1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup whole milk
2 envelopes (1 box) Dream Whip
1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained and chopped
Fresh mandarin segments for garnish
In a small bowl, combine the gelatin and water. Set aside.
Then, in a saucepan, combine the crushed pineapple (with juice) and sugar. Heat until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in the prepared gelatin. Set aside to cool completely.
With an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and whole milk. Beat until smooth. Add the two envelopes of Dream Whip and beat until the mixture forms peaks. Fold in the cooled pineapple mixture and chopped mandarin oranges.
Pour into an 8×12″ dish and chill 3-4 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh mandarin orange segments, if desired.