In bowl, combine Jell-o powder with 2/3 cup boiling water. Stir until powder is completely dissolved. Place 1/2 cup ice into a 1-cup measuring cup and top to 1 cup with cold water. Add to the Jell-o mixture and stir until ice is almost melted. Discard ice.
In a large bowl, fold together Jell-o mixture, orange extract, orange zest if using and 2/3 of the tub of Cool Whip (reserve the remaining 1/3 for topping). Pour the mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Top with remaining cool whip and mandarin oranges if desired.
Note: This pie can be served frozen. If freezing pie, let the orange layer firm up in the fridge for about 15 minutes and then top with cool whip. Slice pie before freezing (this makes for easy serving) and freeze overnight. Add mandarin oranges just prior to serving.
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