Food of the Seventies, Chicken and Noodles In A Jar

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I was like a drier version of chcken noodle soup.The noodles were wide and tender and had a light chicken broth as the liquid.Oh it was so good.I think it had a blue label maybe College Inn.I can still taste it.Wish I could still buy it.
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R Smith - April 20, 2009 - Report this comment
You know I remember this like it was yesterday. I'm certain it was College Inn but I emailed them and they responded saying they have never carried a product such as this. It was in a clear jar and your right it was a mostly blue label.
The Noodler - May 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Check the links. Dinty Moore (blue label, owned by Hormel) still makes their Chicken and Noodles. I was pretty sure it was a Hormel product and an absolute favorite of mine as a kid.
Dave - August 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I know exactly which "noodles" in a jar you are referring to. I remember it from the 50's & 60's. Yes, it was "College Inn" and the noodles were were soft, wide, and packed with small chicken chunks. This, together with Swanson Chicken ala King, pimentos and bread crumbs, cooked under a broiler, was a dish indescribably savory and satisfying. I too wish the product was still available!!!
Lisa - November 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I am so glad someone else remembers this. It WAS College Inn. In a tall, glass jar, kind of flat on two sides. Nice thick noodles, chunks of chicken, and not too much broth. My mom always had a few jars in the cabinet. I really miss it, and wish it was still available!!! College Inn -- c'mon -- this was the best. I'd buy a case right now. :)
Deb - January 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved college in Chicken and noodles. It was the best noodle soup in the entire world. I was so sad when they stopped making it in the late 1970's. It has such strong memories associated with family warmth from nights when my dad worked late and my mom let my brother and I eat what we wanted. My brother had Kraft dinner and I had College Inn.
Jackie - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
During the 50's and 60's we had it a lot for lunch when I was a child. I don't know why they stopped making it. I've tried to find a recipe so I could make it myself...but I can't get it the way I remembered it.
Kelley - February 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Oh..... I was hoping I could get some still. My sisters 50th birthday is coming up and she loved it as much as I did!!! We've discussed how GREAT it was. Thought I'd buy her a case for the BIG 50 !!!! Is tyhere anywhere to get it?
RedDawg - February 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I too remember, with salivating admiration, College Inn Chicken & Noodles, in a tall clear glass jar, close to 20-24 ounces as I recall, made a very satisfying one-dish meal, perfectly suited for heating with the microwave ovens then coming into vogue. Don't remember much about the label although the present-day "College Inn" label does seem familiar. I am awaiting a response I sent to their web site (collegeinn dot com) but am not hopeful that any miracles will happen. May call also (eight hundred fife fife two seven six eight four.)
Barb - March 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Has anyone tried a recipe for College Inn Chicken and Noodles and even come close? That was the BEST noodle soup in the world and I still crave it even though I haven't had it in decades. I would make it at home if it took all day. I miss it.
D. Hoffman - June 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I contacted College Inn a few years ago and received the apologetic response that they no longer make the product. Yes,,It was definitely College Inn. Oh how I remember coming home for lunch as a young child and having those great noodles.
Liz - November 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to eat this chicken and noodles and crave it every so often. I would butter some bread and serve it over the bread. It was scrumptious. Such a simple dish. I can still hear the lid popping when you opened it. I would buy a case too! Come on College Inn, take a hint. I am so glad that there are others out there who remember and loved it like I did! Those were the days.
Kim - November 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I was just asking my coworkers if they remember the chicken and noodles in a jar.My favorite as a kid!! I am 40 years old and I STILL crave tem. College Inn should at least try bringing them back at least as a promotion and see how they sell.
kathy - December 12, 2011 - Report this comment
safeway makes a soup similiar to the wonderful colleg inn soup that we all miss. the safewy soup comes in a plastic container as a fresh soup.
judy-december 20,2011 - December 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I was just asking my husband if he remembered having College Inn chicken and noodles in a jar. When I came home for lunch in high school, Mom would have that ready for me. It was quick to fix and filling. No microwaves in the early 60's.
debi - February 24, 2012 - Report this comment
College Inn Chicken and Noodles was the best chicken soup even made. My mom would send this with me in a thermos to school in the 60's. It became harder and harder to find as the years went by and disappeared by 1980, I believe when the original company was sold. It all came out of the old Sherman House hotel in Chicago which had a restaurant called College Inn. Chef Joe Colton gave us many dishes that are now standards like Chicken ala King. I would like a recipe for his chicken and noodles. Using the college inn broth, I have tried to reproduce the flavor, to no avail. It was the noodles. They were amazing.
Bob - March 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I didn't know about College Inn Chicken & Noodle until my late twenties...but when I did I couldn't believe there was such a thing! My parents were pretty stupid when it came to food. It really was great and I wish it was still made. Maybe if enough people request it they'd bring it back like they did hard-tack on the east coast.
Leona - July 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I also remember College Inn Chicken and Noodles. The noodles were thick and the broth was almost (but not quite) gelatinous. The chicken was always choice cut. No fat oe skin. The lid was golden metallic and was pressed or popped onto a six sided, flat clear glass jar. We would buy it every week in the early sixties. It was wonderful!
janine - August 03, 2012 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where or if they are still making them ? They were the best !!!!
allison - September 02, 2012 - Report this comment
College Inn please bring back the chicken and noodles!! It was so good.
Lindell - December 14, 2012 - Report this comment
Nalley makes a Noodles and Chicken Meal that tastes very much like I remember the College Inn soup. Unfortunately, my local store no longer carries it. Does anyone know of someplace that carries it.
Mike - February 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to manage Safeway stores, in the 60s, and would display 250 cases at a time, selling for 29 cents! It was great tasting and very well priced! I to have been looking for it, but found it no longer being produced!
Miles - February 23, 2013 - Report this comment
I just made the wife and I some chicken a la king and I thought of these. I figured College Inn. What a great product it was back then. My older sisters and I would have it often, College Inn might be missing out on a gold mine here. ;-)
Nancy - February 25, 2013 - Report this comment
It was College Inn, glass jar, blue label. It was delicious. Looking for a recipe to make myself, but none look exactly right.
Ivan - May 22, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember sitting in my girl friend's mother's little apartment kitchen. She prepared a jar of College Inn Chicken and Noodles and since we were both very hungry from our sexual romp she was frying a couple of pork chops in addition. I distinctly remember that meal. As we ate "In the Year 2525" played on the radio. The year was 1969 and that might have been the last time I had that College Inn product. Good memories.
David - July 23, 2013 - Report this comment
What I remember is exactly what you are all describing (this would have been around 1947-54), but the brand name I remember was Lydon's, not College Inn. I loved them.
CB - August 03, 2013 - Report this comment
Chicken and Noodles in a clear tall glass jar. A lot of noodles and chicken and little broth. I remember having it when we went camping in the 1960s. Loved it!
Hicks - September 05, 2013 - Report this comment
I still have a complete chicken in a jar. It cost 12/6d
Dean - September 22, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anyone out there have an old jar this chicken and noodles came in-maybe used to store nuts and bolts or whatever-one that may have the label attached? Check your garages!! This has been driving my sister and I crazy for years! We seem to recall there was perhaps a "Kings Crown" type picture on the label-sound familiar? Jewel carried it into the late 70's MAYBE early 80's?? Thanks!!
Angie - March 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Please bring it back
Trent - April 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Absolutely the greatest! I used to just open up a jar and dig in. I'd definitely order some if it were brought back. Write me at and I'll send you my Mom's Chicken and Noodles recipe. Next best thing!
JB - August 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Awesome stuff. I think it had a "pop" lid, not screw off. Deefinately College Inn.
ld - September 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I crave the College Inn Chicken and Noodles! Probably my favorite taste ever! I still look for it, just in case it is made again.
Diana - September 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I still scan the grocery store shelves hoping to see it. My grandmother always had some in her kitchen cabinet, and I would eat it when I spent the night. It was SO delicious and there is NOTHING like it on the market today. I don't know why they don't sell it anymore!
Bill Grimes-Wyatt - November 12, 2014 - Report this comment
I love College Inn chicken and noodles. It came in a odd shaped jar with a snap off lid. I have never been able to locate anything close to it's taste. I also would buy it buy the case. It would be great for lunch or dinner.
John - December 04, 2014 - Report this comment
OMG! I totally remember this in the late 70's it was the most awesome chicken soup ever
JOAN ANTOINETTE BURTON - December 10, 2014 - Report this comment
Janie - December 22, 2014 - Report this comment
The chicken and noodles in the jar was made by nalleys.
Ruth - December 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved College Inn chicken and noodles. They also had the beef and noodles, which was also great. Wish they would bring it back. It would be a staple on my shelf.
JAYR - January 11, 2015 - Report this comment
I use to eat this all the time in 60' and early 70's. I have come up with a receipt that is very close to the original. The secret is in the noodles. I can explain in detail.
mike - January 17, 2015 - Report this comment
my wife used to thicken it a little. sign me up for10 cases!
wanda - January 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I too remember this from way back , as I am 73 years old and still miss finding it in stores and it was definitely College Inn brand in a glass jar.College Inn're missing out on a goldmine here. Please make this product again!!!!!
Mark - June 02, 2015 - Report this comment
College inn, Lynden (washington) chicken noodle dinner and finally Kraft meals for now Chicken and noodles all were the same recipe. If anyone has a recipe for this recipe, please share it!
Linda - July 09, 2015 - Report this comment
My mom was a young widow and had to work 3 jobs to take care of my brother and I. She cleaned houses and when we would go with her she would always bring a jar of College Inn Chicken and Noodles. If we were good and stayed out of her way ( watched cartoons) then at lunch we would enjoy eating together. The soup was the best! I wish they would bring it back.
Walter - August 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Thanks for all the remarks. My dad,who is 90, wanted me to find him some. I checked with all the stores in Chicago and finally decided to check the web. I to miss the noodles.
Bobbie - October 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I never got the one in the jar but it sounds like the one I am looking for that was in a can and made by Lyden's. It was chicken noodle dinner and the noodles were a dumpling noodle and very soft. I can't find it any more.
Dusty - November 02, 2015 - Report this comment
I do not recall it being College Inn. I believe it was Lynden's Chicken and Noodles. One jar would just go into a Campbell's Electric Soup Kitchen Cup.
Dusty - November 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Lynden Farms Meat and Processed Foods defunct in the 70s
Phoebe - November 03, 2015 - Report this comment
I've been looking for College Inn noodles in a jar also. I loved this stuff. Yes I remember the gold lid and blue label in the 60's. It was really chickeny tasting. I'd buy a case too.
Kristin - March 14, 2016 - Report this comment
I'm quite convince that College Inn Chicken and Noodles is the only product out there that cured just about any illness. My mom would always, always give it to me when I was sick and I always felt better. Campbell's has NOT had the same result. LoL I can't believe they act like it never existed.
Tim - March 15, 2016 - Report this comment
Absolutely, College Inn Chicken and Noodles was the BEST!!! Mom used to bring home and if I was there it was gawn gone. I have tried to find it, even in the Philippines (because they have stuff us sexy senior citizens used to like) but to no avail. If someone could only re-create it!! But nowadays it would probably be regulated by the FDA to have too much Cholestrol...who cares!
DREAMFOXX - March 17, 2016 - Report this comment
freddyawesome - April 08, 2016 - Report this comment
College Inn chicken & Noodles was the bomb!
Lin - April 15, 2016 - Report this comment
Loved it! I could have lived on that stuff. Only got it once in a while as a treat. I've tried to duplicate it for decades and can't get it right. Anyone with a recipe please help me out. And thanks everyone for the memories.
Marie - April 20, 2016 - Report this comment
has anyone been successful in contacting the company? would love some of this right now!! But IDID find Weaver chicken roll, it's available at Shaw's in the Northeast, thank goodness I live in Massachusetts!!!
mark n - May 01, 2016 - Report this comment
COLLEGE INN; LYNDEN, NALLEY MEALS FOR NOW They all had the same or similar recipe for chicken noodle dinner. I remember this was the cure all when ever someone was sick at our house. I have no doubt the recipe was handed over from one company to the next. If any one has a real good copy cat recipe, please post it.
NaplesNan - May 28, 2016 - Report this comment
This 55 year old's favorite food EVER! Miss those soft noodles, tender chicken chunks and that thick savory, salty chicken stock...drool
Betty - July 06, 2016 - Report this comment
I remember it well. Loved it. Nothing like it out there. I believe it was only sold in the north east, defiantly not in the south. Couldn't find it until I moved back north in 1980.
Dianna - August 08, 2016 - Report this comment
wish you could still buy this, just loved it !!! why not bring it back ?????
Sandy Tee - August 18, 2016 - Report this comment
It definitely was College Inn Chicken and Noodles in a glass jar. I loved it.
Ms B. - December 21, 2016 - Report this comment
My brother and I was just talking about the delicious buttery tasting College in chicken Noodles in the diamond shaped jar with the blue lid. How we would love to have some
Richard - December 30, 2016 - Report this comment
I agree. It was the best and sure wish it was still being made. No other brand came close because you could see how good it was right through the jar.
Kerry - January 09, 2017 - Report this comment
I too would buy cases. Love this! No chicken soup has ever come close to this!!! Has anyone found a recipe that is close?
Middie - January 17, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember buying it in a can- regular size and family size when I worked at Safeway in the late 70's and early 80's. My supervisor introduced me to this fab meal in a can. can't believe it's not on the market anymore!!
Monica - February 10, 2017 - Report this comment
Just today, my well grown son called to say he was really sick and was wondering if I knew where they carried that chicken and noodle dinner I gave them as kids. I told him they used to carry it here in town at Ralph's Mkt, but I hadn't seen it around for a couple of years. During the 70s the name brand was Linden's (in a jar), but sometime or other they were either bought out, or the original recipe was purchased, by Nalley Food Products, and their newer version came in a can. So darn good that we all hanker after it with the fondest memories, and drool copiously whenever it's mentioned. If it were still available we'd be up for cases of it too!
Monica - February 10, 2017 - Report this comment
Update ... it was sold on the East Coast under the name 'College Inn' and on the West Coast as Lynden's and later Nalley's!
Colleen - March 15, 2017 - Report this comment
I loved this soup and thought the brand was Linden's.
Aaron - March 19, 2017 - Report this comment
Pinnacle foods bought nalley and discontinued their chicken and noodles, go to there website contact them and request they bring them back.
john in upstate ny - April 28, 2017 - Report this comment
I will never skip the soup aisle when grocery shopping, as I search eternally for College Inn chicken noodle!
John T. Belt - June 25, 2017 - Report this comment
If there is such a thing as a deluxe flavor College Inn had it ! It was so intensely chicken - and those noodles ! No other product comes near it !
Julia G. - July 30, 2017 - Report this comment
I really liked College Inn's Beef @ Noodles in that unusually shaped jar. My two younger brothers liked the chicken.
Rosie - August 02, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember this College Inn Chicken and Noodles too...omg. I loved it and would do anything to get more! I recall a tomatoey broth one too... can't recall if that was chicken or it might have been beef but it was the bomb too! Tall thin glass jars....
Susan - August 23, 2017 - Report this comment
My husband and I loved College Inn noodles and chicken. I made some by accident this week and I thought it was exactly like College Inn. My husband had it tonight and said it taste exactly like College Inn Chicken and Noodles. My husband wants me to sell the recipe. You can contact me at 708-364-1000. Here's to GREAT MEMORIES of Awesome Comfort Food. Susan
Jim - December 12, 2017 - Report this comment
I cannot cook, when my Mother and later my wife was not home & I got tired of fast food, would buy College Inn Chicken & Noodle soup in the glass jar. It was like homemade, better than restaurant soups. I consider Crampballs (the salt co.)Soups crap.
Lmlp - January 19, 2018 - Report this comment
This was my sick time soup growing up. Whenever I had a cold or sore throat mom would ask what I wanted to eat and it was always soup in a jar. Bad move on companies part to discontinue it. Look at all the fans here!
Chris - January 29, 2018 - Report this comment
I remember this product well. My Mother ate it through seven pregnancies. She sent me to get it one day and I could not find it. I went back until I DID find it. I wish it was still available. I did find a pretty close substitute. Dollar Tree carries chicken and dumplings in a case which is not half bad. Unfortunately, I cannot 8remember the name. Has a yellow label. We need to form a FB page for College Inn lovers.
CB - February 01, 2018 - Report this comment
We use to have the soup alot when we went camping. Quick yummy meal. Here it is 2018 and I am still thinking about it.Really wish it still was being made.
Jphuf - April 04, 2018 - Report this comment
When my mother or my wife was away or when I lived by myself, College Inn Chicken Noodle Soup was there for me. I knew how to heat it. I am not a cook. It was to me, the only processed food that was like home made.
David K - April 19, 2018 - Report this comment
I wish that I could have tried the Noodles in a jar but I had the good fortune to have had Nalleys Chicken & Noodles that was more noodles than chicken or broth but the broth was heavenly and had nice little cubes of chicken thighs it tasted of real chicken broth and the noodles were perfect sadly it is gon now I have spent years looking for a replacement and the closest that I have come to it is from Vermont country store Amish Canned Noodles And Meat is as close as your gonna get it good not great but passable.
Cathy - September 03, 2018 - Report this comment
I LOVED College Inns Chicken Noodle Dinner,it was in a clear glass jar with a blue label.I wish,oh how I wish the would start making it again,it was SO GOOD!!Maybe they will reconsider and start making it again.It is one of my favorite childhood foods and a symbol of a better world.
Peggy - November 12, 2018 - Report this comment
One of my very favorite quick lunches for my kids. I Could usually find it on the top shelf in any grocery store...right next to the pigs feet in a jar. I still look for it To this day. DELICIOUS COLLEGE INN CHICKEN & NOODLES!!
Ed vitkauskas - November 20, 2018 - Report this comment
So so so the 60s multiple times per week.
David - November 21, 2018 - Report this comment
There might have been imitations, but College Inn "Egg Noodles with Chicken" is something I ate regualry from about 1957 to the early 1970s. The last jar I ever found was at an IGA store in Chamberlain, South Dakota in 1975. I ate it cold in the parking lot. Even cold, it surpassed every chicken noodle soup I ever tasted. Yes, it was in a tall, sort of oval-shaped, clear glass jar with a light blue label, and you had to use a bottle opener to pry off the lid. I've written to College Inn, but the people who answer their letters are young enought to be my grandchildren, so they have no clue ...
georgeanna - December 07, 2018 - Report this comment
It was College Inn and I ate it all the time.

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