Strawberry Orange Julius

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What a Caramel Frappuccino is to teenagers today, the Orange Julius was to me and my girlfriends back in the day. A visit to the mall was incomplete without stopping to pick up one of their frothy orange drinks, made all the more compelling by the older boy with the gentle eyes who filled our orders.


The original was made, from what I gather, of orange juice, milk, sugar, eggs, and ice, a formula developed by Julius Freed who founded the company in the 1920s. Orange Julius is still up and running today, only it’s now owned by Dairy Queen and boasts 10 different flavors.

It’s hard to say what goes into a present day Orange Julius since the ingredients aren’t published on their website. As such, I figured I’d make my own, knowing a homemade version is likely to be more wholesome than one I’d find inside of a Dairy Queen.

I started with a peeled orange instead of orange juice and added a handful of strawberries, both of which up the amount of fiber. I used honey in place of sugar for sweetness, and like the original, included an egg, which has the dual role of boosting the protein and creating the drink’s signature frothiness. Be sure to use a pasteurized egg such as Safest Choice since raw eggs can be risky business. If you can’t find Safest Choice, you can use liquid egg whites from a carton or leave the egg out entirely.

Everything goes into a blender at once and whirls up into a cold delicious treat much like the one I remember as a teen. The only thing missing is the older boy with the gentle eyes…and Mr. Mom’s Kitchen does a stellar job in that role anyhow.




07.24.2013 at8:02 AM #


This looks gorgeous. I loved Orange Julius as a kid and haven’t thought about it in years. Can’t wait to try this…gotta go get some of those pasteurized eggs.

08.06.2013 at2:12 PM #


I loved these! I still remember cruising the mall with one in hand!! Great trip down memory lane 🙂

08.06.2013 at2:12 PM #

Katie Morford

mall + orange julius = life as a teenager

08.06.2013 at6:39 PM #


Orange Julius was my favorite when I was young!!! I can’t wait to recreate this at home and I LOOOOOOVE your addition of strawberries.

08.06.2013 at6:39 PM #

Katie Morford

I’m sure you’ll put your own clever spin on it Tracy…

08.06.2013 at10:16 PM #

Catherine McCord

Orange Julius is like a slice of my childhood. This looks YUMMY!

08.07.2013 at11:54 AM #

suzanne bergeron

Thank you, Katie! I am so excited to try this after we go school shopping at the mall. My teen days often involved a mall and an Orange Julius! It will be a healthy treat for all involved this back to school season. Thanks goodness for your recipes – and those pasteurized eggs!!

08.07.2013 at8:37 PM #


Wow, I have lots of memories of Orange Julius myself…I bet this is better than the original 🙂

08.11.2013 at12:23 PM #

Edible Living

oh yes, i love an orange julius. But this is way better. I’ve been sick and craving a milkshake, which I know is a big no no, so I think we’ll be having this little treat tonight.

08.11.2013 at12:23 PM #

Katie Morford

A hefty dose of Vitamin C can’t hurt! Feel better!

08.12.2013 at10:46 PM #

Lisa | With Style and Grace

Oh, homemade orange julius, sign me up!!

02.28.2014 at4:40 PM #


I put raw organic unpasteurized eggs in my smoothies almost daily and have never had a problem. A statistic I’m familiar with says that the rate of salmonella infected eggs is 1 in 20,000. The rate for chicken is much higher. Remember that raw eggs have been used in cooking (mayo,Caesar dressing, etc.) for hundreds if not thousands of years and that the author of this recipe is a compensated representative of a producer of pasteurized eggs.

02.28.2014 at4:40 PM #

Katie Morford

Thanks for sharing, Donna. You’re right, people have been eating raw eggs for centuries. Salmonella only came into the picture in the 1970s, so it wasn’t of concern prior to that. It is currently the number one source of food-borne illness in this country. While plenty of folks feel very comfortable eating raw eggs, many of my readers are parents with babies and young children who are especially cautious about feeding them to their kids. Safest Choice pasteurized eggs is a good option and one I prefer to the products that come out of a carton.

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