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.
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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.
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:
- Vanilla extract
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.
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- 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.
I made it just like the recipe said. It was Delicious. With a capital D. I 100% will be making this again 😉
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. 😉
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!!!!
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
That is awesome 😉 You may want to subscribe to the newsletter
I will definitely do that! Thank you! Jill Bolster
Hey Stephanie, can you explain to me what bakers sugar is? I’ve never heard of is this and I want my Strawberry Orange Julius to come out perfectly. Thank you so much!
It is very fine grained sugar.
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
What do I do if I want an Orange Julius instead of a strawberry one?
You could make my recipe for an Orange Julius https://copykat.com/orange-julius/?hvid=54yfa3
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.
Hi all..hey ,experiment using stevia till it is sweet enough for your liking..Stevia has way less calories and still as sweet..
I love your recipes. Please keep them coming.
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.
How do I change this into an Orange Julius?
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!!!
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.
Thank you so much. I will add this julius on my new summer menu 🙂
Thank you so much. I will added this julius on my new summer menu 🙂
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?
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!
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?
Try almond milk instead of milk and splenda instead of sugar… should make it healthier
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.
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”!
I totally agree with you. Heck, I even do excess in moderation.
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
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..
I think we also didn’t have lots of food with tons of preservatives and a lot of frankenfood.
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…..it would all be a treat……….just saying…..
Why don’t you take it a step back, erase your tactless comment. Then figure out how to make it to your liking?!?!?
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 .
Why so much sugar ???????????????
I understand you think this is too much sugar for this recipe. I can appreciate that, you can modify the recipe for less sugar if you desire.
I thought Orange Julius is originally had some kind of powder added to the mix???
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.
I normally don’t calculate out calories, but I did on this recipe. This recipe has 270 calories per serving.
Thank you for your recipes, if anyone has a concern with any part of them they should know enough to adapt to their own needs. Again thank you,
Air has calories if you breath in, means every think has some calories. Calories are merely a measurement. Use control and it is ok.