If you like orange at all, you will really like this. With the vanilla shake mix, add 8 oz of diet Sunkist orange diet pop, about 1/4 cup crushed ice, and whirl in blender. It is really good -- kind of like an orange cream Julius. For my blender, I have a small (12 or 16 oz) Hamilton Beach blender that I got at Wal-Mart a year or so ago. It cost about $10, and it really blends the ice well -- better than my smoothie maker ever did.