I love Orange Julius. It has always been a favorite treat of mine.
However, I do not have an Orange Julius anyway near me. That is the problem with living in the country. Treats like Orange Julius are not on every corner.
Not only that, I do not love the price. I often pass up an Orange Julius simply because I can not see spending three or four dollars on a drink that will be gone in minutes.
I have always wanted to be able to make them at home, so that I can have my treat anytime I want, without spending a fortune on them.
Over the years I have tried many copycat versions. Some have been good, but none have been, “it”. None were just like the real thing. None were good enough to substitute for the real thing. They were all missing something and I could not quite get it right, so I gave up on making an at home version of it.
However, I recently saw a copycat version of Orange Julius from Food Network. This recipe was a little different than any other that I had tried. The main difference was that this recipe contain powdered sugar. I had never thought about using that instead of regular sugar before, but I thought that it might help the texture and taste that was lacking in the versions that I had tried before. I decided to once again try making an at home version.
I gave this version a try. This recipe was perfect. I did not tweak a thing. I could not believe how close to the real thing this is. This is a new favorite treat in our house. I can not count how many times I have made this in the last few weeks.
We love these. They are a perfect summertime treat.
Copycat Orange Julius
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup ice
- Place ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
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