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This copycat orange julius is so cool, refreshing, and sweet. No need to spend $5 at the mall for a small cup when you can make it yourself at home. You have got to try out this easy, simple, & delicious recipe.


 The town that I live in does not have a lot of ‘kid activities’ to do. There are few nice parks that we frequent, a splash pad, and then there is the mall. A couple of years ago the mall here put in this fruit & vegetable play area. The play toys are actually giant fruits and vegetables. At first I thought it was really weird and just knew that my kids would think it was dumb. It has actually become one of the most frequented places to let the kids run around and get some energy out. 

Of course, right across from the play area is an Orange Julius. Don’t you just love those drinks? I always have. My kids beg for one every time we play there and the answer is always the same. “No”. Call me cheap or whatever but I don’t care to spend close to $5 for a cup of orange smoothie. 


I promise you that this copycat version tastes exactly like the original and maybe even better.

You can customize it to your liking too. Do you like yours with more ice chunks (i do!) then just add more ice. Do you like less sweet or more sweet? Increase or decrease the powdered sugar. I will advise and say that you do need the powdered sugar because orange juice is so acidic that you need something to balance that.


Try adding other fruit to make your own Orange Julius:

add some raspberries for a raspberry orange julius

add some blueberries for a blueberry orange julius

add some strawberries for a strawberry orange julius

You get the point 🙂 Make it your own. Experiment with different flavors. It’s really yummy any way you have it.

Yields 2 large glasses or 4 smaller glasses

Orange Julius

** The orange juice concentrate comes in a 12 oz can. I just scoop out half of it and then put the lid back on and use the remainder next time I make these.

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  • 6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate **
  • 1 cup low-fat or skim milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  • Combine all the ingredients, except the ice cubes, in a blender and process until smooth and frothy.
  • Add the ice cubes and blend until your desired consistency.

I am trying to get back on track around here 🙂 Lots going on and some changes, so I will get back to posting regularly soon. I promise. I miss posting and cooking for y’all.  

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    April 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm Oh my gosh I want to make this soooo question for the juice ratio the same no matter what flavor you are using ?? thanks for the help & a great recipe !
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      Together As Family
      April 8, 2016 at 10:04 am Hey Abby. I would say yes that the juice ratio will be the same. Just make sure that whatever you use, that it's frozen concentrate. The standard size for the frozen juice concentrate is 12 oz, so just scoop out half of whatever you use. Hope that helps :)
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    May 10, 2016 at 10:34 am This was delicious and refreshing! My 14 year old daughter made them for us and guests. Easy, too. Thank you!
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      Together As Family
      May 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm Hey Anne. I'm so glad you all loved these. That's pretty impressive your daughter made them for everyone! Sounds like me when I was younger :) Thanks so much for letting me know.

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