Orange “Julias”

Labor Day weekend – it seemed long this year! Number 2 was home with his “gf” and I pulled out a few old favorites to teach them. I don’t think I’ve made Orange Julias since the yunguns were in grade school – but it sure impressed a few of their friends when they had sleep overs.

Orange Julius Recipe
Orange Julius Recipe

The recipe I’ve used for years is so simple, so cheap, and so easy you’ll be surprised. A bit sweet for my taste, I often cut back on the sugar. As written, it does taste a lot like the Orange Julius one can buy in almost any mall, although I admit to not having tasted one for years and years.

See, I’m not much of a “mall” person – as a matter of fact, I can easily go years without stepping inside one. When Saturday rolls around, you’ll find me almost any place but a mall likely trouncing around somewhere with Gibbie! Child number 2, though, tells me Orange Julius has now paired up with Dairy Queen, but I’ll still make mine at home. In my PJ’s, no doubt!

Orange Julius Recipe
Orange Julius Recipe

By the way, don’t think you’ll health this up and make it with orange juice – while you can freeze the juice and use it instead of ice and still get a nice slushy texture, and it will still taste good, it will never have that intensity of flavor or creaminess one gets from the frozen concentrate!

Now I’m wondering about an “adult” version – less sugar, a little tequila, a touch of grenadine…hmmm. That’s another post, but in the meantime, enjoy these!

Orange Julius Recipe
Orange Julius Recipe

Orange Julius Copycat

  • Servings: 4 - 7 oz ea
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 6 ounces of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 14 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add all ingredients to blender, process until smooth and creamy. (hint – start with the ice crusher button and move on to the frappe.) You may need to stop after a minute or two and stir.


  • I made the above using the concentrate while still frozen – it gives the best results. If you’d like yours slushier, put the concentrate in the fridge the night before so it is melted when you use it.
  • Notice the servings of these are fairly small by many of today’s standards! Slightly under a cup. Even that has quite a bit of sugar and is a much more “reasonable” size than the giant servings you may be used to at fast food places.

from the kitchen of

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:

  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
  • Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Read {Strategies Applied} for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.


185 Calories, 1g fat, 2g protein; 43g carbohydrate; dietary fiber 4g; 4mg cholesterol; 20mg sodium; exchange: 1 fruit, 0 nonfat milk, 0 fat, 1 1/2 other carbohydrates.

Put Your own Spin on It:

  • Variations of this recipe are really endless, made as above, any concentrate could be used.
  • While the OJ and milk makes it taste like a creamsicle, of course you’re not limited to using milk as your liquid. Try any juice you’d like.

4 thoughts on “Orange “Julias””

    1. I just thought they were everywhere! Guess I was wrong. But now it doesn’t matter because you can make them at home!

      I’ve made them for brunches before and they were the hit of the party! Have extra ice and concentrate, because you’re guests WILL want more!

      You can make it really easy on yourself and count out the ice cubes and put them in batches of 14 in a bag in the freezer, and even measure the sugar, water, milk, mix together and put in a jar in the fridge.

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