I have seen no end of recipes and packaged additives claiming the ability to transform normal orange juice into something that tastes like the original Orange Julius. Each and every one of these–and, yes, I tried every single one I’ve come across–has been a monumental disappointment. Some were close, but no cigar.
The other day, I saw a recipe in a friend’s newsfeed describing itself as a totally healthy, GMO-free version of the orange creamsicle. After rejecting a couple of the suggested ingredients outright and substituting in what I had on hand, the results were not quite orange creamsicle, but were certainly reminiscent of an Orange Julius.
I gulped the test batch down right out of the mixing bowl, while my husband watched in amused and slightly horrified disbelief. The nearest Orange Julius stand is, as far as I know, about 200 miles away, so I feel this behavior was only to be expected.
Normally I wouldn’t say this, but, to get these results, you really have got to use the brand name products described in this recipe. As to the “Simply Orange,” their production includes a flavoring process that achieves a uniform, specific flavor that is distinct from all other brands (some find this process both unhealthy and undesirable). As to the “Silk” brand coconut milk, it contains, among other things, guar gum and carageenan, which moderates the texture, as opposed to unadulterated coconut milk from the can. It is also the most similar product to the coconut milk offered by Knudsen back in the late 1970s and early ’80s, which, to my knowledge, is no longer available.
With that long preface, onto the recipe.
Orange Julius Popsicles
- 2 cups “Simply Orange” orange juice
- 2 cups “Silk” brand coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup white sugar (optionally increase to 1/2 cup sugar)
Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly, preferably in a container you can shake or a blender.
Pour into plastic popsicle forms and freeze until solid, or serve over crushed ice, or blend with crushed ice. Might be good with some Caribbean-style rum.