oranges in our pantry. How they got there is a mystery. I can only assume that at some point I bought them with the intention of using them in a recipe. Yet even this seems suspicious, as I can't quite imagine myself looking at a recipe with mandarin oranges and thinking, "Yes. That looks good."
Nevertheless, they are there. So I decided to do the only thing I know to do with mandarin oranges--make some orange Jello and dump them in there.
I used to eat that dessert all the time as a child. It was one of my favorites. Here's a heads up: While all the sugary cereals you enjoyed as a child stand the test of time (never will come the day when I'll refuse a bowl of Trix or Lucky Charms), mandarin orange Jello dessert--not so much.
It doesn't taste bad per se. It's just one of those flavors that really, you can live without.
Blair's comment as I proudly showed him my tupperware bowl of orange Jello with floating oranges was, "Nasty."
So now I've got this bowl of welcome-the-season Halloween orange Jello with baby oranges sitting in my fridge. I hate to waste food and just throw it out, so I'll likely let it sit there for the better part of 5 days, decide it's past its healthy-to-eat date, and then throw it out. Less guilt that way, although don't ask me why.
Meanwhile, I still have a lone can of mandarin oranges in the cupboard. If you have a recipe that calls for such an ingredient, let me know.
I'll be happy to express mail it to you.