No-Bake Mandarin Orange Pretzel Parfait


This no-bake mandarin orange pretzel parfait is my new favorite dessert for the holidays. They have the perfect combination of sweet and salty with a cheesecake filling in the middle. It doesn’t get better than that.

These were inspired by the raspberry pretzel “salad” my mom makes every year for Christmas, which is one of my favorites! I thought it would be fun to try something different and make a version with my Dole mandarin oranges. There’s something about oranges, that always get me excited for the holidays and my kids eat those oranges like they are going out of style. No-bake mandarin orange pretzel parfait dessert recipe

I also thought it would be fun to do these in individual size portions because everything is cuter in little cups and it makes it easier to set out the day of. I loved adding the Dole mandarin oranges on top for a decorative (and delicious) touch. You could even do little mason jars, but less dishes is always a good idea in my book.

No-bake mandarin orange pretzel parfait cups dessert recipe

This Mandarin Orange Pretzel Parfait is a great, easy treat!

These mandarin orange pretzel parfait cups will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. YUM!

No-bake mandarin orange pretzel new favorite dessert recipe! The perfect combo of sweet and salty!

You could leave these cups plain or add whipped cream on top! But who are we kidding… whipped cream is always a good idea!

Easy no-bake mandarin orange pretzel parfaits made with Dole mandarin oranges a pretzel crust and cream cheese filling -YUM!

If you’re really feeling fancy, you could add an extra orange (because why not) and mint leaf on top.

Love these easy no-bake mandarin orange pretzel parfaits made with Dole mandarin oranges a pretzel crust and cream cheese filling -YUM!

No-Bake Mandarin Orange Pretzel Parfait

Yield: 10 servings


Layer 1:

  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar

Layer 2:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped topping
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar

Layer 3:

  • 1 (6-ounce) package orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 (11-ounce) can Dole Mandarin Oranges


Combine the pretzels, butter and sugar for layer 1 in a small bowl. Then press 2 Tablespoons into a small 8-ounce cup or jar.

For the second layer, mix the cream cheese, whipped topping and sugar. Then add about 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the pretzel layer and smooth the layer with the back of a spoon, so it is touching all edges of the cup. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes.

For the third layer, get 3/4 cup boiling hot water. Then place the flavored gelatin into the water and stir for 1 minute, or until it has dissolved. Then add ice to 1/2 cup cold water, until it makes 1 1/2 cups. Stir cold water into the hot water and keep stirring until it starts to thicken. Add more ice if needed. Refrigerate for about 5 minutes. Then pour onto top of the cream layer and top with mandarin oranges. Place back in the refrigerator until it has set.

Enjoy with whipped cream on top if desired.



Easy no-bake mandarin orange pretzel parfaits made with Dole mandarin oranges a pretzel crust and cream cheese filling! The perfect holiday dessert.Mmm… this is seriously my new favorite treat. You’ve gotta try the mandarin orange version! Enjoy! :)

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Yosh posted on October 30, 2016 at 3:24 am (#

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing. and it doesnt look too tricky, which I like the most :) I will definitely try this. My boys will love it, Im sure :)

  2. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on November 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm (#

    These look so fun! It’s been ages since I had pretzel jello salad. Need to make this soon!

  3. Erin @ The Speckled Palate posted on November 11, 2016 at 9:49 pm (#

    What a gorgeous and simple sweet to make in advance for the upcoming holidays! It’s so bright and cheery, and I bet kids and adults alike adore it. :)

  4. Krista posted on November 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm (#

    I need to make these ASAP! I love them!

  5. Dee posted on November 14, 2016 at 1:52 am (#

    I love strawberry pretzel salad, but this one would be perfect for the holidays. I can’t wait to make it!

  6. Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny posted on November 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm (#

    I’m all for No Bake desserts! This is such a great after school snack for kids!

  7. Cathy Trochelman posted on November 14, 2016 at 11:41 pm (#

    Love how bright and happy these are! They’d be such a hit!

  8. Ashley R. posted on April 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm (#

    Tried this, super yummy! Thanks for the recipe