Fresh and delicious, this homemade Orange Julius is the perfect way to cool off after a long day. Made from fresh orange juice, sweet vanilla and creamy scoops of ice cream, this recipe is a near-perfect copycat of the Orange Julius you'd get at the mall. In fact, you might even find that you prefer this recipe to the commercial version!
The official Orange Julius company actually began as an orange juice stand in California. In order to make the drink less acidic, the current creamy concoction was born and it quickly became very popular. It spread from there and now you’d be hard-pressed to find someone unfamiliar with the name.
Instead of using ice, milk and sweetener, like a lot of Orange Julius recipes out there, we go straight to the ice cream! This makes the drink even easier and quicker to prepare, and it tastes amazing. The ice cream blends up nice and easy.
This is the Orange Julius that I grew up on. It was a staple at our Sunday brunches and now my kids get to experience it too. In fact, I have to be sure to ration it out before they get their hands on it.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even toss in a variety of berries, whichever you like best or have on hand! Make it a fun adult-version by adding some white rum or vodka and some orange liqueur. Anyone? Michelle?
It can be stored in the fridge for a day or two, but it won’t be the same as the freshly blended stuff.
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Homemade Orange Julius Recipe (Copycat)
- 3 cups ice cream
- 3 cups orange juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Blend all ingredients in a blender, until smooth.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.
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