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Friday, February 28, 2020

Shakey-Shakes and Popcorn | A Recipe from Milan Kunz

This spring, Interfaith Philadelphia is sharing stories and recipes from around our region. Today's recipe for Shaky-Shakes and Popcorn comes from one of our 2020 Dare To Understand Awardees, Milan Kunz. If you want to try making this recipe yourself, take a photo and share it with us on Facebook

Shaky-shakes and Popcorn for Family Night

Since 1915, our Church has encouraged members to hold a weekly Family Home Evening (FHE) on Monday evening, or whenever possible. There are no scheduled Church meetings on Monday evening because it is reserved for Family Home Evening. The purpose of FHE is to help families strengthen bonds of love with each other, as well as provide an atmosphere where parents can teach their children principles of the gospel. 

For most families, FHE includes music, prayer, a short lesson, a game or fun activity, and treats. Our family’s favorite treat was “shaky-shakes” and popcorn. Now, you might ask, what is a “shaky-shake?” A “shaky-shake” is a chocolate milkshake with a twist. Instead of mixing the ingredients (ice cream, chocolate powder and milk) in a blender for all to enjoy, the ingredients are put into a separate plastic 16 oz cup with a lid and each person shakes their cup rigorously until it is blended together – thus the name - “shaky-shake!” It was quite a sight to see the five children jumping up and down while running around the kitchen shaking their “shaky-shakes” with great excitement and laughter. 

Each child’s “shaky-shake” was done to their specific informal, unwritten, and secret recipe; some liked more ice cream with little milk, while others added extra chocolate powder. Each acquired their own special blend of ingredients. There are two critical steps in making a “shaky-shake”: first, ensure the lid is on completely, and second, make sure the straw hole is covered by either a thumb or finger - otherwise disastrous things can happen … and have happened in the Kunz home. 

My wife or I usually made the popcorn, but over the years as the children grew older, we delegated that to them. When the children made the popcorn, you could be sure that a lot more butter was added than when Mom or Dad made it. Why popcorn? Well, it’s cheap, fun to make, and goes perfectly with “shaky-shakes.”


  1. Yummy I will try ! Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for sharing this- Really helpful!