Introduction: How to Make Orange Julius

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A delicious, easy to make, frozen orange drink. I will be showing you how to make it with a simple recipe. Enjoy

Step 1: What You Need

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Orange Juice
Ice Cream
A couple of Ice Cubes
Powder Sugar (not needed but helps)
A blender

Step 2: Add the Ice Cubes and Ice Cream

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Add a 3-4 Ice Cubes and some Ice Cream. You can make this as creamy or as liquidy as you like by changing how much ice cream you put in it.

Step 3: Add Orange Juice and Powder Sugar

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Pour the OJ so it is about the level of the ice cream, and then add a teaspoon of powder sugar.

Step 4: Blend It and Drink It

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Just blend it. Now just drink it.


CrayfishYAY (author)2011-06-30

How about instead of powdered sugar, you do Truvia, Sugar in the Raw, or Stevia sweet leaf. Those are great alternatives to that white crap that can cause liver damage, high blood pressure, & diabetes. & you know what's so cool? The Truvia & Stevia are actually sweeter than sugar. But whatever you do, DON'T GET SPLENDA OR SWEET & LOW!!!! THAT CRAP IS MUCH WORSE THAN SUGAR!! It is like sand in your stomach & that stuff will be in your stomach for the rest of your life.

davisab1 (author)CrayfishYAY2012-01-12

Like sand in your stomach huh? Well sand in your stomach doesn't last very long because you poop it out pretty quickly. Much shorter than "the rest of your life"

Skazal (author)2010-12-29

Synesthesia (author)2009-12-07

Orange Julius's DEFINITELY do not have any ice cream in them.  That would be considered more of a creamsicle-type shake/smoothie (but still yummy in it's own right).

Anyways, I've always seen them put in a scoop of some kind of "secret powder" when making Orange Julius's at the mall, and I dug around a bit and found out that the secret powder consists of a blend of powdered egg whites, powdered milk, and powdered coconut and vanilla.  At least that's how they used to make it when I was a kid (and waaay back in the day when it was invented, in the 1930's I think, they used fresh egg whites but now due to salmonella risks they use the pasteurized powdered kind). 

So, I came up with my own recipe and it really has that frothy goodness that the real Orange Julius's have:

(I just throw stuff in the blender and taste it until it tastes right, so there will be no measurements given)

Orange Juice (you can use frozen concentrate too, just use more water)
Water (a small amount)
Powdered egg whites (found in baking aisle)
Powdered milk
cream of coconut (just a smidge)
confectioner's sugar
vanilla extract

Throw it all in the blender, except for the ice.  Use a decent amount of the p. egg whites and p. milk, the more you use, the frothier it gets.  Blend until conbined, and then taste it and adjust the ingredients accordingly.  Then add the ice, more or less depending on how slushy you like it.

Then drink up!  Trust me, this is the closest to the real deal you're gonna get.  It's soooo yummy.

note:  i've used the same basic recipe, subbing out the oj for frozen strawberries (thawed) for a Strawberry Julius, and pineapple juice and chunks for a Pineapple Julius.

also, if you can't find powdered egg whites, liquid egg beaters works well too (that's pasteurized as well, so no worries abuot salmonella).

titopablito (author)Synesthesia2010-07-25

The missing ingredient is Malt, like they use at the Malt shop or in Whoppers.

Kathybear (author)2008-06-05

I always thought a banana was one of the ingredients. I could swear I saw it being added at an Orange Julius years ago...

Thornburg (author)Kathybear2008-06-05

It could have been, that wouldn't be bad. I will try that and get back to you.

acemox (author)Thornburg2009-10-23

     I don't drink the orange put I do know about the Strawberry and I will report back later on the orange for all you fans of the original.  If this is hard to make out I'm sorry and if I have enough people ask to rewrite I will once I go and ask the person behind the counter how to make the Original Orange Julias for all you fans and the one posted is taste great.  So don't wait do it today you will have a good taste if you don't have a place to buy one availiable.   
     Thankfully, we still have an O-J here in town.  I asked the person how they made it and they gave me this recipe.  For Strawberry they used regular birds eye thawed strawberries.  Or any Strawberries that are used with a strawberry shortcake with the juice from the bag.  However, before this you will need a blender it helps.  Then fill it to about 2 on blender ice.  then add the secret O from the fountain drink to the blender in this case when I asked what it was she told me it was "sugar water"  so that it what you put in and fill it to where half of the ice is covered or 1 on blender and remember while mixing your sugar and water that the frozen strawberries are all ready sweet so when someone finds a good mix let us know how much to how much ratio.  Add two bags of strawberries in there case they use a scooper and added two large soup ladels full.  Then blend if you want to cut it down to a smaller size and one bag divide by 2 of course so 1/2 blender full sugar water again watch your mix.  One bag strawberries and to one on the blender with ice and that should do good.

Kathybear (author)Thornburg2008-06-06

I checked one of those "top secret" recipe links and it is a "Banana Julius". That explains that at least....

Thornburg (author)Kathybear2008-06-08

They sound great (haven't gotten to making one yet) but I was wondering did they still add the orange juice.

Kathybear (author)Thornburg2008-06-08

Apparently it's an Orange Julius with a banana... Not a big deal...

ludionis (author)2009-10-01

So, scratching my head over why the wine bottle gets a photo tag (that doesn't show up anywhere else in the instructable) but the sugar which is part of the recipe, doesn'

thegamer2000 (author)2008-07-16

i mean that place where they sell Orange Julius!Uhh...i'm pretty sure it's DQ

Thornburg (author)thegamer20002008-07-16

I know, it is owned by DQ.

darby0malley (author)Thornburg2009-09-06

Orange Julius is made at Orange Julius not DQ and Thornburg is correct Orange Julius is a branch of the Dairy Queen parent company

thegamer2000 (author)2008-07-14

this doesn't look like that place where they sell that stuff...oh,yeah,that's because it's not that place.

toogers (author)thegamer20002009-08-31


Thornburg (author)thegamer20002008-07-14


rosycheeks (author)2009-06-14

I add some powdered malt and it tastes like the real julius!!

xdarkxsparkyx (author)2009-03-09

looks DQ but its acually preety good tasts good

Grey_Wolfe (author)2008-05-25

Is that you?!?

mystixmind (author)2008-05-01

The original Orange Julius did use vanilla about 1 tsp. Also the secret that made it "frothy" was they put egg whites in it. You had the option of adding the whole egg if you wanted. Due to possible health issues like salmonella they now use a secret dairy ingredient instead.
oj, water, egg whites, vanilla, sugar and ice for exact amounts go to:

karossii (author)2008-05-01

The actual Orange Julius recipe is quite different - I like your orange sahke recipe, but it ain't nearly the same! First, no ice cream (or vanilla) is used at all. At the Orange Julius, they have a couple of pre mixed items they make each day to use, and here's the secret. First, they have pitchers of sugar water. They use room temperature (not hot, not cold) water and supersaturate it with sugar, until there is just a tiny bit left that won't mix in - this just gets left in the bottom of the pitcher and washed out later. Second, they add a tiny bit of malt flavoring to frozen orange juice concentrate, and the tiniest bit of water, and blend it up into a slurry. I think their mixture is about two tablespoons of malt to 1 large (restaurant size) can - which would be about 3 1/2 cans you buy in the grocery store, and about 1/2 cup water. You can vary it to taste. While it varies from their recipe, I like to add a few squirts of lemon juice to this mix; it beefs up the orange flavor (more citric acid). Then, they put ice in the blender, filled about halfway, and add in the orange slurry about 1/4 to 1/3 up the blender, and add sugar-water to just the level of the ice. You can vary the amount of ice for thickness of the final drink.

karossii (author)karossii2008-05-01

oops, couple of typos. That is 'shake' in the first sentence, and the amount of water in the slurry should be 1/4, not 1/2 cup.

deth2all (author)2008-04-30

we made these in 6th grade home ec. back like....... 13-ish years ago

chuckr44 (author)2008-02-11

Mmm. Memories from 1980. They had these in the mall in 1980. Here's my recipe: 3/4 cup milk 5 ice cubes 1/4 of large can of frozen OJ 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon sugar Blend until ice cubes are crushed. Drink.

Thornburg (author)chuckr442008-02-11

You know that they still have these in malls. Orange Julius
Why pay 4 bucks though, when you can make it for free.

There is a place called Dentons that sells them for like $3 were I live.

This is awesome, I have always wanted to know how to make an orange julius.

thinkahead (author)2008-02-10

Can you use regular sugar If you run the old blender longer ?

Thornburg (author)thinkahead2008-02-10

You don't have to use powder sugar. It just kind of takes away the tart.

Thornburg (author)2008-02-10

You can do it without the powder sugar. I have done it and it still is delicious. But still get some powder sugar.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-09

Heh... "Drink this. Drink this later." Nice job, looks really good. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure I'm out of powdered sugar and orange juice. I will have to make this next time we get orange juice, I'll try to see if I can get some powdered sugar too. Nice job, it looks GOOD. +1 rating.

Thornburg (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-09

Thanks, I am drinking it right now.

GorillazMiko (author)Thornburg2008-02-09

Dang, I really want someeeeeee. :-(

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