How would you like to make the Orange Julius we all love from our neighborhood Dairy Queen? This delightful, frothy smoothie can now be made in your own home. And this 5-ingredient Orange drink recipe takes only a few minutes to make!
The Orange Julius smoothie first appeared in malls everywhere until it became available at Dairy Queen. But now you don’t need to visit the Dairy Queen restaurant to enjoy this cool, fresh and delightful drink.
We now have the secret ingredients to this orange drink recipe (thanks to Dave Oberg) and you can enjoy it in minutes. There are only 5-ingredients, making this a wonderful option for a warm summer day.
Why this copycat Orange Julius recipe works
This recipe works very well because it does a good job at mimicking the flavor you have always known. The orange juice concentrate gives you lots of flavors, and it is better to use than orange juice. Orange juice is watered own. The vanilla pudding powder provides a boost of vanilla flavor and the egg whites in the pudding mix gives this drink a lift.
Orange Julius History
The very famous Orange Julius drink started as an orange juice stand back in Los Angeles back in 1926 by Julius Freed. Sales were very modest early on so a friend came up with the idea of a drink mix that would make the acidic orange juice easier on the stomach.
Freed’s stand took up this new drink, which had a frothy, creamy texture, and sales took off. It became so popular that people began lining up at the store and shouting, “Give me an Orange, Julius!”
This acclaim led to the new drink being named the Orange Julius. In 1987, the Orange Julius chain was incorporated into Dairy Queen where you now are most likely to be able to drink an Orange Julius.
Did the Orange Julius use raw eggs?
When the Orange Julius first came out they did use raw eggs in the recipe, but the recipe was changed over time, and they changed the raw eggs to egg white powder.
Is the Orange Julius Healthy?
A small Orange Julius may not be the healthiest option, if you buy one in the restaurant a small one has about 300 calories, and it has about 75 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to a soda. There is about a gram of fiber in a serving, but these are low in salt with only about 57 grams. These may not be the healthiest option, but they are a great treat to enjoy once in a while.
How to Make an Orange Julius
You only need these five ingredients to make a homemade Orange Julius:
- Frozen Orange Juice concentrate
- Powdered Sugar
Put 1 1/2 cups of ice and all 5 ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and you have your Orange Julius!
Some fun facts
- The original stand also provided Bible tracts and medicinal tonics.
- It became the official drink of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
- During 1970 and the early 1980s, it used the image of a devil with a pitchfork inserted through an orange, along with the apt slogan, “A Devilish Good Drink.” This logo and slogan were later dropped because the logo was somewhat similar to that of Arizona State University’s mascot, Sparky.
- If you already have premixed orange juice, use 1 2/3 cups of that instead of the concentrate and water. If your ice cubes are from a tray, you may want to pre-crush them a bit because the ice blends better if it is not in large pieces.
- The original orange beverage was made with raw eggs, but I believe they’ve gotten away from this as many people feel uncomfortable with eating raw eggs. However, if you want to add raw eggs, you can get eggs that are pasteurized, and these are safe to consume. My recipe does not contain eggs.
Perfect for Summer
Although this is the perfect refreshing drink to make any time, it’s especially good in the heat of summer. It’s a fun, non-alcoholic beverage that your whole family will enjoy. To make things easy, you can watch a video to see how to make this special orange smoothie.
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Orange Julius Recipe
- 2/3 cup orange juice concentrate
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 6 ice cubes (approx 1 1/2 cups ice)
- Put all ingredients in a blender, cover and blend until smooth. Hints: If you already have premixed orange juice, use 1 2/3 cups of that instead of the concentrate and water. If your ice cubes are from a tray, you may want to pre-crush them a bit because the ice blends better if it is not in large pieces.