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Go Green With Sunkist Valencia Oranges {Recipe: Creamy Orange Milkshake}

Orange Cream Shake RecipeThis post brought to you by Sunkist. All opinions are 100% mine.

So, oranges are supposed to be orange, right? Guess what… not always!

I know…that’s news to me too. I just assumed with a name like orange you’d be that color, but with Sunkist® Valencia oranges, that’s not always the case. I recently found out this cool little fact…

Sunkist® Valencia oranges may occasionally “re-green” in warm weather. When Valencias ripen on the tree, they turn a bright orange color but warm temperatures may make their skin reabsorb chlorophyll as they hang on the tree causing the orange color to look partly green—although the outside is green, the inside remains ripe and delicious!

As someone from Kansas, I just assumed if we were getting green oranges in the store, it was because they were picked too soon and not ripe or had been sitting too long. Not always the case.

So the next time you are in an all important trivia match, and a question comes up about Valencia oranges being green, you’ll know exactly why that is so. If you want to up your Sunkist® Valencia Oranges trivia knowledge, you can also check out this video that explains the ripening process of Sunkist® Valencia Oranges.


I love infusing my favorite citrus flavors into a yummy summer treat. This Creamy Orange Milkshake using Sunkist® Valencia oranges tastes like a day on the beach. Enjoy!

Sunkist Valencia Oranges

Recipe: Valencia Orange Cream Milkshake

  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • Orange slices for garnish
  1. Using a blender, combine ice cream, fresh squeezed orange juice, milk, and orange zest until well blended and frothy. Pour into 2 tall pint glasses or 4 small glasses. Garnish with orange slices.

Make sure to check out other additional Sunkist citrus recipes on the Sunkist site!

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  1. Interesting bit of trivia! These shakes look refreshing and delicious!

  2. Pat Wogan says:

    My navel oranges also get greenish and are still delicious. Have lots of green ones that are not ripe yet…and also a few orange blossoms. Recipe sounds great!

  3. Great info and the shake looks a-maz-zing!

  4. Oooh yummy! I haven’t had an orange cream in forever. Totally summer in a glass.

    • Katie @ Healthnut Foodie says:

      I just thought the exact same thing! I may be making this today! Summer in a glass is right!

  5. This totally brings back childhood memories for me! I remember those orange julius shakes from the mall were so addicting! It’s great to be able to re-live those memories now at home.

  6. Oooh! Just like a creamsicle in a glass! Love!

  7. Your milkshake looks awesome.

    And thank you for using REAL ice cream, REAL sugar, and REAL Oj.

    I just started following you on instagram and omg your photography is gorgeous! :)

  8. This looks so good. I can almost smell the oranges. So good. Kim

  9. Well thanks I have just learned something about oranges and I must add that the orange milkshake looks amazing. :-)

  10. Maureen says:

    Add a little amaretto for a delicious adult beverage!!!

  11. how interesting!!!

    and this recipe……I think we will be making this next week, since we will be seeing triple digit temps again!

  12. Looks wonderful…great idea!!!

  13. Can I come over? hehe, looks so GOOD!

  14. mmmmm… sounds delicious–perfect for breakfast too. I’ve never had an orange milkshake before, but my husband introduced me to lime milkshakes a little while ago, which I now love. Thank you for this great post :)

  15. I never knew that about the color of oranges! Cool tidbit! I love milkshakes and smoothies this time of year… and this one looks perfect for the summer heat we will have this week!

  16. Cool facts, thanks for sharing!

  17. Oh, wow, Kristen! I love that last picture!

  18. It is SO hot today. That sounds perfect after a day working in the yard. My kids will be thrilled. :)

  19. That is so interesting, I had no idea!

  20. This totally reminds me of the Orange Julius milkshakes you used to be able to get at the mall. What a fun idea for a summertime treat!


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