I remember my dad telling me about this place that made delicious orange drinks, Orange Julius. Fun Fact: Orange Julius has been in business since the early 1920s. I think orange is my dad’s favorite flavor – which was weird to me, because when I was younger I didn’t like orange flavored – anything!! Not even sugar covered, orange jelly candies could persuade me.
We lived in a small town – with no Orange Julius, no Toys R Us, no See’s Candy and no FARRELL’s Ice Cream Parlor. That doesn’t have anything to do with this post, I just REALLY missed those places when we moved. (Update: I believe Toys R Us just announced they area closing all locations & Farrell’s Ice Cream parlor is re-opening a few location.)
I’m not sure when I tasted my first “authentic” Orange Julius, it was probably when I moved to a new town to attend college. However, I do remember the first time I tasted one of the yummiest drinks ever – a drink which made me add “orange” to one of my favorite flavors; a drink which is just as tasty if not better than the name brand. I was visiting my friend Shelly & her family served me a yummy drink made in their very own blender… I was hooked. I was SO hooked, even 25 years later, Shelly still remembers how much I liked that drink.
Anyway, today, my daughter wasn’t feeling well, had a slight fever & not much of an appetite. She asked me to make her a “smoothie”. I was out of frozen strawberries and so I couldn’t make the one thing that actually sounded appetizing to her; a strawberry banana smoothie. I felt bad about not being able to make the smoothie.
Then I found a can of orange, pineapple, & banana concentrate in my freezer & the idea struck me. Even though it wasn’t exactly orange juice concentrate, I figured it was worth a try. I get really excited when I have “a-ha, mom-saves-the-day” moments that my children actually appreciate. I mixed up the concentrate with some milk, vanilla, ice & sweetener. While it’s not the healthiest smoothie I typically blend for my children, it was a special surprise & a treat for my ailing child; at least it had milk, vitamin C and some water for hydration. Plus it made enough to serve 2 more kiddos.
I consider this smoothie more of a dessert/snack smoothie. The smoothies I typically make are relatively healthy – fruit, ice (if using fresh fruit), protein powder, coconut water/water, vanilla & sometimes yogurt, spinach etc.
This recipe is SO easy to modify, and I have made it with varying amounts of each ingredient
- 1/2 - 2/3 cup Orange Juice Concentrate or more to taste
- 1 cup Milk the amount of cream in the milk, will determine the "creaminess"
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 15 Ice Cubes
- sweetener to taste I use a dash of Stevia/vanilla yogurt works well, too. - Sugar makes it tastes more like an Orange Julius, but obviously less healthy.
- 1 TBL meringue powder or powdered egg whites Optional
Add orange juice concentrate, milk, vanilla, and 7 ice cubes into a blender and blend.
Add sweetener to taste, the optional meringue/egg white powder and a fe more ice cubes. Blend until creamy adding ice cubes until the desired consistency is achieved.
- The Meringue Powder / Powdered Egg Whites (to taste), also makes it taste more like an Orange Julius
- Substitute Orange, Banana, Pineapple juice concentrate in place of the Orange juice concentrate for a more tropical version
- Add vanilla protein powder, plain or vanilla yogurt for an additional boost of protein - the flavor will be slightly affected, more creamy/vanilla tasting - this can be counter-acted some by adding a little more of the juice concentrate