Food of the Seventies, Shake-a-puddin'

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Instant pudding you made with the special tumbler and lid, by adding milk and powder then shake, shake, shake until you had pudding.
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ashley - August 17, 2007 - Report this comment
OMGosh...does no one else remember this awesome puddin???? ummmmmmmm...every bit as yummy as choc space food sticks:-)
APRIL - January 16, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG.....NOW PEOPLE WILL NOT THINK I AM NUTS......NO BODY REMEMBERS SHAKE-A-PUDDIN BUT ME, I WISH WE COULD STILL GET IT
Jackhammer - March 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh YES! I remember this and the Space Food Sticks, although peanut butter was my favorite. My grandma used to keep these in her cabinet just for me. She also had TANG, which I mixed up & then froze in her mini-jello molds for a slushie. Yum.
Kathie - March 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I still sing the song and people think i'm making it up! around the same time, there was another yummy desert called Great Shake. The powder came in a triangular packet and you poured it into a big brown plastic cup that had a snap-on lid. Add milk and shake. It also had a catchy tune. we used to get these treats very infrequently but i remember all seven of us kids, singing, shaking, in our pjs, waiting for the sunday night disney movie (at 7:30?). Good Times!
Dee - March 30, 2008 - Report this comment
You're right Kathie. Shake a puddin' Shake a puddin', shake shake shake a puddin'. Ah, the good old days.
AK - April 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Butterscotch was my favorite!
Tom - June 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Well thank God...I was beginning to think that I imagined this stuff! No one else I know can remember this treat, but I can sure remember the tune like it was last Tuesday....
Glen - July 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Butterscotch was my favorite, too.
Adrain - July 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Shake a puddin brings back fond memories of bill cosby. Yeah, I still remember him doing the commercials & my sister with bright smiles of joy as the chocolate puddin surrounding her lips.
Gerry O - September 07, 2008 - Report this comment
LOL Shake A Puddin man that jostled brain cells I thought I lost. Butterscotch was awesome, it seems like food then was better because it was more fun. Pre microwave... you had to work for your desert lol.. thanks for the blast from the past..
Deborah - September 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Too much...there actually are others who remember this great snack! If only life were as simple as the shake-a-puddin days...Friday nights, watching the Flintstones, while shaking the shake-a-puddin container...
Liz - October 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to love shake a puddin'!! I remember great shakes too! I loved strawberry. My mom still has the brown plastic cup. And yes, Disney movies on Sunday nights! (eating TV dinners on TV tables) LOL
Jill - October 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I too still sing the shake a puddin song sometimes while I am shaking other containers in the kitchen. NOW I KNOW I am not nuts! There really WAS shake a puddin! Thanks! I used to LOVE that stuff...esp sat nights watching Hockey night in Canada (with all 6 teams!) I wish they would bring it back for us! (any one remember sen-sens?)
Jo-Anne - November 10, 2008 - Report this comment
hahahaha! I was telling my daughter about Shake a puddin at dinner tonight and she looked at me as if I was nuts!!! I thought I was the only one who remembered it, I had it everyday when I came home for lunch, I would eat it and watch the flintstones on channel 8 at 1230!! I remember Space sticks too!! Ummmm Peanut butter!!! and Sen-Sens...tasted like soap but wow!!! I was addicted to those!!!! I used to empty the whole little package into my mouth at once...the only thing that comes close to that taste it Thrills gum, which you can still find from time to time if you look hard enough.
Trish - December 23, 2008 - Report this comment
The song was "shake shake shake a pudding ooh ooh"; I can't believe I actually googled "shake a pudding"....I'm 50! Do you remember jello 1-2-3?
Jean - January 10, 2009 - Report this comment
There is a new version of Shake a puddin on the market called Jello singles. You have to provide the cup.
K - January 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the lyrics like this: "Shake, shake, shake a puddin' Puddin' puddin' shake a puddin' Shake, shake, shake a puddin' Puddin' puddin shake a puddin' There's a new kind of puddin' and you can make it It's called Shake a puddin' and all you do is shake it" Also, what happened to the blonde girl on the commercial? I thought she was the best ever!
Jay Ellis - January 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Someone on Anna Maria Island has a boat named Shake-A-Puddin
Ted Crump - February 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Milk? We used to use drinking fountain water and guzzle the Shake-a-puddin before it had gelled!
Gsquared - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Shake a puddin' was the sh*t. It was especially great when the cap flew off and the puddin' went everywhere. We were only allowed to shake our puddin' out of doors on the patio because of the inevitable mess.
Jody - March 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember it from Grammar school back in the early 70's...used to eat it watching the Brady Bunch. It was gritty but yummy.
Chris - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in New Zealand in the 80's and my Mum used to get this stuff for us boys all the time. Only now she can't remember it. My favourite was the butterscotch too and I have been looking for proof that it existed ever since. Thanks guys. We used to have these other things called Pizzos too which were cartwheel shaped pizza flavoured corn or wheat chips like burger rings. Anyone know what I am talking about?
Denise - May 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes, I do remember Shake A Pudding!!! Loved that stuff!
Wayne - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh... I remember. That was the treat in our lunch boxes. Butterscotch was my favorite. I was just talking to my son about some of the things we used to pack in our lunch boxes. He came up with a great idea: "Why don't you bring it back?"
Sherri - July 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh yea, i remember shake a puddin. my sister who is 2yrs older dosen't. Glad to see I'm not alone it was my favorite. Do you remember "space food sticks"? what was the name of those fizzy tablets?
Dave T - July 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Hi Sherri. "Fizzies" were the wafers that made a "carbonated" drink when dropped into a glass of water. My favorite Shake-a-Puddin flavor was strawberry. Couldn't get enough of that. Remember Bonomo Turkish Taffy? Or Bubs Daddy Bubblegum?
Steven K - July 23, 2009 - Report this comment
While I remember Shake A Puddin' very well and happily ate many a shaken puddin' back in the day, I could swear that this was a 60's food, not 70's.
clare - July 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved shake-a-puddin!!!!!!! I remember it from the late 60's. Ours came with a record you would play and shake your puddin. It also came with a plastic container!! LOL!! Sooo much fun!!! I want to buy it again!!!
Felicia - August 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this when I was a kid in the 70's! We used to shake it up, take a bath, and eat it before bed. Those were the days! I wish we could get this product now.
Mary - August 12, 2009 - Report this comment
We still have the shake a puddin tumbler!!! Still use it to.
Cindee - August 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks so much for bring back the memories of Shake a puddin....buttersotch was awesome. I want my Shake a Puddin back!
Therese - August 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh boy does this bring back thoughts of days in my carefree youth!! Shake a Puddin and Jiffy Pop on Friday Nights with Mom and Dad...now sadly gone and I'm all grown up and stressed to the max. Chocolate flavor rocked!!
Sue - August 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember Shake a pudding and I can still hear the song. The tumbler was tan and brown and chocolate was my favorite. It was more like a shake than pudding. And someone mentioned Fizzies. My daughter was taking Alka Seltzer tonite and I told her about a drink we used to have as kids that was a wafer -- couldn't remember the name, but I told her was something like Fizzies. I was right! Memories...
Vivian - September 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I would love to see the commercial again. These are a great memory from childhood. I also have a box of Jello 1-2-3 that I found in my mom's pantry years ago. I just kept the box for memory sake, we loved that stuff as kids.
Rick - September 17, 2009 - Report this comment
YES -- I thought I was the only one that loved Shake A Puddin. i lived for the stuff --- I only wish I could taste it one more time, tho I am very afraid that as an adult I might not like it quite as much LOL
martita - September 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, what a flashback. I was trying to explain 'shake-a-pudding" to my 20 year old. Down in Puerto Rico we used to have them too. Can you imagine saying it with a Spanish accent?? hehehe. Therese...we also used to have them on Friday nights.
Dee - September 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I think I was about 4 or 5 (late 60's in Fresno CA) when we used to eat that stuff. I don't remember what it taste like; vaguely remember the song but definitely remember it existed. We lived in a yellow house back then and we used to sing "we all live in a yellow submarine". Does anyone remember the TV show where you placed tracing paper on the screen and traced something to help the little boy (or whatever it was) through his adventures? The paper came in kit that you used as you watched the show. We never had the kit so we just used our own paper.
Doug - October 05, 2009 - Report this comment
"there's a new kind of pudding that's fun to make it's called shake-a-puddin and all you do is shake.Shake, shake, shake-a-puddin..." I remember this from 1966/67. Same era as Great Shakes.
Mindy - October 07, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG, I don't feel so alone! I thought I was the only one who remembered this great stuff. Loved the chocolate and butterscotch. Still remember what a treat it was to get this on Sunday night and watch the wonderful world of Disney! Ah the good old days.
Nancy - October 07, 2009 - Report this comment
yesterday I took a bite of a vanilla LUNA bar and the flavor took me way back to a warm childhood memory. I knew it reminded me of something, but couldn't quite recall exactly what. It took a couple of hours before I remembered, yes!--that's it!--vanilla Shake-a-Puddin'! I've asked a few in my office of my generation if they remembered, and it seems I'm the only one who had was fortunate enough to have a mom who bought me that "space-age" treat! (wasn't everything cool in those days called "space-age"?)
Charlie - October 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Man, it's good to know some of us are still around! My 20 and 30 something co-workers think I'm nuts. I remember this stuff and other things from that time like yesterday. Chocolate was the best, no question. I think I even remember the cups as being white and blue in a vertical striped pattern. I guess the next best pudding innovation was Snack Pack in the aluminum cans. Remember mom telling you not to lick the top? You folks made my day. Thanks!
George A - October 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I made a mistake by saying that shake a pudding was out of business by 1970, but I guess it still existed. It's just that it was off the shelf in Toronto, Canada by around that time. Maybe between 1970-72. Best pudding I ever tasted when I was a kid.
Grizzly - October 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Remember the rest of the shake-a-puddin jingle? Shake it at the park, shake it at the pool, shake it for dessert shake it at the school! I don't remember eating the product but I remember the song!
Lisa - November 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Alot of stuff from the 60's and 70's are still around go onto the cracker barrel website and the vermont country store they have lots of candy toys charles chips
Susan - November 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I was just talking today about shake a puddin' at the school where I work. The receptionist (who is just 10 years younger than me) looked at me like I was nutty. I had to explain to her about shakin' my puddin' and how good it tasted when it was finally ready. I have to admit, that 5 minutes felt like it took FOREVER!! My mom wasn't as crazy about shake a puddin' as I was - of course, I couldn't clean the mess up as well as she could - and I always made a mess! I think I was only 4 or 5 at the time, and I insisted on makin' the puddin' myself - it wasn't ever as good if someone else did the shakin' for me! As for all of the other good stuff that's been mentioned. . . my husband and I took a day trip to Caledonia, MO a month or so ago. They've re-opened the old general store there and have some of the best penny candy ever! Of course, it costs more than a penny these days, but boy, was it worth the cost just to take the trip down memory lane! If you're ever in that area of Missouri, make sure you look the place up. You won't be disappointed!
HollyNick22 - November 13, 2009 - Report this comment
No one at work remembers this stuff. I thought shake-a-puddin' was the same thing as Great Shake - as I remember the brown cup with white lid. My grandmother kept these on had for me and I loved them! Early '70's in El Paso, TX!
Jay - November 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Eating shake-a-pudding, space food sticks, and the little PDQ chocolate flavor bead crunchies (instead of putting them in milk) was the thing to do while making bugs with me Creepy Crawler set and wax soldiers with my Formex 7. Ah for yesterday...
Sherri - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Yum, some of this stuff they really need to bring back and this is one of them, how easy for kids to do...
Jessica - November 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I just found a picture of the box and I'm hoping this site will post it, brings back so many wonderful memories, as do the Space Sticks. Jiffy Pop & World of Disney nights were such a treat too, I miss those days. Anybody remember Breakfast Squares?
charry - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG!!! i cant believe i have found people who knew about shake-a-pudding! that was my all time favorite! the vanilla was my favorite! does ANYONE know where we can get it? i remember getting this as a special treat. mom would only get for each of us kids! thought i was nuts too!!
Larry - December 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember 2 things about it....the commercial that sang "There's a new kind of pudding that you can make, and all you gotta do is shake, shake, shake". It was sort of a rock and roll tune. The other thing is the cups had comic pics of kids shaking them . I imitated one if the pics and the cover came off and chocolate liquid hit the ceiling as did my father!
Jonathan - December 11, 2009 - Report this comment
As my mother said, "It's forty cents shot to hell." Shake shake shake a puddin', wooden wooden shake a puddin'.
Dee G. - December 23, 2009 - Report this comment
How awesome it is to find all of you, who like me, thought you had imagined it! I LOVED shake-a-puddin! Especially, the butterscotch!
BJ - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
How to make Shake-a-puddin 2 cups of milk, box of pudding, container with tight lid Shake two minutes, pour into dishes, refrigerate 1 hour.
Mark T. - January 14, 2010 - Report this comment
A co-worker brought in some banana puding which brought back memories of shake-a-pudding. Love that stuff as a kid. The vanilla did have a certain flavor (which I loved) and also the butterscotch. Thanks for postig.
John - January 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Yea! I finally made it back to the right universe! LOL Shake-A-Puddin' & Space Sticks are all that made childhood worthwhile for me. And NOBODY I know remembers them. Any one know what companies made them?
Donna - January 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Yes, I remember the banana best. And that song----still can't get it out of my mind! My sister didn't remember this stuff until I mentioned it. Funny how fondly we remember food from our childhoods!
Brett - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Fourth grade. I used Grandma's b-day money to buy it. Took it to school and was amazed that it actually worked. Only time I had it
Michele - March 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember it but no one else does.....Thank God for this web verifing that there was a product like this
Timothy - March 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember a pudding that you shook but it had a bear shaped lid. You held on between his ears on top. The cup and lid were brown. I also remember Wyler's rootbeer mix, and carbonated orange too. They came in a kool-aid type package and were powders..
Amy - March 15, 2010 - Report this comment
You can watch a Shake A Puddin' commercial on YouTube.......
Kittenbreath - April 11, 2010 - Report this comment
This stuff actually predates the 70's...uh huh it does because I remember eating it in a house that I lived in before grade one. Grade one was 1968. I also remember eating this whilst watching Batman...AND singing the song
Marion - May 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Over the years I keep remembering Shake a Puddin and remember singing shake a pudin, shake a puddin, shake it to the left, skake it to the right.....
Patrick - June 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Ah! Shake-A-Pudding, We still eat it on a regular basis, straight from the last of our original promo pudding shaker (had a few, but down to one now). Would like to find some more of them to give as gifts the the less fotunate .
Mary - July 09, 2010 - Report this comment
This stuff was SO good! Now all you can find is a bunch of chemical laden crap.
Anthony - July 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Shake-a-puddin as a kid! I try to recreate it by shaking instant pudding in a tupperware tumbler with lid! Never can get that exact taste....when I say shake-a-puddin..no one remembers it. When I sing the song...everyone looks at me like I am crazy...but everyone here knows that feeling!!!! I was probably five years old....what a good memory.
Liz - August 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I just submitted a link to view the original commercial at "Classic TV Ads." It's on Page 1.
Shaw - August 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I can believe that someone remember the "Shake-a-puddin , I wish someone bring it back, I will be the firstinline to buy it..LOL
robin willhite - September 28, 2010 - Report this comment
PLEASE BRING BACK SHAKE A PUDDIN
Teresa - October 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I can't believe how many people actually remember! I loved this puddin. Everyone I have ever asked looked at me as though I was crazy. LOL
Felicia - October 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I have such fond memories of shake a puddin from when I was little. We used to make it, shake it, leave it in the refrigerator, and after our bath, my brother and I would eat our delicious pudding for a bedtime snack. I even remember the "jingle"!
gordon - November 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where one can find one of those orig. shakers?
Lisa - December 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I've been "making" counterfeit Shake a Puddin' for my kids. Just split a small box of instant pudding into four small "Take n' Toss" cups (I use a scale, different flavors have different weights). Then, when you want to use it, put a 1/2 cup of milk in a larger TnT cup, add the pudding powder, cover it up, and shake!
Cal - January 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember this too, I thought I was the only one. Thank you all for posting and helping to realize I'm not alone. Butterscotch was my fav.
cheryl - February 09, 2011 - Report this comment
Wow! I was telling my co-workers about Shake-a-puddin and they thought I was crazy. Chocolate was yummy!!!!!
Michael - February 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember begging my mom for chocolate Shake-a-Puddin and then singing the song while doing the shake/dance. Of course, it went all over the living room drapes, but there was enough left in the tumbler to eat. I remember it from the late 60's...would eat it while watching "The Flintstones" or "Quick Draw McGraw". Ahhh, the good OLD days, huh? Wish I could find the stuff now. Until reading these comments, there was myself and ONE friend I have who remembered this product. Good stuff, Maynard.
Sandy - June 14, 2011 - Report this comment
My 46 yr.old daughter remembered this & called to see if it was real or what!We racked our brain as to ingredients, since you could make it anywhere,even school.A friend suggested google search & here I am. Gotta call her & tell her about this.Darn if her comps not ill!
Connie - June 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I was asking my husband about Shake-a-Puddin this morning and he told me it must have been a New Jersey thing. I proved him wrong! I am on a diet plan that uses shaker cups and powder. Every time I shake it I think of the Shake-a-Puddin jingle. Anyone know when they took it off the market?
Mary - July 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember Shake-a-Pudding too; that's why I googled it. Does anyone remember Bounty Pudding in a can? Maybe that was just a midwestern item.
Kathy - August 18, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG!!! Shake -a- Puddin...Banana was the bomb
Andy - September 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Like everyone else, it does bring back fond memories!! After the one incident where the lid came off and it went all over the ceiling, that was the last time we had it. It was our favorite weekend treat, along with a pan of Jiffy-Pop popcorn. I am still enjoying reading the comments. Great trip down memory lane.
Julie - September 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Believe it or not, I still have a container for Shake-a-puddin. It's shaped like the little man.
Dee - September 20, 2011 - Report this comment
What I remember best about Shake-a-Puddin is that it came with little plastic Dr. Doolittle animals. I must have eaten a lot of it, because I had all of the characters including the coveted push-me-pull-you.
linda - January 21, 2012 - Report this comment
i loved space sticks and PDQ y do they get ride of all the good things and put all the bad things on the market now they need to bring them back does anyone remember farther johns cough syrup thats the only kind my mom could get me to take it was awsom tasting
gerry - March 25, 2012 - Report this comment
youtube has the commerical
Lori - April 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember shake-a-puddin and Im glad someone else does too. I'v asked people over the years but, no one new what I was talking about. my mom died when I was 9. I don't have alot of memories of her except,for shake-a-puddin. I remember her buying it for my brother and I and it was something we could make alone and it was alot of fun. I wish it was still available I'd revert back to my childhood and enjoy every minute with giggles. Please start making it again.
wanda - April 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I was so glad to find all your comments on shake a pudding. It was so good. I wonder how many flavord their were. We use to get behind the door and sing the song as we would shake shake shake, shake our pudding!!
Puddin' girl - May 04, 2012 - Report this comment
"shake it in the park, shake it in the pool, shake it for dessert, shake it after shool"
Valentine214 - May 05, 2012 - Report this comment
My 20 yr old son laughed at me and though I was nuts when I told him about Shake a Puddin and sang the song. Young punks...what the hell do they know !!!!!! lol SHAKE A PUDDIN SHAKE A PUDDIN SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE A' PUDDIN........
Dave - July 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Thank goodness, I go around saying shake it at the park, shake it at the pool.... My wife thought I was making it... Just found some retro pop rocks at funny store in New Hope, pa
Jules - August 16, 2012 - Report this comment
"K"...YOU have the lyricks correct...EXACTLY!! I remember Spacefood Sticks, too...but does anyone remember "GOOGLE" peanut-butter (NOT "Goober")..."...with the goo-goo-googly eyes..." - it came in chocolate, cinnamon, banana & vanilla flavors...?
Stephen - January 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Is shake a puddin available now a days???
JayC - January 20, 2013 - Report this comment
Haha...I remember my mom making that for me an my brothers when I was little.
eevil geenius - January 27, 2013 - Report this comment
heey kiddies, any Jello or royal instant pudding will give u the xact same results, and tastes better now if my memory is good! just pour your 2% and half a pack of instant pudding into that commuter mug and shake, shake, shake! anyone else remember Puffa Puffa Rice? the marketing was hawaiian and it was puffed rice with a brown sugar glaze, the best kid crack ever!
Mr lee - March 11, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember helping my mother put a Christmas package together for my Uncle who was in Vietnam. She had filled it almost full but still had some room left. We put in two types of Shake-a-Puddin and three paddle ball sets. A few months later My Uncle sent back a request for two things. "Send more paddle balls and Shake-a-Puddin". He got what he wanted!
lulu - April 27, 2013 - Report this comment
omg i am 13 years old and my dad explained to me what it was.... im totally in the mood for it right now but i guess they dont make it anymore :(
mamacass - January 16, 2014 - Report this comment
THE SEVENTIES WERE THE BEST! where's my time machine (sp?)
tara - April 04, 2014 - Report this comment
shake, shake, shake a puddin ... the good old days
Marilyn - June 12, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember shake a puddin' from around 1967 or 68. We lived a cross the road from a grocery store and I would walk over and get one after school! I was beginning to think I was dreaming it up! LOL

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