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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. Beautiful! Love the idea of an orange milkshake with delicious fresh and juicy oranges. As the night winds down here I’d love a glass of this to relax with. Lovely!

  2. Love this little fact! I definitely thought it meant they were not ripe enough. You had me at tastes like a day on the beach :)

  3. I was just thinking about milkshakes over the weekend. Perfect timing!

  4. Wow, that looks both decedent and refreshing, is that possible? What a great summer treat!

  5. So. Yum. I’m adding oranges to the grocery list just so I can make this!

  6. mmmm like a delish Orange Juliusssssss

  7. Ok, that was cool. Now I want to go buy oranges!

  8. Wow, this really looks delicious! Would hit the spot in this 100 degree weather we’re having!

  9. This looks and sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  10. Ooh… I went for similar flavors with my oranges. I am loving the look of these shakes. Great idea, Kristen!

  11. Mmm, perfect for this hot weather!


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