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Making Orange Julius at home?

Anyone do this successfully?

I know originally it was made with raw egg white, which (when blended) made the drink nice and frothy.

But currently (because of health regs with Salmonella), they are using a supposedly super-secret dairy-derivative that provides the same foamy texture.

Any idea what this might be? A powdered creamer (e.g. Coffee-Mate of some sort)?

I used raw egg whites (along with OJ, crushed ice, sugar, vanilla, and water) and it was good (and foamy) but didn't exactly replicate the Orange Julius you find at the mall.

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  1. I worked at Orange Julius on W 4th st in the village back in 1976-77; we only used three ingredients in making the drinks, which were fresh fruit juice (whatever flavor we were making), a specially formulated powder mix and ice. Raw egg white was not used at the location where I worked; I worked at this store for almost a year and we never used it.

    I have to say, you've brought back memories...I loved the strawberry Julius

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      the problem is, what was in that powder mix?

      sigh ......... I loved those drinks and ours made fantastic burgers.

      1. re: smartie

        I wish I'd have paid attention; I was only 16 and Orange Julius was my first summer job.
        I loved it there..ours sold hot dogs with the best chili & mountains of cheese, they also sold pretzels

        1. re: Cherylptw

          I think my favorite was an orange with banana. But I could only handle one per hour. Something about that distinctive odor and brain freeze I think ...

        2. re: smartie

          Okay, everybody, this was my first foodie detective victory- meringue powder. Get some at Michael's and try it out and you'll see. Blend it with OJ and voila- Fresh OJ if possible.

          1. re: EWSflash

            Ok everyone, the "mystery powder" had a distinct flavor; I remember tasting it dry; it was flavored & sweet with vanilla notes BUT I seriously doubt it was just powdered egg white product. In fact, I don't believe it had any egg white in it at all. The combination of the powder and juice whizzed in a blender is what gave it the creamy consistancy. Eggs were offered as an protein "option" addition to drinks at some Orange Juilus' but were done away with when salmonella became a concern, however, stores were franchised and not all offered the egg SO, egg was not what gave it the creamy consistancy.

            Keep in mind that everyone thought an egg cream had an egg white in it to make it creamy also, but alas, it has no egg.

            It would be nice if someone who worked where the powder was manufactured would run across this thread..

        3. re: Cherylptw

          I probably ordered one from you, an Orange Julius, that is. Only the original for me.
          Grew up around the corner. Went there all the time. Hmmm. So what was in that powder?

        4. I checked one of the "Top Secret Recipe" cookbooks and the recipe Todd Wilbur gives sounds like it might be the one you used. 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup water, 2 egg whites,
          3/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 heaping cup of ice. Combine all
          ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 15 to 30 seconds. Haven't tried it so can't comment but I do remember another recipe that I tried some time ago and I recall it called for some vanilla instant pudding powder.

          1. I checked a later edition of the Top Recipe cookbooks and they have the bannana and the strawberry julius and both called for 3 TBSP of pasturized egg whites or egg substitutes. I know you can also buy egg whites in a powdered form. This may be their "secret" powder.

            1. El Barrio juice bar makes a delicious one. They use evaporated milk and a dusting of I think nutmeg.

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              1. re: nightkitchen

                Here's what I do... this comes out incredibly creamy.. almost like a Creamsicle.

                Get some oranges. Peel. Run whole through juicer (I have a Breville which works quite well, as it has a large feed chute) - Yes, a regular centrifugal juicer, like a Juiceman, etc.

                And.. that's it, actually. Yes, just whole, peeled oranges. Try it and see!

                1. re: MarlboroMan

                  That's so funny I remember having orange juice out of a juicer like this when I was a kid, and totally being put off by the froth on top! I haven't seen one of those since!