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 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 Syracuse Ny..he had died in 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 (
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!

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