Food of the Seventies, Great Shake

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A chocolate brown plastic 'shaker' ('Great Shake' embossed in the plastic) with tan 'snap on' lid (the lid was big enough you could sort of share your shake with a friend); came with powdered shake packets (chocolate, chocolate malt, strawberry, vanilla)... just add milk, SHAKE, and the result was a pretty yummy milkshake. I remember this from the late 60's and into the early 70's, but cannot recall the manufacturer. We kept the plastic shakers for years afterwards, made our own shakes from ice cream and chocolate syrup, but it wasn't the same...
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Ronnie - April 03, 2008 - Report this comment
My God! I thought I was the only one who ever heard of Great Shake. It was the best chocolate milk I ever had, never found anything that came close to it.
gay tyra - August 31, 2008 - Report this comment
i thought I was the only one who remembered great shake...every time I ask someone thay think I am crazy. where can i get some?
Jim - October 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Reminds be of a better time.... these were very tasty. Nothing on the market similar today. Weird
CRAIG - October 26, 2008 - Report this comment
Marty - March 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I too have fond memories of Great Shake. I can only assume it was chock-full of thickening chemicals that were eventually found to be carcinogenic. Why else would such a great product have been pulled from the market?
Brian - March 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow..So releived to see that someone else remembers Great Shakes and would like to have them again. Not many things slip through the internet, but this is only page I could find with a reference to the "Great Shake". Everyone keep looking and post your finds here....
bjbear - March 29, 2009 - Report this comment
i think jell-o is making something like this now, only it's in a packet and you get no cup with it. not the same of course, but almost. i still have memories when i first tried this new stuff. when i was a kid, i think i managed to down the whole package when i got home.
Dave - March 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in a small farm town in Kansas and would run to the grocery isle where Great Shakes was located. Like most kids at the time and today there were always things thrown in the cart that were considered a must have. Today it's Lucky Charms for my kids. Back then it was Great Shakes for my brothers and me. The taste was and still is without comparison. Oh, how I'd like to be shaking one up right now!
Lynne - April 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I was reminded of Great Shakes recently when I started making iced coffee by shaking instant coffee and Splenda with milk in a large Tupperware tumbler. My mom always bought Great Shakes for us when we were kids.
Lynne - April 17, 2009 - Report this comment
There's a Great Shakes commercial on YouTube. I don't have the link here, but it's easy to find; just go to YouTube and search for "Great Shakes commercial".
Mercedes - April 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm sitting here with a smile on my face having fond memories of the greatest shake ever. It would be great if they could create the exact recipe to put on the market, the kids of today would would have such a treat!
Nancy - May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember taking 3 Great Shake packets and the shaker to the house where I babysat. I'd wait till the kids would go to sleep and then I'd make them and all 3 of them. Yummy - if I could just have one. We kept the shaker for years, hoping to find them again, but it never happened. Please - bring them back !
tatteredandlost - June 09, 2009 - Report this comment
You all are bringing back such memories. I still have my Great Shake container and use it often. I wish I had the mix but have to settle for inferior Nesquick now. I always smile when I use the thing and I can remember taking it across country in a car. We kept a quart of milk in an ice box in the trunk so we'd have milk for breakfast (those little cereal boxes that split down the middle) and lunch. I'd have a Great Shake with my lunch. Good times. Good times. Thanks for the chance to reminisce.
seb1992 - August 21, 2009 - Report this comment
For years I have remembered that container but could not remember the name. How cool to finally find it once again. I love the 70's!
Julia - October 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember shake a pudding? Probably the same manufacturer. Also carnation instant breakfast made a coffee flavor which was also very popular back then.
Herculoid58 - November 29, 2009 - Report this comment
We had Great Shakes. They must not have been marketed for too long as few my age remember them. I remember a friend was shaking one up in his living room and the top came off. I think he was grounded for a month. Maybe that's why the product was abandoned.
Herculoid58 - November 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Some links to Great Shakes TV ads. / (look to page 2 of "drinks") and Made by General Foods which was acquired by Kraft. There's good product development and marketing hx out there somewhere.
mikeeee - January 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey there i have one brown great shakes container in great condition am taking offer as i am willing to sell it email me at with any offers
Steve Pa - January 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved that drink. I sure wish it was around today. I came close to making up the flavor. I use a metal shaker from my fountain mixer, add 3 Tablespoons of Chocolate malt, a small amount of Quick chocolate syrup and shake it up. Very close but not the same.
Elaine - March 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved the Chocolate Malt. None of the others appealed to me like that one...yes, it was creamy and wonderful! We bought them all the time...those cute little triangular packets. Easy to take to school. I was in the 8th grade, in 1968. For some reason, I remember bringing them to school a lot that year. They were a little pricy. Only 6 in a box. If you bought the shacker (dark brown bottom, light tan top), I think it came with only 2 packets inside. I can still remember the taste and texture of that chocolate malt one. I wasn't happy when they disappeared off the shelf.
Dave Smith - April 05, 2010 - Report this comment
You can buy Carnation malted milk @ Jewel and Dominick's. That's the main ingredient to any malted milk, and Great Shakes had that in it. That's why they tasted so good.
David - May 06, 2010 - Report this comment
My sisters, brother and I used to make Great Shakes back in the late 60s while living in South East DC. We kept the brown cup for a number of years until it was thrown out by our mother. Some of the best milk shakes I ever drank came out of that brown cup. I see there are a bunch of old timers on this thread like me who remember the good old days when we were all young.
jeff - June 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Hmmm... and I thought I was the only person who remembered Great Shakes! My grandmother used to make them for me, had to be the mid-to-late sixties, as we moved away in '68. Nothing else tastes like those did... wish they'd come back...
Mark Proulx - June 25, 2010 - Report this comment
God, that's hysterical! I had one of these every day when I got home from school. They were great (and probably full of carcinogenics).
linc - August 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow. I'd forgotten about these until I stumbled onto this site. I remember the tetrahedral packages but I can't remember all the flavers. I think there was vanilla, chocolate and chocolate malt, but maybe I'm confuing them with Carnation Instant Breakfasts. In any case, I remember we didn't use the shaker cup but used to throw the powder in a a blender with milk and vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm. Not sure when they first appeared, but whenever I hear "Little Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, I remember drinking those great "Great Shakes". That would have been the summer of '66.
Kelly Clifford - August 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember these and and a similar product from Nestles (Nestles Quick Shakes), which I found tasted better than Great Shakes. Regardless, my 73 year old mother still has a Great Shakes shaker container that she stores her paper coin rappers in.
Tina - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow, I had a craving for a Great Shake just the other day! We didn't get these too often due to finances, but when we could afford them they were enjoyed by the entire family. We've got to get someone to bring them back.
al - October 25, 2010 - Report this comment
best drink ever,Great Shakes.Where are they?
mark - November 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I have also been searching for years for anybody who remembers Great Shake. Yes, I also remember Shake-a-Pudding. It came in 4 flavors, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate and strawberry. I'm thinking that they came out with a banana flavor later on.
Ruth - November 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I am amazed that someone somewhere remembers this for years everyone I asked my age just laughed and said they had never heard of it. My Mom also has the shaker and I remeber the triangluar packages!!
john - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
this stuff goes back to 1966 at least---go to youtube and you can hear the original commercial and a couple by the Who and Yardbirds---peace and love---or I'll shoot you.
Linda - January 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been searching the net trying to find anyone else who remembered these trying to find the manufacturer. I looooved these and would love to see them out again!! No one I know remembers these.
Mit - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
...Mmmmmm delicious! I remember having Great Shakes after school with a corned beef sandwich (made just the way I like with bread & butter pickles!) I'd shake me up a great shake, icy cold, and I was simply in heaven!! There's nothing out there now that compares to the taste .. the chocolate and chocolate malt were the favs ... I got suddenly transported back to tht Great Shake moment this morning as I indulged in a chocolate milk made with Nesquick ..not nearly the same, but just near enough to trigger that delightful reverie (: ... I initially was posting to see just why Great Shakes were taken off the market and found this link .. thanks for sharing the memories .. and I see now about the carcinogens, so that's probably why ... Cheers! :)
Kelly Clifford - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I also remember drinking these as a kid in the mid to late 60's. They were'nt bad, but I also remember Nestle having their own version around the same time frame called "Nestle Quick Shakes". I always thought they were better tasting than "Great Shakes"
Laura J - February 20, 2011 - Report this comment
There were a treat from my childhood. The Chocolate malt flavor was the best! My older brothers tried to horde the Great Shakes for themselves by telling me I was "too young" to have one. I've been searching for years to find out the name of this product - I remembered everything about it except the name. :)
Ray - February 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I was only about 4 or 5 when we had these, but I remember them as well. The packets had an elongated triangular shape (sort of like a pennant) and we also had the dark brown shaker cup with the light brown lid. Psssssst... if you have the Dusty Springfield "Heart and Soul" compilation CD (unfortunately out of print but used copies may pop up on Amazon and eBay now and then), you can hear her radio commercial for Great Shakes as a bonus hidden track!
ANGELA - March 14, 2011 - Report this comment
This brings tears to my eyes, I have such wonderful memories of this product and Shake a Pudding, wish they would bring them back.
Linda - April 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Great Shakes were the best tasting ever! I wish they still were around. I remember the dark brown plastic shaker with the light brown lid. The end product was so frothy and delicious! I guess it was back in the 60's and 70's.
Margot - August 21, 2011 - Report this comment
We used to get the shake when we would go visit our aunt - I thought it was called Quick Shake - but when I would bring this up in the last few years my sisters thought I - well you know - had very strange remembrances of something that did not exist - so I am happy to have found this site as it was a happy memory as we couldn't afford this and ,y aunt always bought us all the 'goodies' to take home
Julia Misky - August 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember Great Shakes as a four year old in 1965 or around that time..I have a Great Shake container but I cannot find a picture on the Internet of one? Does anyone know of a picture I can get a hold of? Great Shakes came with a package of Milk-shake (Chocolate) Graet Shake mixture and a dark brown cup with a lid that was of a lighter brown shade....Would this cup be worth any money ...its a piece of history and a "keep sake." Please if anyone has anymore information and a picture please contact me!!!
Linda - September 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I sure wish they still made these! I can't find anything even close. Odd you can't find them anywhere.
Glenn - September 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I was introduced to Great Shakes in 1966 when I visited my Fathers relatives at Cambridge,Mass. They were and still are the best tasting shakes that I ever had.SOOOO GOOOOD!
Janet Potter - September 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I remembered these as Quick Shakes...thick and creamy. I am 65 now and a chocolate malt was my favorite... the only way I can get close anymore is to make my own... But did love those instant shakes.
Karen - September 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Hey, I still have my mixer cup, use it for my kids instant breakfast. Nothing mixes better than the Great Shake mixer!!!!!
Rob Lambert - October 10, 2011 - Report this comment
GREAT SHAKES tasted best when cold. I have two GREAT SHAKES premiums from 1967; two EP records titled GREAT SHAKES SHAKE-OUT and SHAKE-OUT 2,both released by Columbia and featured artists who recorded for the label, such as Byrds, Yardbirds, Dave Clark, Simon & Garfunkel.
Tom 24 - October 13, 2011 - Report this comment
Great Shakes were a special treat for my brothers and me in the late 60s. We liked the vanilla flavor best. We fished for bullheads (a type of catfish) in the spring, and we'd often have Great Shakes with our bullhead dinners...delicious memories!
Rob Lambert - October 14, 2011 - Report this comment
More info on GREAT SHAKES mail-in premiums: The original SHAKE-OUT record was first offered in May of 1967. SHAKE-OUT 2 in November of 1967,and also featured Buckinghams, Raiders and Aretha Franklin. Records were free (50 cents shipping) if a box top or proof of purchase was sent in from two boxes, or two dollars without box tops. Mine are in original cardboard sleeves.
Ty Hadden - November 12, 2011 - Report this comment
Loved Great Shakes. My funniest memory was walking around the house shaking the shaker. Somehow it came apart and the drink was all over everything including the new color tv. Funny thing my dad didn't get angry. He helped me clean everything up and said just do that in the kitchen.
Martha - November 22, 2011 - Report this comment
This brings back so many memories of my quik shake for breakfast as a I dashed out the door for high school in the 60's! I still have the original brown container but the lid is gone. I'm trying to find a lid that will fit. The imprint on the container is Nestle's Quik Shake. If anyone knows where I can find another lid please let me know! The little Billy Bee (Canada) honey lid is a perfect replacement right now but it won't last forever. I love this container and still use it as my SlimFast shake mixer.
Tommy - January 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Oh how I remember these. Great stuff! So sweet too (probably a ton of sugar in them) I recall saving the brown cup and the tan top that you mixed the milk and powder together, long after they discontinued the product. Thanks for bringing back a great memory
Rob Lambert - January 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I've obtained a video of an old Andy Griffith Show from January 1968, with a GREAT SHAKES commercial featuring a guy who looks and sounds like Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits. He's dressed in a candy-striped blazer and straw boater hat, like the host of a circus side show. Also,American Bandstand (airdate 12/30/67) with the GREAT SHAKES ad showing four teens running away from and back toward a tree on left side of screen, in a bit of trick photography. The Bandstand show was the 1967 Year In Review, and the group Rose Garden appeared. The '67 commercial is on YouTube.
bill - January 21, 2012 - Report this comment
i new i wasnt crazy, i loved great shakes
LYNN WAITE - January 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Rob Lambert - February 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Remember your Saturday morning cartoons, GREAT SHAKES fams? I've obtained two more shows containing GREAT SHAKES commercials: 1. Linus the Lionhearted (airdate 10/8/66, ABC-TV) with version two of the GREAT SHAKES dance party ad. 2. The Road Runner Show (9/23/67, CBS-TV), with the "mod" GREAT SHAKES ad with four teens and that mysterious tree at start and end of the ad.
Sara - February 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have a Great Shakes two-tone shaker - my mother kept it because it's great for mixing flour and water to thicken gravy. When she moved to AZ she was going to throw it away so I kept it. Brings back wonderful memories, but I, like so many of you, can't find anyone other than my sisters who remembers Great Shakes!
RickeyRetro - February 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Hi Sara: I have some American Bandstand shows from the 60s, one with a Great Shakes commercial, that I would like to trade with you. Email me at thanks!
armand rodriguez - February 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I would never of guessed so many people remembered great shakes..what a great memory. They had a unique taste that I've never found since.
Tomm - March 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I would drink Great Shakes while watching "Time Tunnel" on TV. They had a time machine that would always drop them inadvertently in the middle of some famous event in history. Or "Land of the Giants" another great TV show... But I always had my Great Shakes!
Rob Lambert - March 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Got another old TV show with a GREAT SHAKES commercial: The Road Runner Show from 4/13/68, with the Peter Noone look-alike. This was the first non-musical GREAT SHAKES ad, just all straight talk. A note to Charles: GREAT SHAKES was made by General Foods (now Kraft). Hey, GREAT SHAKES fans, how about petitioning Kraft to bring GREAT SHAKES back?
Deb - March 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember Great Shakes from the late 60's. My Grandmother would buy them for me and my friends when they cam over! Also do you remember Shake a Pudding, Funny Face, Fizzies or Kingstirs?
Neil in PA - April 01, 2012 - Report this comment
This was a heavily marketed product and I remember the containers and sweet smelling powder. I also remember a campaign where you got a plastic Dr. Dolittle toy in each package which probably was tied into the late 60's movie.
Rob Lambert - April 02, 2012 - Report this comment
Responding to Neil in PA's comment: Yes, the three-hour-long flop of a movie was a huge promotional campaign by General Foods. The toys were of the different animal characters. each animal was on a pedestal with its name on it. I remember getting a purple duck and an orange Chee Chee (the monkey). These were, in late 1967, in the ten-pack boxes of GREAT SHAKES, as well as in some Post cereals. At the moment, I have no TV commercials with this promo, but the movie promo would follow the "Four Teens and a Tree" GREAT SHAKES commercial from that year. "Dr. Dolittle" was such a snoozer that I'd forgotten it.
Rob Lambert - April 02, 2012 - Report this comment
Responding to Neil in PA's comment: Yes, the three-hour-long flop of a movie was a huge promotion for General Foods in 1967. The toys wre of the different animal characters. Each was on a pedestal with its name on it. I remember getting a purple duck and an orange Chee Chee (the monkey). The "Dr. Dolittle" toys were in ten-pack boxes of GREAT SHAKES and some Post cereals. At the moment, I have no TV commercials with the promo. The movie tie-in promo would follow the "Four Teens And a Tree" GREAT SHAKES commercial from that year.
Rob Lambert - April 03, 2012 - Report this comment
The photo showing the GREAT SHAKES magnet is quite interesting. Looks like the image is from a magazine ad circa. 1966. The image of the dancing people also was dispayed on the front of the "GREAT SHAKES SHAKE-OUT" record sleeve in early 1967. I'll have to search LIFE or other old mags for that ad.
eddieo - May 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Not only were they Great tasting the packets were even of a different shape. Once you shook them up it formed a frothy head. Man were they delicious.
Rob Lambert - May 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Yep, the GREAT SHAKES packets were shaped like a pennant. Well, I've scoured through many LIFE and LOOK magazines for that ad that was reproduced on the fridge magnet. Haven't come across it. More likely, the ad would have been printed in certain teen mags of the Dick Clark's own publication, "Teen Scene." These mags were usually loaded with stories and photos from "A. Bandstand," and "Where The Action Is." Clark had GREAT SHAKES as a TV sponsor for four years, so it's possible his magazines had ads, too. They"re mighty tough to come by, though.
Tracy Cooley - June 11, 2012 - Report this comment
general mills came out with great shakes!!!
Tracy Cooley - June 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Rob Lambert - June 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Responding to Tracy Cooley's comment: In 1966, General Mills did attempt to market a milk-shake mix to rival GREAT SHAKES. Offhand, I don't recall the name. It was test-marketed in a few areas, mainly east coast. It failed miserably. The product was ditched and long forgotten. No TV ads were made for it.
sue - June 14, 2012 - Report this comment
Oh how I miss Great Shakes!!! It's so great to see so many that loved them too!
legalmedic - July 02, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG, my sister and I have talked about the Great Shakes all of the time! and yes, a lot of people don't have any idea what we are talking about, PLEASE, PLEASE would General Foods, Kraft or whoever remake these! Just think of the buying power we yuppies are and how we enjoy our retro!
bob - July 30, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG. I can't tell you how many times I've wished I could have a great shake again. I don't know if its nostalgia or what, but I can still close my eyes and taste it. Best drink ever.
kim - August 24, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG. I am so glad that others were able to share this great product like I did. Its great to have wonderful memories from growing up and Great Shakes are definitely a part of it.
Brad - August 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember Great Shakes from my youth! Once, when I was shaking one, I failed to hold the top on securely. I'd just finished my bath and was going to enjoy a shake before bed. The top came off, drenching me and the kitchen with chocolate shake! My mother and aunt laughed until they cried to see me standing there looking like something from a Marx Brothers movie!
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Rob Lambert - September 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I'll clue everyone in on what GREAT SHAKES commercial is on the link that Rowland posted: It's a color print of version one of the second dance party series. It aired in the summer of 1966.
Nessa Da Besta - September 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I mentioned this product to my sister a few years back. She had bought this for me when we stopped at a convenience store-I was 5 or 6, she was 16 or 17. Of course, she had no memory of it. Went look on youtube and found the commercial, don't remember commercial, but Man oh Man, Do I remember that shake-Chocolate malt was my fave and if you put it in the freezer for a while, it tasted just like a Chocolate malt at an ice cream shop (the kind with real ice cream, not ice milk. Why do they always quit making stuff everybody likes, like the Morton sugar spice donuts. Yes, the 70's were the BEST. Best cartoons, best music, best commercials, best cool-looking phones and radios(8-track players-HA!). And remember that egg-looking chair with the speakers in it. SOOOO COOL!!!! NEVER GOT TO SIT IN ONE-BUMMER
mark/L.I. - September 24, 2012 - Report this comment
YES it was General Foods.*Definately the BEST food product divised by man. I lick my lips to this day fantasizing about GREAT SHAKES!!!!!!!!! A PLEA to GENERAL FOODS :PLEEEEEEEAAASSEEEEE BRING BACK GREAT SHAKES!!!! I under stand the world is trying to eat healtier I'M NOT THE REST OF THE WORLD! ON my death bed , i hope my parting taste could be a great shake. something to ponder:are there GREAT SHAKES in HEAVEN !
DJRay - October 01, 2012 - Report this comment
The Great Shakes radio commercials were awesome!! Big time rock acts like the Who, Yardbirds, Dusty Springfield, the Happenings all did commercials for them. Remember the song? "Anyplace can be a soda fountain now with Great Shakes yeah Great Shakes..."
Rob K - October 04, 2012 - Report this comment
The Great Shakes jingles keep popping into my head even to this day! They were really good as I remember.
Michelle Richoux - October 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Where can I buy Great Shake????
Rob Lambert - October 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Answering Michelle: GREAT SHAKES was discontinued by General Foods in 1973. Numerous requests to Kraft, GF's successor, to revive GREAT SHAKES have fallen on deaf ears. There have been copycats over the years, but GREAT SHAKES can never be imitated to perfection. Kraft, unfortunately, is not a nostalgia buff.
Jim Bob - November 03, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG! Great shakes were guzzled around my house. They didn't last long. Would anika them from the cabinet and make them on my own, then get scolded for it. It was worth the scolding.
Terry - November 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I thought it was made by Pillsbury. They really were great. I used to drink a couple of them a day. That may be where all the lypomas come from?
Tom San Jose - December 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Remember them. Loved them. My Mom still uses the brown & tan container to make salad dressings! I wonder if one could concoct a facsimile with a reasonable blend of ovaltine and chocolate milk/hershy's syrup & very cold milk? Shaken in a modern drink container of course.
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Rob Lambert - January 05, 2013 - Report this comment
What the heck does the previous comment have to do with GREAT SHAKES?
Juan - January 11, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember taking it with toast'em animals for break while in school first grade to be exact I wish (General Foods)Kraft would bring em back they were delicious with shaker and all.
D Smith - January 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I am always hoping that these will be back in stores. I absolutely loved them, nothing compares to them. I'm not sure who made them but I keep thinking Pillsbury for some reason. There was also a toaster pastry similar to Pop Tarts but much better called Danish Go Rounds that were fantastic. They also disappeared in the late 70's or early 80's.
g. myers - January 27, 2013 - Report this comment
geez, that flavor, I will never forget. I was highly addicted to great shakes and chocks chewable vitamins, I wanna go back now
Rob Lambert - January 27, 2013 - Report this comment
To D Smith: GREAT SHAKES was made by General Foods from 1965 to 1973. Since GF was bought out in 1993, Kraft has shown no interest in reviving it. To g. myers: We'd all like to have a time machine, with those GREAT SHAKES commercials running, and warp back to that time.
R Ripley - February 21, 2013 - Report this comment
D Smith - I do remember Danish Go Rounds! And I loved them! Thanks for that memory.
D Brennan - March 12, 2013 - Report this comment
I'm not alone, I used to beg my mother not to come home without the chocolate malt Great Shakes. They are a couple of comments speculating as to whether or not carcinogens were part of there make up. Is there any truth/facts to back that up?
DD - July 02, 2013 - Report this comment
Up until a few years ago, my mom (82) still had the shaker - she used it to mix flour and water together when she was making gravy. I loved those shakes, but we had little money for groceries and these great shakes were a true treat! ;)
JQ - July 12, 2013 - Report this comment
I stumbled across the brown shake cup/lid at a Goodwill a few weeks ago. I had to buy it because of the childhood memories I had associated with it. Cost 0.79 and will now proudly sit on a shelf in my kitchen, much like it did in my mom's kitchen when I was growing up.
AndyNY2 - July 18, 2013 - Report this comment
I have fond memories of wildly shaking the shaker any time we were lucky enough to have our mother bring home some shake mix (which, as I recall, wasn't all that often -- it was a special treat). When we couldn't get the real mix anymore, my brother and I would use Quik in the shaker, but that was never the same. Hadn't thought of it in years. I wish I still had that brown shaker with the tan lid. (Congrats to JQ for finding one for 79 cents!)
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Sandy - August 19, 2013 - Report this comment
I still have my brown great shakes cup from the 60's. I remember we used to have it while we watched the Monkeys. I hated it when we could not get it anymore. I thought it was really good. Does anyone know what company made it?
Rob Lambert - August 21, 2013 - Report this comment
General Foods, Sandy. Kraft bought GF in the early '90s, and has yet to show interest in reviving Great Shakes. If I recall, Great Shakes didn't sponsor "The Monkees" during its prime-time NBC-TV run. Sponsors were Kellogg's and Yardley cosmetics.
Jennifer - August 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Still have my Great Shakes shaker, loved them! I thought it was a Hershey's product???? So darn good, wish they would still make them!
Scott Erb - August 29, 2013 - Report this comment
In a fit of nostalgia I ordered and just received a shaker via e-bay, paying $36. But it is worth it - I used the shaker for lots of things (including gravy), and still remember how delicious Great Shakes were (esp. chocolate malt). My parents through the shaker away when I was off at college (thinking 'who needs this plastic thing'?) and now thirty years later I finally have another. Alas, the shakes themselves aren't available.
Rob Lambert - August 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Scott must have got the only shaker Ebay had available. The only other available item is a copy of the GREAT SHAKES SHAKE OUT 2 record for $13. Cardboard sleeve is heavily faded on right side of front, the only image shown. Seller lists it in good condition. I bought mine for $10 in much better shape. The ultimate Great Shakes prize is still yet to be had: Any unopened boxes with shaker and four packets of mix, or the ten-pack of powder mix without shaker, from any of the eight years Great Shakes was distributed!
Earl Artis - October 06, 2013 - Report this comment
I want my GREAT SHAKES back. This was a taste that would have you humming as you were drinking it. That's how great it was. Nothing, but nothing can beat it. It would be worth a fortune in profits if it was recreated.
Sam - November 14, 2013 - Report this comment
Im so glad I found this thread! I have such fond memories of this shake..I can taste it if I put my mind to it- the Malt! I seem to recall Hershey made them as well- I kept the container FOREVER and I think Hershey was embossed on it. I may still have it in the box from the past. Man we had a great childhood!
Diane - January 10, 2014 - Report this comment
I think of these everytime I see some other powdered drink mix. Nothing ever came close - Vanilla was my favorite.
Anna - February 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I was a local thrift store this weekend and just happened upon a vintage Great Shakes shaker for 10 cents!! It brought back such wonderful memories, although I can't say I remember ever tasting the shake packets. I think we must have just used Nestlé Quik. The shaker no doubt brought a smile to many faces, then and now!
Louise - April 05, 2014 - Report this comment
The GREAT SHAKES need to come back. Nothing can compare to that fabulous flavor. Fond memories of that special treat which my siblings remember and loved also.
Janet - May 30, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved Great Shakes too! My favorite was the Cherry Vanilla. I hated white milk and it was the only way my mom could get me to drink milk. My mom also had the container for years and years after they weren't around any more.
Rob Lambert - May 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Janet made a good point! It wasn"t until 1970 that General Foods started experimenting with flavors outside the Great Shakes norm, being chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Unfortunately, There is almost no print or (YouTube) TV ads available from later than 1968, which would have told fans the other flavors that were created before Great Shakes was discontinued in 1973.
Jerry - August 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I'm 62 years young and still have my dark brown wit tan top Great Shakes container! Had it since the day my mother bought it for me at the store. Not sure exactly when but I think sometime in the '60's. A very close friend of mine, God rest her soul, about 6 years ago, knew how fond I was of that container and just to bust my chops one time stole it from my my kitchen cabinet and held it for "ransom" until I agreed to some crazy thing she wanted; can't even remember what it was. Well I got it back and to this day I literally treasure it!!! Thanks for letting me sound off about my great shakes container.
Bobby - August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
If anyone is interested we have 5000 cases of the original Great Shakes. Get them before they are all gon. The real deal complete with the mixing cups. ...
Rob Lambert - August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
How much are you asking for one, Bobby? And, are there four packs of shake mix in these?
EJ Long - September 22, 2014 - Report this comment
My parents would go grocery shopping on Saturday mornings and I'd be so excited for them to come home and get my Great Shakes! I was devastated when they discontinued them!
Pete - November 08, 2014 - Report this comment
DEMISE OF GREAT SHAKES may have been due their "new improved Great Shakes." After loving the original product, my family and friends all agreed it was awful and we immediately gave up on it. Never knew why they chose to ruin a great product.
Barb - November 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I too thought it was made by Hershey(that what Ive been searching for for years on the internet!) When I ask people no one seems to remember, even my 5 brothers and sisters! I remember it like yesterday(bout the only thing I can remember!!) Our house, our kitchen, the cupboard they were in. GREAT memories! I will continue my search for an original shaker! Glad I found this website!
Rob Lambert - November 14, 2014 - Report this comment
To Barb: For an even greater blast, watch the old commercials on YouTube! Especially the one from 1967 showing four teens and a tree, which aired on "American Bandstand." You'll find it under the title, "1968 Commercials: Great Shakes, Etc.."
Linda - December 13, 2014 - Report this comment
I am cleaning out my Mom's attic and found my Nestle's Quik Shake cup--is that different than the Great Shake? I don't recall. Also, there used to be something you'd put in the freezer and pull it out and mix it with milk and it was like a milkshake, what was that called?
Rob Lambert - December 14, 2014 - Report this comment
Linda: There is great difference in the two shakers...value wise. The Great Shake Shaker was brown with the name printed in tan capital letters, and had a yellow top. These are scarce because they were made within an eight year period. There were probably more versions of Nestle Quik with the bunny logo from the 1970s. These were mail-in premiums. Because Quik is still being sold today, they aren't as valuable as a Great Shakes shaker. The shake product you are referring to may be Thick N Frosty by Birds Eye. The Great Shake Shakers go back to 1965. Quik shakers, around 1972, when the Quik Bunny was introduced.
joj - January 21, 2015 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember a blue packet with a powder you mixed with milk. Put this in the freezer and it made ice cream. Used this in the 1970's
jay - February 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Anyone can be A soda fountain now with great shakes new great shakes!!! So go to the store n get great shakes great shakes great shakes! who remembers that little ditty!
jay - February 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Carnation instant breakfast is still around, you'd sure think great shakes would still be here they were way betterbbh! Also the chocolate milk powder PDQ when away silently!! Hmmmmm.....
Rob Lambert - February 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Found a TV commercial for a direct competitor of Great Shakes, that being Quik Shakes by Nestle. Commercial aired on the "Tom & Jerry" cartoon show, 1/21/67, Saturday noontime on CBS-TV. Quik Shake servings came in small pouch inside small box. Four different flavors.
David Nelson - February 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember both the Great Shakes and the Nestle Quik Shakes. I recall that I liked the Quik Shakes somewhat better, but both were great. I sure wish they were still available.
Irene - March 10, 2015 - Report this comment
In 1966 at age 7, I suffered a broken jaw in a car accident. I had to have my jaw wired shut, and I drank a lot of Great Shakes since I couldn't eat normal food for awhile. I hope it was somewhat nutritious!
Rob Lambert - March 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Irma: The nutritional value of Great Shakes depended on what type of milk it was mixed with, for the powdered mix contained sugar.
Dan Basquill - April 04, 2015 - Report this comment
My story is very much the same as many on here. I ask people all the time and most have no idea what I'm talking about with Great Shakes. If there are so many people that want them, why don't General Mills or Kraft make them anymore? Does anyone know why they stopped making them? My thought is they probably weren't good for you or there was harmful ingredients. an anyone shed some light on this for me?
Rob Lambert - April 05, 2015 - Report this comment
Dan: There were several factors involved with the demise of Great Shakes. In the beginning (1965), General Foods, through TV and magazine ads, made kids and teenagers the prime groups it thought would buy the product. Demand for Great Shakes was at peak in 1967. By 1969, demand had lessened, due in part to fast food restaurants offering shakes. GF experimented with new flavors in the early 1970s. It didn't work. A continued downward trend in sales prompted GF to discontinue Great Shakes early in 1973. There were no federally-mandated printing of nutritional value rules at the time. Kraft (soon to be Heinz-Kraft) has shown no interest of reviving Great Shakes.
Rob Lambert - April 06, 2015 - Report this comment has a great color photo of a 1966 Great Shakes shaker pack. The box, with shaker inside, and an unopened mix packet, are pictured. Box has 97 cents stamped on top. Adding to my previous comment, General Foods, in 1966, also laid out big bucks in hiring top-name British acts (Hollies, Dusty Springfield, The Who) and the Blues Magoos to record radio commercials for Great Shakes.
Rob Lambert - April 24, 2015 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning vault: A TV commercial from another competitor of Great Shakes, that being Moo Juice by Pillsbury. A cartoon cow pushes the product. These were in mix packets similar to Funny Face or Kool Aid. You had to provide your own shaker. Commercial aired on the "Mighty Heroes" cartoon show (3/25/67) on CBS. A Funny Face ad followed, featuring Goofy Grape.
Rob Lambert - April 25, 2015 - Report this comment
A short comparison here: Pillsbury's Moo Juice shake mix was weak. You needed two or more packets to a single glass of milk to equalize one Great Shakes packet. Moo Juice was meant for smaller children. Moo Juice first was sold in 1966, and gone by the end of 1967. The cartoon cow was female, voiced by a male actor, in the TV commercial.
Sam Cruz - May 07, 2015 - Report this comment
The commercial would say, "So thick, it stands up to a straw..." All we had to do was cover the contents (filled up to the line) & shake for 60 seconds..It was the yummiest thing ever!
Tim Bunch - August 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I just loved walking home from school, and enjoying a cold chocolate Great Shakes. One of the best things ever!
Cindy - September 04, 2015 - Report this comment
We lived in a small town in SE Kansas, my brother and I loved Great Shakes. Why can't they come up with something that great today? Yumm.
Rob Lambert - September 15, 2015 - Report this comment
Same TV commercial, different show. The "Four Kids And a Tree" Great Shakes ad, this time on "Happening '68" on ABC (1/13/68), Hosted by Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere (Yii! He's been dead nearly a year now). Soft-rock band Sunshine Company and Leonard Nimoy were the guests. "Happening" was a decent show. What killed it was being pre-empted each fall by NCAA football on Saturday afternoons. Producer Dick Clark always had lavish prize packages to winners of the amateur band contests, and occasional dance contests. Once a month would be "Raider Day,' in which they performed most of the show. Pre-emptions aside, "Happening" lasted 20 months, until September, 1969.
Lori - September 21, 2015 - Report this comment
As a kid I remember the lid was hard to get off without spilling a little of the shake
Mike - November 28, 2015 - Report this comment
My sisters and I loved Great Shakes. Friday night was Great Shake night (unless you sneaked one during the week and cleaned up real good to hide the evidence).
Johnna - January 08, 2016 - Report this comment
Just used my Great Shakes shaker to make a milkshake - when I was little, my father would fill the shaker with ice cream, Ovaltine and milk and make a shake that way (instead of buying the Great Shakes packets). It makes a great shake either way - but of course, the top still is reliably unreliable! I have a chocolatey mess to clean up now!!
Mary - January 26, 2016 - Report this comment
I have been looking for this stuff for years. I remember making these shakes, they truly were the best. Brings back so many good memories of my childhood.
Kate - January 26, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved those shakes! I think my mom still have the brown shaker. Would love to have them again!!
SixtiesChic - February 11, 2016 - Report this comment
I graduated in 1968--from kindergarten : > ). I remember this from my childhood and still have the brown/tan shaker. Many commercials on youtube by popular groups of the 60's. My favorite was by Dusty Springfield. Very cool that so many have fond memories of this discontinued product.
George - April 13, 2016 - Report this comment
Positively loved Great Shakes through my formative, Jr. High School days. I vividly recall my Dad, after finding a sealed, yet empty product packet within a 10 count box, taking the time to send it, along with a letter to the company explaining what he had found. Some 6 to 8 weeks later, we received a case of the 10 count boxes of Great Shakes; compliments of the manufacturer. Pretty classy!
David - July 05, 2016 - Report this comment
I never had Great Shakes, but remember the commercials- the jingle, in part was… "They're so dreamy, soothe and creamy, there's no more now, you'd better get more now, just go to the store and get 'Great Shakes'- 'Great Shakes'.
Dan - July 19, 2016 - Report this comment
Yes, they were great, probably not the healthiest snack ever but we didn't care. The commercials were great. They had the Jingle cut by the Tokens, the Yardbirds, the Who, Blues Magoos and more. They'll never come back, I suppose, but neither will the best missing candy bar, the Caravelle. It was a casualty of Hershey's buying Peter Paul candies.
Ida - August 21, 2016 - Report this comment
A million calories of ice cream have gone through my Great Shakes cup since the demise of the packets!It's the only way to mix up a chocolate shake.
Wildman - October 02, 2016 - Report this comment
I remember my older sisters got a great shakes box when I was a small kid (like 3) in the late 60s. There was a record that came with it. Great Shakes Shake-up 2 ,...I think is what it was called. My mom still has the cup and lid.
Michel Verdi - October 13, 2016 - Report this comment
LOVED Great Shakes and had the container for years but lost it when we moved from Albuquerque to New York. I was about 10 yrs old when I started drinking those great shakes and I would put the powder and milk in the container and dance with it in hand to shake it up, just like in the commercial.
Rob Lambert - October 21, 2016 - Report this comment
Wildman: You got the name right. The first Shake-Out record was a mail-order premium. Several people dancing pictured on sleeve. Shake-Out 2 may have been shrink-wrapped to the 10-serving box, but also offered thru mail-order. Both made by Columbia Records, were four-song EP's featuring artists from Epic or Columbia. Both are from 1967.
Robert - October 27, 2016 - Report this comment
Waaaaoooo, I was just thinking about this shake my mom would buy that came with a brown plastic glass that was used to shake it. Wow, I couldn't wait til it was ready and my Sister and I would share. That was just too good and had to google it. To my surprise it came up and not just that, people actually remember as well. So Cool that others remember it with the same memories. Great 70's memories, I wish they still made it for my kids
Rob Lambert - October 30, 2016 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault: The TV commercial that signified the fad of wearing button pins and use of the catch-phrase, "Stamp Out..." The young pitchman, wearing candy-striped blazer and flat straw hat (1920's style, like a Vaudeville entertainer), prominently shows off his button and using the phrase, "Stamp Out Punchless Lunch," as a slogan for Great Shakes. In the background, a family threesome is shown shaking up and drinking vanilla and chocolate, with an enlarged 10-serving box on display. The guy looked like Peter Noone, but little British accent. This aired on the "Road Runner" cartoon show over CBS (3/16/68). Also aired on "Happening '68" (Paul Revere/Mark Lindsay hosting) over ABC 3/30/68).
Steve Kempa - January 04, 2017 - Report this comment
I'm visiting my parents in Michigan. My mom still has the brown plastic Great Shake mixing cup (1 cup and 2 lids). She said she still uses it to mix flour and water when making gravy. It looks new.
Julie - January 11, 2017 - Report this comment
My mom used to have a couple of the brown plastic cups. I used it to make a drink made up of milk, a little vanilla flavouring, and some food colouring and some sugar. Shake. Drink. Enjoy!
Ronald - January 25, 2017 - Report this comment
Great Shake was very good , I liked the vanilla best, I remember drinking them, many times in a the 1960's
Rob Lambert - February 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Here's yet another Great Shakes wannabe: Milkshake In A Can by Borden. It was ready to serve...after chilling several hours (the sales killer). TV commercial with two 14-year-old girls and a younger boy singing a catchy jingle. This aired on Dick Clark's "Where the Action Is" daytime music show (5/17/66).
Mark - April 29, 2017 - Report this comment
WOW! After 20 years of trying to remember what this drink was I finally found it. I remembered the "triangular" packets but that's all I could recall. I had forgotten about the shaker. Thank you all for helping get this out of my head!!!!
Roib E. - June 05, 2017 - Report this comment
Bring it back freaks!!! It's a money making product!!
Gibson - June 22, 2017 - Report this comment
Loved my Great Shakes. Would give anything for just one more.
sourdoughwannab - July 24, 2017 - Report this comment
This thread makes me cry remembering how Mom made one for me every day when I was a child. I still have the shaker at Mom's house. Forgot about the package shape. Loved the chocolate! Want one NOW!
Jack Dowd - August 09, 2017 - Report this comment
The only thing I have left from my parents home is the brown and tan Shaker. I'm 65 and will never let it go!
JP - August 30, 2017 - Report this comment
Just downed a shake made in my original Shaker. I was wondering if anyone still remembered Great Shakes. Glad I found this page. Too bad the mix is not around anymore. BTW I'm 59.
T.Adair - September 08, 2017 - Report this comment
Wow those shakes were so good !;That and 1-2-3 jello. They were kid friendly because we could prepare them ourselves.
Rob Lambert - October 13, 2017 - Report this comment
Found a clip by Chicago radio station WCFL from April, 1967 with the Yardbirds version of the Great shakes Jingle. The DJ was legendary Ron Britain (King B to his friends), doing an evening shift. Over his 30-year career (1964-94), Britain worked at nearly all the top-40 stations. In the six-minute YouTube video, Britain uses tons of sound bites (so much, he barely had time to play a record).
Vicki - October 17, 2017 - Report this comment
Omgosh I can't believe so many people remember these. We loved them! I was just searching an old favorite soda pop by Graf's Sour Lemon Wobbler and decided to look for Great Shakes. Glad I did. Now I'm going to look for Whip n Chill and Shake a Pudding. I don't recall 123 hello.
Rob Lambert - October 18, 2017 - Report this comment
Found another Great Shakes radio spot with The Who from June, 1967, on WCFL. The DJ was another Chicago legend, Dick Biondi. Originally out of Buffalo, NY, he came to Chicago in 1960 on WLS, moving to CFL a few years later. Biondi worked early afternoons on AM10 when the commercial was played. His Chicago career went on nearly 40 years. More notably, he hosted the "Friday Night Fifties Party" on WJMK from 1986 to '89. Biondi is near 80 years young now.
Rob Lambert - October 19, 2017 - Report this comment
Another celebrity Great Shakes radio commercial, courtesy of WLS in Chicago. This featured The Happenings (best known for "I've Got Rhythm"), with lead singer Bob Miranda reading from script, and group singing jingle. This was on a Saturday night airing, and the DJ was Ron Riley. While Riley was not as charismatic as Dick Biondi or Ron Britain, he garnered much respect over a career which began in the late 1950s, but faded from the scene by 1970.
Rob Lambert - October 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Forgot to mention that the Great Shakes radio ad with Happenings aired in August, 1967, on WLS. Still looking for an airing of the Dusty Springfield commercial.
Deborah Bunetta - November 02, 2017 - Report this comment
It seems the older I get the more I miss these shakes. I used to dream about them in junior high, couldn't wait to get home and make one! Not only was it fun to make, the taste was so amazing. I would saver every sip! I was at a yard sale a couple years ago and I found a Great Shake shaker in a box , I screamed and grabbed that container so quick! At least I have a souvenir now . I will post a picture of it.
Rob Lambert - November 04, 2017 - Report this comment
Found a Great Shakes radio spot with the not-so-legendary garage band, the Blues Magoos. Keyboardist Ralph Scala read from script and the group sang the jingle. This aired in October, 1967 on WCFL in Chicago. The DJ called himself Barney Pip (pseudonym, likely), as he worked the 9 to midnight shift. Blues Magoos disbanded in 1968, after two of their LPs failed to garner any hit songs.
Rob Lambert - November 05, 2017 - Report this comment
Another Great Shakes radio ad, with the Spencer Davis Group. Steve Winwood sounded a little strained, struggling through the jingle. Instead of a group member, a professional announcer read from script. This aired in July, 1967 on WCFL in Chicago. Barney Pip was DJ. Despite the odd name, Pip had a long radio career. Began at WCFL in 1966, moving to New York and WPIX-FM, early 1970s. Late 1980s, Pip worked at an oldies station, WGLI in Nassau/Long Island. He hosted the "Saturday Night Jukebox," which featured doo=wop, R&B and Rockabilly of the 1950s.
Rob Lambert - November 08, 2017 - Report this comment
Found the Dusty Springfield Great Shakes radio spot. She sings the jingle and reads the promo script. This aired on WLS in August, 1967. The DJ was Art Roberts in the late evening. Broadcast included commercial for the doomed Riverview Amusement Park on Chicago's north side, encouraging teens to "Go-Go" to the park. Art Roberts had a long career, starting in 1960 at WLS. His other Chicago employers included WIND, WKQX and WJMK. Mid 1990s, he was in Seattle. Another commercial on the block was for Kazoos, pants for ladies.
Rob Lambert - November 10, 2017 - Report this comment
One case of Great Shakes going on the road. Found a couple pictures of some young salespeople, with chaperone, selling mixed Great Shakes by the cup in a rented stand. This was the summer of 1967, the final season for Chicago's Riverview Amusement Park. A gas generator powered the refrigerator to keep milk cool, and hot water was provided to wash the mixing cups and lids. Great Shakes were served in Styrofoam cups with lids. To even make profit, at least a quarter had to be charged. Hot water, gas, milk and Great Shakes mix were cheap in those days. A month or so after this experiment, Riverview, after 63 years, closed up for good (it was said that Mayor R.J. Daley thought it an eyesore in his modernizing city). After closure and demolition, DeVry University built a new campus on property. On the north end, near Addison St., Lane Tech High School built a football stadium. Artifacts like keys and old coins have turned up along the Chicago River bank north of Belmont Av. It showed that Great Shakes was well in peak that summer. The people selling Great Shakes there appeared to be fundraising for a school function.
Rob Lambert - January 18, 2018 - Report this comment
From August, 1967, The Who's Great Shakes radio spot is played, followed by The Who's commercial for the US Air Force. Freaky, huh? Pete Townsend read the pitch from script in both commercials. This aired on Chicago's WCFL with Barney Pip in the DJ chair. It appeared that more than one American rock band or artist (many within draft range) shunned opportunities to record for the armed services, having the British Invaders do it instead.
Rob Lambert - February 12, 2018 - Report this comment
The Great Shakes TV variant, with the "Step right up..." pitchman (Peter Noone lookalike), aired on "American Bandstand" over ABC (6/22/68). Guest band was Iron Butterfly, doing a condensed (lip synced) version of "In A Gadda Da Vida." The full tune took up a whole album side. Adhering to Dick Clark's itinerary, it was cut from 17 minutes down to three, so Clark had time for interviewing afterward.
Rob Lambert - April 09, 2018 - Report this comment
Found an image of the grocery store order blank for the first Shake Out EP record. In this version, you could get the record free and postpaid by sending three Great Shakes box tops with price stamped in the circle (no receipt required) to a P.O. box in Clinton, Indiana. Also, On the Chicago scene, a generic Great Shakes radio spot (group unknown) followed by WCFL DJ Barney Pip announcing that Dominick Food stores had entry blanks for the record. This aired late May, 1967. Barney Pip also was an accomplished trumpet player, along with being the late evening "wild child," very upbeat and lively. He referred to his audience as "Pip-People."
Rob Lambert - April 11, 2018 - Report this comment
The Four Teens and a Tree commercial airs, followed by a quick announcement that "Shake-Out 2 (record) available soon! See your grocer for details. This was on "American Bandstand" over ABC (11/4/67). Featured band was Lewis & Clarke Expedition, a cutting-edge country-rock group. The leaders, Lewis and Clarke (not their real names) had close ties to Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. They cut one LP and several 45s, but nothing charted Top 40, and the band broke up by January, 1968. On the show, they lip-sync "Destination Unknown," and are interviewed by Dick Clark.
Franc - July 16, 2018 - Report this comment
Closest thing I've found to Great Shakes were the shakes they used to pack inside MRE's for the Army. I remember having the in Iraq in 2004. Now I just need a brown and tan shaker for full effect.
Rob Lambert - September 02, 2018 - Report this comment
Aretha Franklin's "Cry Like a Baby" on the Shake-Out 2 EP record. Thought she may have recorded radio commercials for Coca Cola, but none (on records) turned up. Both Great Shakes records were from Columbia Special Products, and only Columbia or Epic artists (Franklin was on Columbia). One volume of Coca Cola jingle records was by Mercury exclusively. Others were pressed independently, with artists from varying record companies. In the mid 1960s, Pepsi had Joanie Sommers ("Johnny Get Angry"0 and the new Pepsi Generation.
Rob Lambert - November 20, 2018 - Report this comment
Shortly after Great Shakes first made the scene, Borden responded with Frosted Shake. Initially sold in packets similar to Kool Aid (dime apiece), it was later sold in ready-to-drink (after chilling) cans. Months later, Borden also introduced Milk Shake In a Can. From the daytime TV vault, a Frosted Shake commercial. Three kids sit quietly and sing. When the Frosted Shake logo appears. they get up and start dancing rock n roll style. Sold in chocolate, banana, vanilla and strawberry. This aired on "Where the Action Is" over ABC (8/18/65). Episode includes a Mexican-style rave-up with the Action Dancers and Linda Scott with Paul Revere & Raiders. Welch's, Gillette and General Mills also sponsored. Network promo for "McHale's Navy' (season four teaser).
Bill - January 27, 2019 - Report this comment
Just made a “shake” in my great shakes shaker. Ice cream of course. Does anyone know what was in the packet to replicate it?
Rob Lambert - January 28, 2019 - Report this comment
Several years ago, an unopened Great Shakes pennant-shaped mix pack sold for $150. That's how difficult obtaining one is. Inside was a fine powder, artificially colored and flavored. The ingredients were printed on each packet. You'd need an element chart to figure them out. Likely, one or two ingredients that enhanced, where you'd get a milkshake instead of just plain flavored milk. Try creating a Pinterest account. You may come across a zoomed-in image of a mix packet. So far, I found a 1966 shaker pack. The box and shaker (37 cents stamped on top). This is on
John Henry Reaves - July 24, 2019 - Report this comment
It was made by GF General Foods, I saw that McDonalds even tried it to increase profits by cutting the cost of the Ice cream freezer.
Mica Brow - September 19, 2019 - Report this comment
I LOVED Great Shakes!! It was my favorite shake ever. I used to drink them when I was a kid, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Rob Lambert - October 17, 2019 - Report this comment
From the Saturday daytime TV vault, a psychedelic Great Shakes spot. Same lyrics, faster pace, and lots of flowery (bippy style) images, mixing with teens mixing and drinking it. This aired during "American Bandstand" on ABC (10/12/68). Guest lip-sync was Johnny Nash. Adams Gum, Gillette and Jiffy Pop also sponsored. Network promos for 1968 Olympic coverage and "Here Come the Brides." Show was 30 minutes due to Olympic coverage. "Rate a Record" missing.
Cam - April 16, 2020 - Report this comment
I too loved Great Shakes and we had the shaker cup. There was a subsequent product that came in tapered plastic rectangular cartons, I believe it was a fruit flavored slush (kept in the freezer) for mixing with water or milk... I used to eat it right out of the container. Anyone recall that product?
Pete - June 01, 2020 - Report this comment
The demise of Great Shakes was directly the result of "New Improved Great Shakes." They were so awful that everyone immediately stopped buying it, at least in my Ohio area. One other commenter on this site pointed this out. Increased fast-food shake consumption may have contributed in some areas but the new product brought sales to a halt. It was that bad. They tried other flavors, but they were just OK.
Bernadette - August 18, 2020 - Report this comment
Please bring the old great shakes back and with the brown and tan shaker..wish I still had it. They were the best shakes.
Rob Lambert - December 12, 2020 - Report this comment
Anatomy of a song. While inside a Gurnee, Illinois antique mall, oldies music was piped in. A strange version of "Hang On, Sloopy" among the tunes. Why did it sound familiar? Not the McCoys version (Bang Records), but The Yardbirds version (Epic Records, US; Columbia in UK) featuring the group's middle lead guitarist, Jeff Beck. Title was "My Girl Sloopy," and was on the first Great Shakes Shake-Out EP promotional record from Columbia. The Yardbird song was twice as long (5 and 1/2 minutes) than The MCoy tune, which was a much bigger hit in late 1965. The Yardbird song had a faster beat, but with several long instrumental portions. Lead singer Keith Relf sounded somewhat erratic, compared to Rick derringer on the McCoy side. The McCoys follow-up tune, "Fever," sounded much like "Sloopy," and didn't chart well. The Yardbirds had three hit songs, but "My Girl Sloopy" wasn't one.
Jim - February 10, 2021 - Report this comment
I loved Great Shakes. My mom got them for us kids in the late 60's in central Iowa. They were great!
Rob Lambert - March 05, 2021 - Report this comment
From the prime time TV vault, the first dance party commercial for Great Shakes, with male vocalists doing the jingle and mainly high school kids dancing and sipping. This aired during the "Smothers Brothers Show" on CBS (10/15/65). Sanka and Maxwell House coffees and Alberto VO5 shampoo among sponsors. Network promo for "Trials of O'Brien" with Peter Falk. Not the controversial "S.B. Comedy Hour," but the black & white sitcom. Tom Smothers played himself as an apprentice angel (after drowning while serving in the navy). Dick Smothers played himself as a junior executive within a magazine publishing company. While trying to do good deeds for Dick, Tom usually got him fired or jailed. Series was 32 episodes in a single season.
Rob Lambert - April 26, 2021 - Report this comment
On the antique front, found a newspaper ad for a local product that was a Great Shakes competitor. The product was Two Shakes by Milwaukee-based Hawthorn Mellody. Flavored chocolate and vanilla, this was sold in 32oz. milk cartons> Chill, then shake the carton twice to get the Great Shakes equal. "One Sip, You'll Flip" was the slogan. This was in the June 5th, 1968 edition of the Racine Journal-Times. Whomever owned these newspapers must've been a real Kennedy family fan. In the grab bag I bought, there were papers from several days surrounding the killing of Senator Robert Kennedy. Papers are cream colored, but in decent shape and readable. The price was 39c for a quart of Two Shakes.
Rob Lambert - April 29, 2021 - Report this comment
Found another old newspaper dated 3/29/69, Racine Journal-Times. Death of President Eisenhower on front page. Inside, another ad for Hawthorn Mellody Two Shakes including new strawberry flavor. Now it was equal to Great Shakes. Found out that Hawthorn Mellody began in 1937, Libertyville, Illinois, Later, a major tourist attraction was built around the dairy farm, preceding other Chicagoland tourist traps like Santa's Village, Old Chicago and Marriot's/Six Flags Great America. All of this ended around 1970, after Hawthorn Mellody was bought from the founding family. Under several different owners, H-M continued selling milk, ice cream and other dairy products until 1991. Last I saw anything Hawthorn Mellody in town was 1973.
madame curie - June 13, 2021 - Report this comment
Yum. These shakes were so amazing. I don't know if we're all looking back through rose colored glasses but there was a 'powdery' element to these drinks. So if you try to replicate it, I would use powdered cocoa and not syrup. I'm in Canada and they were made by Salada and called 'Great Shakes'. I know I have the plastic shaker - couldn't resist when I saw it a flea market. LOL!But, yeah, like a lot of people said this product was full of crap - I would read anything as a kid and that including ever box that sat on the kitchen table. And I seem to remember this had a lot of complex undecipherable words after cocoa powder, sugar etc.But the other thing is, if say Carnation Instant Breakfast was discontinued way back then we'd look back and say OMG that was the best thing ever - and you know what? Carnation instant breakfast still tastes really good. Might be a good sub for Great Shakes - and you'll get some bonus vitamins! :) Anyway, I fell down the internet rabbit hole - I was looking to find where I could buy strawberry shortcake ice cream bars - love them - hasn't seen them forever - and noticed these shakes.
Rob Lambert - June 13, 2021 - Report this comment
"Madame Curie" made valid points. In 1967, Salada did sell Great Shakes, licensed by General Foods. Canadian TV commercials with the four teens and a tree ended by displaying the Salada logo instead of General Foods. Salada, mainly in the tea business now, is owned by Unilever (old Lever Brothers) Canada. Make any new penicillin lately?
Chuck - August 20, 2021 - Report this comment
Chocolate malt was my favorite, but they were all great. We found that besides the powder and milk, if you added about a half cup of ice cream to the shaker, they were colder and even thicker than just the powder, and tasted as good as an ice cream shop malted milkshake! I don't understand why they quit making them, everyone we knew loved them and bought them1 Does anyone know why?
Rob Lambert - August 23, 2021 - Report this comment
Here's a partial explanation, Chuck. Great Shakes was treated like a teenage fad. By 1969, sales and demand declined. General Foods introduced new flavors, but that failed to win back customers who diverted to other competing products. Fast food restaurants offering shakes contributed to that lower demand for Great Shakes, which left store shelves in 1972. Kraft-Heinz showed no interest in reviving it.
Mike C - October 16, 2021 - Report this comment
Great fond memories. I loved the vanilla. I can remember the Such great memories.
Linda Ballance - December 07, 2021 - Report this comment
I also remember “great shakes” from the late 60s. Can’t believe there isn’t a product like this on the market now. Would bring back that nostalgic moment in time. There was also another product that disappeared called gooey clusters. They made around the same time period.
Rob Lambert - December 08, 2021 - Report this comment
Linda: Found out that Gooey (or Goo Goo) Clusters were British or Canadian snack products. has photos and recipes for these snack cakes. The timeline on Great Shakes was 1965 to 1972.
Patti Benton - January 03, 2022 - Report this comment
I remember being told by my mom that there was cause to believe that some ingredient in the powder was found to cause cancer. They were not pulled from the shelves, but she no longer bought the great shakes.65h
Sam Cruz - April 20, 2022 - Report this comment
They were yummlicious! “So thick, they stand up to a straw” the TV said. Loved them! Just seeing an image of them brings back the taste, memories, and the time period-‘68-71!V73

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