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Orange Julius

on October 4, 2019

You all know how I feel about old church cookbooks, and that’s where I found this recipe for making your own Orange Julius at home. Back when I was growing up, we’d make big shopping trips to Minneapolis for many reasons: back to school shopping, Christmas shopping, shopping in general. One time – when I was really little and we were shopping at one of the large department stores – I decided it would be a funny idea to hide from my mom. I hid inside one of the racks of clothes she was looking through, and before I knew it, the joke was on me. I couldn’t find her. Not only was she not looking for me, I didn’t see her anywhere! Where was her big brown swing coat with the fur collar and the really big buttons? Well, this wasn’t so funny anymore. Eventually a woman came over to me and asked if I was lost. Somehow – finally – we found each other. I don’t remember exactly what happened, or how much trouble I was in when we got home, but I do remember that feeling. It was NOT pleasant. I never pulled that funny joke again – not that particular one, anyway! The older my sister and me got, the more those shopping trips were geared toward OUR clothes shopping, and were usually spent at one of the large malls. What did you always see at the mall? Orange Julius! We just didn’t have those in our smaller town (our town did eventually get a mall, but we didn’t have one way back then), and I’m sure that’s where this recipe came from. Someone went to one of those malls in the big city and decided that they loved that frothy orange drink from the mall so much, there had to be a way to make it at home. Grandma’s church cookbook has several recipes for how to make your own Orange Julius, but I chose this one to make – because it was the easiest one! As it says on the recipe, this would be great for breakfast or an after school snack.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Orange Julius

Mix in blender until frothy:

3 ounces orange juice concentrate

1/4 cup sugar (I used a bit less than 1/4 cup – it’s plenty sweet!)

1/2 cup milk (I used skim milk)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup water

5-6 ice cubes, crushed if possible

First I put all the ingredients into my old harvest gold 1970’s Oster blender. It still works great!

I blended it until it was frothy.

That’s how quick and easy this recipe is – blend and done.

This WOULD be great for a breakfast or brunch, but I think it would also make a GREAT after school snack. Kids could make it themselves if they know how to use the blender. But come on – the best way to enjoy this perfect and refreshing Orange Julius that you make at home, is after a very long day of shopping at your favorite mall – maybe it’s time for a shopping trip!




One response to “Orange Julius

  1. I bet this tastes like a creamsicle!

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