Easy Orange Julius Copycat

The first time I made this recipe was in my eighth grade foods class. I don’t know why but I am finding that seriously funny right now. It was one of the first recipes I ever made on my own and I remember thinking, “oh my gosh, this is soooo good..  I made this!” Little did I know that they start you off with stuff so easy it can hardly even be deemed a recipe.
But, since when did I ever have a problem with easy??
I love this drink because it tastes like a dessert but really isn’t that bad for you. It is perfect for summer when I want my little man to stay hydrated but he is sick to death of water and deserves a little treat. I also love to serve this (in smaller portions) as a juice with our frequent country breakfasts (eggs, hashbrowns, bacon etc.). Soooo good.
You really can’t go wrong with this one. Have your kids make it for you, they will love it and maybe it will release the inner chef like it did for 13 year old me, haha.

Here’s what you need:
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup cold milk
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8-9 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend for 2 minutes. Depending on which frozen orange juice you are using (some are sweeter than others) you may not need a full 1/2 cup sugar. I usually don’t. Start with about 1/3 cup and then add more if desired. Also, most orange juice concentrates are 12 oz, so I just make 2 batches and then save the leftovers in the blender in the fridge. When we want the leftovers I just stick the whole thing back on the blender for a minute or so to froth it back up.

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