There are a few things I long from the past: the ability to fill up a tank of gas with a handful of loose change, my once boundless and youthful energy and the original Orange Julius.
While the last item is a mild exaggeration, there is no doubt that Orange Julius has changed quite a bit. Nowadays you can sometimes find them sharing retail space with Dairy Queen in a few select mall locations, and the once-creamy, frothy and orange-flavored drink with a hint of vanilla is now a shadow of its former self. Today’s signature drink has lost its heft and is watered down. Where has all the creaminess gone?
I actually felt bad for the employee at Orange Julius, who had to listen to me relive my tales of ordering an Orange Julius after band class and that her creation tasted like nothing from my youth. But I did find out one thing from her: egg whites are omitted from today’s recipe.
This bit of info sent me into a research tizzy and a need to recreate it on my own. While I tried to make it authentic as possible, I wasn’t down with using egg whites in the final product. I found other recipes which used instant vanilla pudding for that creamy consistency and vanilla flavoring. Instead, I substituted vanilla ice cream to give this version of Orange Julius a bit of a vanilla bump that I fondly remember. My version splits one heaping scoop of premium vanilla ice cream between two servings. The powdered sugar cuts down any bitter orange taste and is also used as a declumping agent.
Bu if you feel the need the add more or even try using pasteurized egg whites for a frothy head, this recipe allows for various interpretations that you can easily adjust.
Wanna-Be Orange Julius
1/2 can (3 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate
1 large scoop vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Approximately 8-10 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender except the ice cream and ice cubes. Cover and whip until frozen orange juice concentrate is broken up.
Slowly add two ice cubes at the time and pulse the blender for a few moments. Add ice cream and pulse for final time until well blended.
Divide into two glasses and serve immediately.