Home > Beverages > Orange Julius Orange Julius April 27, 2019 | 30 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 them outside of Christmas (I’m not sure why as it seems more of a summer treat anyway), 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! QUICK TIP Orange Julius® is the signature product of the Orange Julius beverage company and came on the scene in the 1920s, but over the years the recipe has circulated so widely–even at Disney resorts!–that Orange Julius is now an iconic fruit drink. How to make an Orange Julius Combine ingredients. Add orange juice concentrate, whole milk, water, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and ice cubes. Blend. Blend the 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 into glasses and enjoy! It’s sure to be a hit! What does an Orange Julius taste like? This drink is a dessert-like smoothie that tastes a lot like an orange creamsicle (read more about its history here). It’s not as thick or creamy as a milkshake. Difference between a smoothie and a Julius A Julius has a thinner, icier, frothier 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. While smoothies may contain more calories than an Orange Julius, the smoothies are pretty much all fruit (and fruit nutrition). Which brings us to a commonly asked question about this drink: Is an Orange Julius healthy? I would categorize this beverage as a treat. While I wouldn’t consider them healthy, they beat ice cream and cake from a nutritional and calorie perspective, so, I think they’re a great dessert to have in moderation! More citrus treats Lemon Bars with a shortbread cookie crust Lemon Pie with a graham cracker crust Mango Smoothie with orange juice Lemon Berry Slush with frozen strawberries Lemon Blueberry Bread made with Greek yogurt 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 10 votes - Review this recipe Make this copycat Orange Julius 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 10 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Make this copycat Orange Julius in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar! Course Dessert, Drinks, Snack Cuisine American Keyword orange julius Prep Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Servings 2 -4 servings Calories 280kcal 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 process until completely smooth and no ice chunks remain.Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately. Nutrition FactsCalories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 734mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 117mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. 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.