Good Times & Recipe
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Orange Julius (and, in fact, I was inspired to post by this). Long ago (it seems like eons), there was a tiny mall near where we lived with two little department stores (one, if you don’t count Sears, which I didn’t), a handful of stores and a cute little food court. This sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, doesn’t it?? Anyway, this mall was a regular stop for us…non-stressful for my dad but still appealing to my sister’s obessive need to shop. My favorite stops were the Sanrio store with all its little girl Hello Kitty paraphenalia and the colorful, hipness of The Gap. And Orange Julius. I LOVED the frothy, fruity, slightly icy deliciousness of the Julius, and their burgers were delicious too.
Well somehow my mom came up with a comparable recipe–this was waaay before the Internet, and we have been using it ever since. My boys ask for Juliuses(?) and I still love the sweet frothy goodness. Typically I make orange, but we’ve had pineapple too, and last week I bought some frozen strawberries to make a Strawberry Julius. But then…I went onto their website and saw that they’ve come up with a whole range of new flavors…Mango Julius! Must try! So that’s next in the queue.
Basic Recipe for Orange Julius
6 oz. of a can of frozen concentrated orange juice
1 c. milk
1 c. water
1 t. vanilla
10 ice cubes
1/4 c. sugar (I don’t add the sugar any more…I think it’s plenty sweet without)
In blender, combine all ingredients, process for half a minute.
(I’ve also used concentrated pineapple juice. For the Strawbery Juliuses, I just plan on using frozen strawberries.)
Oh, Orange Julius, how I miss you… I miss the old Gap too. What’s with all the adorable clothes for kids and all the blacks, khakis and greys for adults? It’s as if they think we lose all personally when we grow out of the kids’ section. Not me! Bring back the color! And the Juliuses!