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.

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