Just like a day at the fair isn't complete without a Lemon Shake Up, a trip to the mall isn't done right unless you grab an Orange Julius while you're there. Well, at least that's how we did it when I was a mall-trolling teenager...
I really can't remember the last time I've seen a real Orange Julius store, and picking one up at Dairy Queen just isn't the same. Am I right? So I did a little research and put together this homemade Orange Julius recipe that I can enjoy any time I want!
And now is the perfect time to give it a try, because Walmart's annual Citrus Celebration is happening in stores. This Orange Julius recipe uses navel oranges, but you'll find a wide array of beautiful citrus fruits beyond this basic choice. If you want to try something a little more exotic, check out this Blood Orange Mango Black Bean Salad that I created last year during the event -- yum!
One of the reasons I love to shop for produce at Walmart is their 100% freshness guarantee, which means that if I'm not completely satisfied with my produce purchase, I can just bring back my receipt to receive a full refund, no questions asked! There's not even a need to bring back the spoiled items.
Aside from some fresh, juicy and delicious navel oranges, you'll probably also need to pick up a container of meringue powder -- you'll find it in the cake decorating aisle. The remaining ingredients are staples that you most likely have on hand already: milk, confectioner's sugar, pure vanilla extract, and ice.
While you can make this Orange Julius recipe using store-bought orange juice, I far prefer the taste of fresh-squeezed OJ -- it's definitely worth the extra work! You'll need to add about 1 3/4 cups of it to your blender. To the orange juice add the milk, confectioner's sugar, meringue powder and vanilla extract, and blend thoroughly. Add the ice and blend again until smooth and frothy.
This recipe makes enough for two large 16-oz. glasses, but we often split it up into four smaller 8-oz. servings. Either way, it's a delicious and refreshing drink any time!
Note: I know that my Orange Julius isn't quite as orange as what you'd get in a store, but I wasn't willing to add any food coloring, etc. to achieve that shade. I've heard rumors that flat orange pop is used as coloring in the original, so if you want a brighter shade, by all means give that a try. But we love it as is!
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