Are you a fan of Chick-fil-A's drinks? Our copycat frosted sunrise will spread a little sunshine your way. In a few minutes, you'll be sipping on a creamy frozen treat.
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Chick-fil-A uses their vanilla IceDream and Simply Orange juice, which is 100% pure juice.
For this recipe, we used 3 ingredients: Simply Orange, Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and some freshly squeezed juice from two navel oranges.
What is a frosted Sunrise from Chick-Fil-A?
In 2018, the restaurant described it as "a cool treat that is hand-spun with our famous vanilla Icedream and refreshing Simply Orange juice."
Chick-fil-A considers their frosted drinks as a sippable, spoonable sweet treats. They're not smoothies or milkshakes, they are something special in between. They're so delicious, you'll get chills.
What frosted drinks has Chick-fil-A had on their menu?
In the spring of 2015, it started with frosted lemonade. A year later, frosted coffee made it's debut. In the spring of 2017, frosted strawberry lemonade was on the menu during strawberry season. In 2018, frosted key lime was out from March 18 to May 25 which had a special blend of key limes, kaffir limes, and Persian limes.
What does frosted sunrise taste like?
It is tart and sweet, but not overly indulgent, frozen treat. It is deliciously creamy and similar in texture to a frosted lemonade, but with a different citrus twist.
How many calories are in this drink?
When this drink was on the menu in 2018, a small drink (14 ounces) was 320 calories, and a large drink (20 ounce) was 390 calories. 160 calories was from the Simply Orange juice, and the rest was from Icedream.
Our copycat recipe has 715 calories per 12-ounce serving. This increase in calories is due to the ice cream we chose, as Chick-fil-A's Icedream has only 140 calories in one cup. For more nutritional information on our copycat recipe, scroll to the end of the recipe card.
Is frosted sunrise still on the menu at Chick-fil-A?
Officially, no; it was a limited time offering in the spring of 2018, but don't give up hope. Since Chick-fil-A always carries both ingredients (orange juice and Icedream), you can ask them to use Simply Orange juice instead of their lemonade in the frosted lemonade. They will charge you for the price of a frosted lemonade.
How to Make
- Put 6 cups (roughly 18 scoops) of vanilla ice cream in a blender.
- Pour in the orange juice.
3. Blend for a few seconds.
4. Squeeze in some juice from four orange wedges, then blend again for a couple of seconds.
5. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with Chick-fil-A's standard red straws.
6. A frosted sunrise isn't a dessert and isn't a smoothie, but it's definitely a tasty treat and one you won't soon forget. It's a little taste of sunshine. Make it today!
- Need this vegan? Use vegan vanilla ice cream.
- Lactose intolerant? Use a vanilla ice cream with no lactose.
- Swap the Simply Orange juice for Simply Watermelon juice.
- Use 100% pure pulp-free orange juice that's not from concentrate. Simply Orange is the brand Chick-fil-A uses.
- Use good quality vanilla bean ice cream that tastes creamy.
- Use a little freshly squeezed orange juice to increase the flavor.
- Make this ahead by placing the drinks in the freezer for up to 30 minutes before serving. Any longer, and you'll have solid ice cream instead of a drink.
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Copycat Chick-fil-A Frosted Sunrise
- 6 cups good-quality vanilla ice cream, roughly 18 scoops
- 3 cups Simply Orange juice, pulp free
- ½ navel orange, roughly four wedges
- Place six cups of vanilla ice cream (roughly 18 scoops) and place in a blender. Pour 3 cups of orange juice over the ice cream, then squeeze the juice of four wedges into the blender.
- For a few seconds or until smooth, blend the ingredients together.
- If you need to keep the drinks cool before serving, place in the freezer for up to 30 minutes. Any longer, and it could start to turn into solid ice cream.
- If you can't find Simply Orange juice, use 100% not from concentrate orange juice.
- For best results, use a creamy good quality vanilla bean ice cream. We like Blue Bunny vanilla bean ice cream.
Serving sizes and nutritional information are only an estimate and may vary from your results.
This post was originally published on June 4, 2018.