Home > Beverages > Orange Julius Orange Julius April 27, 2019 | 28 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. A copycat orange julius made in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar! We love this orange julius for a fun treat! When in the mood for a healthier smoothie, we whip up an acai bowl, this blueberry smoothie, or this strawberry banana smoothie. I don’t know how exactly it started, but growing up, our Christmas morning tradition always began with homemade cinnamon rolls and an Orange Julius. We never really had Julius’s outside of Christmas (I’m not sure why as it seems more of a summer treat anyways), but it simply wasn’t Christmas morning without it! While stores charge a good amount of money for an Orange Julius, they couldn’t be easier to make in the comfort of your own home. Plus a lot more economical! How to make an Orange Julius Combine ingredients: add your orange juice concentrate, whole milk, water, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and ice cubes. Blend: to get the perfect consistency you want to blend your Julius until the ice is all combined and there is a frothy consistency. Chunks of ice make this smoothie much less enjoyable! Serve: immediately after blending, pour this Julius into glasses and enjoy! It’s sure to be a hit! 🙂 What does an Orange Julius taste like? An Orange Julius is a dessert-like smoothie (read more about it’s history here). It’s not as thick or milky as a milkshake. This smoothie is a blend of orange juice concentrate, vanilla, milk, ice, and sugar. They’re sweet, slightly tangy, and tastes similar to a creamsicle. They also tend to be quite frothy towards the top. Difference between a smoothie and a Julius A Julius drink has a thin, more icy, and frothy consistency than a smoothie. A smoothie is typically thicker and has an array of fruits and/or veggies in it. You’ll find smoothie recipes are generally quite a bit healthier than this recipe. Which brings us to a commonly asked question about this drink: Is an Orange Julius healthy? I would definitely categorize an Orange Julius as a treat. 🙂 While I wouldn’t consider them healthy, I think they’re a great dessert to have in moderation! More citrus treats: Lemon Bars rave reviews Pina Colada Fruit Salad Blackberry orange muffins Lemon Pie creamy and delicious Mango Smoothie FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Orange Julius 5 from 9 votes - Review this recipe A copycat Orange Julius made in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Orange Julius 5 from 9 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe A copycat Orange Julius made in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar! Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword orange julius Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 2 -4 servings Calories 92kcal Author Chelsea, my mom's recipe! Ingredients1/2 of 1 full (12 ounce container) orange juice from concentrate, not thawed1 cup whole milk1 cup water1/4 cup powdered sugar2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (increase/reduce to personal preference)1 cup ice cubes InstructionsCombine everything in a blender and blend until completely smooth and no ice chunks remain.Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately. Nutrition FactsCalories: 92kcal DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.