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Buster Keaton's Frozen Face Frappe

This frappe was made in 1923 to promote Keaton's comedy The Three Ages.

Buster Keaton is one of the greatest comedians in film history. He spent his entire childhood in vaudeville performing with his parents. In 1917 he started making a series of film comedies opposite Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Keaton began directing and starring in feature films and an incredible run of classics including Our Hospitality, Seven Chances, The General, College, The Cameraman and Steamboat Bill Jr. His films are still frequently screened today and his daring stunts still thrill and delight audiences around the world.


This recipe is from "Motion Picture World" September 15, 1923.

This recipe sent me down a rabbit hole! It turns out that the company "Orange Julius" was founded in Los Angeles in the 1926. Their famous orange drink was named after the owner Julius Freed. It was originally made with orange juice, powdered egg whites, milk, vanilla, and ice. I found a TON of different ways to make them. Some recipes use vanilla yogurt, vanilla extract, lemon juice, milk, vanilla ice cream, pineapple juice and even egg whites! You could also make this a cocktail and add vodka and Cointreau. Many of the recipes I saw had a ton of sugar, which I'm trying to cut back on.

The orange frappe was mentioned in "Motion Picture World" three years before "Orange Julius" came along. So many rabbit holes and so little time!

In any case, the recipe I used was from Girl Gone Gourmet.


2/3 cup ice cubes

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 navel orange, peeled and broken into segments

1/3 cup milk – you can use any kind of milk you like.

1 tablespoon honey

1 sprig of mint

1 cherry


I used an ice crusher to get my ice crushed like a snow cone. The one I purchased is only $22 on Amazon. Then I put the orange zest, orange slices, milk and honey into a blender and hit the button. Then I poured it into the cup filled with ice and topped it off with a cherry and a sprig of mint.

Special Guest

Keaton Talmadge takes her name from her Great-Grandpa Buster Keaton. She is primarily a Voice Actor and spends the majority of her time in her Home Studio. She’s also written two one woman shows and lives in Los Angeles with her Canadian husband, two amazing boys and an attack cat.


This video recently premiered at the 2023 Buster Keaton convention.

Final Result

This was a tasty, refreshing drink and was easy to make.

There are plenty of Buster Keaton fims on DVD and Turner Classic Movies!

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