Strawberry Julius

Who doesn’t love a delicious Strawberry Julius? It sure is a tasty fruit smoothie treat. You can make one at home in no time at all with this easy copycat recipe.

Homemade strawberry julius smoothie in a glass

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Orange Julius History

Orange Julius is a smoothie shop that has been around since 1926. The shop started selling its famous frothy Orange Julius drink and is now apart of the Dairy Queen franchise. You may have seen a Dairy Queen/Orange Julius around!

The original Orange Julius smoothie was the official drink of the World Fair in 1964. Johnny Carson gave his audience lifetime passes to the smoothie shop the next year.

You could say that the Orange Julius franchise has been a pretty popular destination for years. Before they became part of the Dairy Queen franchise, they were a hot spot in mall food courts.

They started selling only one smoothie drink (the original orange!) and have since expanded their menu to cover other flavors. Among them is the delicious Strawberry Julius. And you guessed it, and it’s made with fresh strawberries instead of oranges!

You can also find mango pineapple, pina colada, berry pomegranate, and triple-berry there as well.

top view of a homemade strawberry julius

The one unique characteristic of any Orange Julius drink is the froth. They blend it up and serve it frothy instead of smooth, like most places. This means that there is less ice and more liquid when blended.

In this case, you have more milk than ice in the blender. The strawberry Julius is pretty simple to make and uses ingredients that you probably have on hand already.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Milk
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ice

How to Make a Strawberry Julius

Simply combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Make sure to blend long enough to smash the strawberries until there are no chunks left.

If the drink is too thin, add a bit more ice.

If the drink is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk.

Homemade strawberry julius in a glass
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Homemade strawberry julius smoothie in a glass

Strawberry Julius

Enjoy a homemade strawberry Julius made with fresh strawberries.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberries, Strawberry Julius
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 289kcal


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Make sure to blend long enough to smash the strawberries until there are no chunks left. Pour into a glass and enjoy! If the drink is too thin, add a bit more ice. Too thick? Add a tablespoon or two of milk.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 28.2mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Amy

    5 stars
    I made it just like the recipe said. It was Delicious. With a capital D. I 100% will be making this again 😉
    Thank you

  2. Jordan

    5 stars
    Just made this for the first time and I want another one right now. It’s that good. I could drink this all summer long. Maybe I will. 😉

  3. Renee

    SMH…When I was growing up my mom and dad taught me if there is something you don’t like about a person or if there is something you don’t agree with, (as long as you are not in immediate danger) keep it to yourself. When did the world change? When did people stop teaching this? I know my mom and dad where not the only people to teach this.
    I think I will take a page from your book…you disgust me. How lovely is it that you worry about the amount of sugar and dairy you and your children eat? (No one cares) You are teaching them to eat so well. But you obviously are not teaching them to be good people. (Lead by example) I would hate to see how your children act. I’m sure your children have no respect for others. If they have no respect for others they have no self-respect either. (Lead by example) Is your self esteem so low you always have to have the spot light on yourself? Judge others to make yourself feel better?
    So you don’t like the recipe…well I don’t like to read your crappy judgmental comments. I guess I should tell everyone with a bad attitude how I feel?
    Don’t like something MOVE ON!!!!

  4. Jill Bolster

    Hi Stephanie! I looked up a strawberry Julius on a whim and lo and behold there it was! I can’t thank you enough for putting out there, the recipes we all love. I check this site several times a month and I’m always happy with the results! Thanks again

  5. Jim

    I have made these for the past year. You have to add water.

    2-1/2 cups frozen sliced strawberries
    1-1/2 cup ice
    2 cups water
    3/4 cup bakers sugar
    3/4 cup milk
    2 Tbs Strawberry syrup (this gives it the taste it had back in the day)
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  6. Lisa

    I would like to thank you for your Recipes! Some will criticize anything, even if it’s a FREE gift! I guess they want the world to know that they don’t eat sugar or enjoy a treat once in a while. Don’t let those who criticize change what you do or who you are.

  7. RE

    Hi all..hey ,experiment using stevia till it is sweet enough for your liking..Stevia has way less calories and still as sweet..

  8. JOYCE

    I have belonged to Copycats for a very long time and I love it!
    And if I don’t care to make something, I just don’t have a need to complain about it, its called choices.

  9. Mildred Stephens

    Thanks for the recipe. Since I am allergic to strawberries, I will use other fruit. I will try peach, apricot and the good old standby orange. Enjoy!!!

  10. Karen E

    To everyone concerned by the large amt of sugar (first thing that caught my eye in the recipe). Just add a tsp of sugar, OR, leave out altogether and add some protein powder, like blenditup Protein +, with only 2gm sugar. But yes, this is a TREAT or dessert, not a healthy drink.

  11. Kenneth 933

    For those of us who enjoy a orange Julius thank Stephanie we appreciate you. Not a orange or strawberry Julius person oh well. Dip from your bucket as much as you like, who cares?

  12. Janice Morris

    Thanks for the copycat recipes so we can know just how unhealthy these dining out recipes are!
    You are performing a great service by letting us know this information, and what to avoid!
    A drink with a half a cup of milk and a quarter cup of sugar? Absolute poison! No one should drink this! Thanks for your public service! Why don’t you go one step further and try to healthify these recipes!

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for your comment. I live by the model, all things in moderation. If you want to choose to eat something, do so.

      I have thought about trying to modify a recipe to make it more healthy, but does that mean I remove sugar, do I remove the dairy, do I remove calories. Making a recipe healthy means so many different things to different people. So I feel a little conflicted there.

      Just curious what does a healthy recipe mean to you?

      • Shauna Austin

        Try almond milk instead of milk and splenda instead of sugar… should make it healthier

      • Irene Cousineau

        You are making it a COPY CAT recipe. If you change the ingredients to cater to special groups, well it wouldn’t be a COPY CAT recipe anymore, now would it. If a person wants to make it to suit their tastes, then let them do it and don’t complain or try to change it for everyone else.

    • Foodiewife

      Sigh. Why do people have to be so mean-spirit. To each their own, Stephanie, and I applaud your kind and diplomatic response. I love an Orange Julius, and am lucky enough to have one once every year or two. So what if it has sugar? It’s a TREAT, not a daily thing. I have a Vitamix, and I’m going to enjoy one of these very soon, now that strawberries are in season.
      By the way, don’t change who you are. You recreate recipes so many of us know and love, and it’s nice to know we can make them at home ourselves.
      My answer to what is healthy– like you, moderation. I eat fish, veggies, drink lots of water, swim… but, I still enjoy a home baked treat and comfort foods in between. It’s called “enjoying life”!

    • bassman

      Hey Janice..a little sugar never hurt anybody. Every 4-6 months have an orange or strawberry Julius. Big deal!! Have a little fun in your life.

    • Mary E. Clark

      5 stars
      I’m going on 78 years old. Mama use to cook fatback, bacon, eggs,biscuits made with shortening. She seasoned with ham hocks, and we ate a lot of things considered bad now. I still don’t have high blood pressure..I think because we had a high activity level. We didn’t have cell phones to just exercise our fingers. Everything is bad for you now..

      • SANDIE

        i am in agreement with you….we had so many things back then that are truly unhealthy they say no….but lordy…if these kids or adults put these dang pads down or phones and did stuff that BURNED calories…..well…wouldn’t be talking about unhealthy stuff… would all be a treat……….just saying…..

    • Renee

      Why don’t you take it a step back, erase your tactless comment. Then figure out how to make it to your liking?!?!?

  13. Elaine

    Yummy!!! Sounds so good. The original was made with powdered sugar back in the 60’s. I don’t use regular sugar, just some powdered sugar. I don’t know what the cal count is, nor the sugar .

      • Abby Love

        I thought Orange Julius is originally had some kind of powder added to the mix???

    • Pat Strothman

      probably need the sugar for sweetening the strawberries. Unless you grow your own the berries in the store are genetically modified (GMO) and are not as sweet as home grown.

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