Food of the Eighties, Jean's Potato Chips
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Potato chips came in regular cut plain and plain rippled. They were packaged in a big box, regular were in a blue box, rippled were in a red box.
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Frank Blake Jr - July 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I Remember those chips they were very cheap and sold in a box.They usually were located on the bottom shelve in the store.I beleive A&P and Grand Union used to sell them.Does any one have the box art of the two colors?
Carolyn~ - February 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to work at the Jeans Potato Chip company in Syracuse NY, and have often tried to locate the owner (Frank Childs) If anyone knows how to contact him you can contact me at CHump9940@aol.com but put Jeans Potato Chips in the subject line so I know it's not junk mail. Thank you~
tla - May 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Just got the sanck size bag with a meal at Piggy Pat's BBQ in Washington Mills NY. Terrells chips bought them out in 1995
Kevin - June 01, 2011 - Report this comment
They sell Jean's Potato Chips still at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Unfortunately, the packaging has changed. You can still buy the snack size bags with the old packaging on the outside for under $.50.
Bonnie - August 11, 2012 - Report this comment
My Grandfather used to work for Jeans Potato Chip Co..in Syracuse Ny..he had died in 1960..so way befoe then..I remember him Bringing them to our house.....anyone who knew Harry B. Allen
Jason - October 25, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was a kid my mom used to buy them all the time. I remember they came in a big box, I really liked the crinkle cut ones.
Charlie - January 20, 2014 - Report this comment
These came out in the 1940's
Johna Berger - August 02, 2014 - Report this comment
I can remember when I was a child in the 70's my mom and I sitting and watching roots with jean chips and Pepsi. I hope they still make them
Trevor Rogers - September 15, 2014 - Report this comment
My great aunt, Hilda (Dolly) Cook used to be the office manager for Original Jeans Beans Co. She would bring a box of these potato chips to all the family parties :)
Beverly Bedus-Zeller - January 13, 2015 - Report this comment
My mom worked 2nd shift at jeans. I would pick her up after work. She once gave me a warm bag of chips. Those were so good. My grandma would by jeans chips all the time!RML
harwood - January 15, 2015 - Report this comment
Remember fish fries on Fridays? Early 50s lived behind the plant
Linda Owens - September 18, 2017 - Report this comment
My husband, Bob Owens, knew Frank Childs and after a visit to Georgia one Christmas, Frank began sending us a dozen boxes every Christmas. They wereour favorite Christmas present.
s. lepage - December 27, 2017 - Report this comment
didn't jeans potato chips at one time put a cash slip in the box around the 1950's or so
Rob Lambert - December 28, 2017 - Report this comment
Several searches produced little on Jean's. The company, Jean's Foods, went back to 1934 in Syracuse, primarily limited in sales/distribution to New York State, and stayed independent for 61 years. In 1961, the Terrell Food Co. brought stiff competition for Jean's in chip/snack marketing. In the early 1990s, Jean's may have been facing bankruptcy, and was bought up by Terrell, which has a plant off I-690 in East Syracuse. Both companies may have inserted coupons for a few cents off a future purchase, inside the box.
richard lapointe - March 27, 2018 - Report this comment
only potato chips I remember (over many years) in which the chips sometimes had a bubble. special!
Jean - November 16, 2018 - Report this comment
My grandfather was Eugene DeBorger who started Jeans Beans and the potato chips ! I am related distantly to Frank Childs! Wow! I loved those potato chips and I born in Syracuse and yes there are still products in Watertown ! I love the packaging too! What memories ! Cannot believe that people loved these chips so much !
David Coit - December 01, 2018 - Report this comment
I worked on the potato chip assembly line at Jeans Foods during the summer of 1976. Mr. Childs, despite being the owner, worked with us on the plant floor, while his son handled the finances, etc. I don’t have good memories of Mr. Childs or that job, but that was a long time ago, so Rest In Peace. I would occasionally eat a chip right after coming though the frier ... so good (davecoit@gmail.com)
Sue - December 06, 2018 - Report this comment
I worked on the line while on summer breaks from college a couple of summers in the mid-80s. I remember meeting Frank and chatting with him about my upcoming travels to China...he was very interested and I think, had been there himself. I too remember the hot chips coming out of the fryer. Delicious! I was never very quick at making those boxes! Felt like Lucille Ball at times when things got backed up! Ha!
Marty - May 21, 2019 - Report this comment
I grew up in Syracuse during the 1950s and 1960s and have fond memories of the original Jean's Beans on Fayette Street. On Friday afternoons the store was so crowded the line sometimes went out the door. Jean's potato chips were the best. During the ‘50s, the clerks often gave small 5¢ bags to toddlers. What a treat! During the early ‘70s, some college friends from NYC and I were in the Adirondacks and we stopped at a small corner store that carried Jean’s potato chips. I told them Jean’s potato chips were the greatest, and they all agreed.
Tasha - October 21, 2019 - Report this comment
Omg thanks to a coworker I found the chips that made me smile as a child. My fondest memory going to my grandmas house. Walking through the door and heading to her cabinet for the huge box of chips with the stars! That’s how we found you! I really would love to buy a box of my memories! Can we still get these? Probably not the same 🥺. You always made a smile!
Karen B. - April 23, 2020 - Report this comment
Is Jeans Chips still available ? I used to work there also
Lou - September 23, 2020 - Report this comment
I worked at both the store until it closed and the potato chip plant while at SU 1966-1970.
JB - January 01, 2021 - Report this comment
I worked at Jean's Chips on East Fayette St. in 1976. Frank was a tough boss! However he had a very kind heart. I always cleaned the place with his son Doug every night after the production run. We sprayed Lye on all the greasy surfaces and then rinsed well. One night, I almost burned the place down by accidentally aiming the Lye spray at an electrical outlet. The wires inside the box caught fire furiously, but luckily Doug blasted a fire extinguisher into the box and prevented the flames from going up inside the wall. Doug never tattled on me! (Frank would have killed me!) Doug's older brother goofed off all the time and didn't work very hard. The film, "SLAP SHOT" was being filmed at the time, and Doug's older brother (whose name I forget) spent many hours ogling the female film staff sunbathing on top of the tractor trailers parked around the War Memorial arena. I gained about 10 lbs while working there because we got to take home a pound of chips per day!
Jim C. - June 27, 2021 - Report this comment
About 1960 when I was 11 there was a local Syracuse TV show "JEANS JUNIOR AUCTION" where children would bid on prizes donated by local business sponsors using Jeans potato chip box tops. I think Frank hosted it as auctioneer. My older sister and I got lots of box tops by "reselling" the bagged chips to friends and neighbors and keeping the box tops for the auction. They were the best chips so they were easy to sell. We applied for the show and were selected to be in the bidding gallery. I told all my friends and classmates to watch us on TV. I won a nice chemistry set and we still had box tops left over. Each of the winners were interviewed after winning something. The last prize to be auctioned was a crib mattress (not sure why that was offered on a kids show) so my sister, not wanting to go home empty-handed, bid the remaining box tops and won it. When interviewed she was asked who it was for, and being caught off-guard by the question she blurted out, "for my little brother". Seriously!!! I am now over 70 but still clearly remember it and that I was so angry and embarrassed that I did not speak to her for about a week! I still loved her and finally forgave her by the time I was forty ;-) Ironically, years later I worked at Jeans Potato Chips for a summer after HS graduation. I still have many fond memories of the auction, the job, and my co-workers at the chip factory. (P.S. I aced chemistry in both HS and college, I'm sure in no small part thanks to the fun I had using the chemistry set I won on Jeans Junior Auction!)
John P - October 26, 2021 - Report this comment
I searched for these for so long on google because I remembered the bags logo. They always sold them at J’recks subs!! I swear they had sour cream & onion but I can only find regular ones online. Do they sell these still?

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