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Product typeOnion-flavored corn snack
OwnerPepsiCo (for Frito-Lay)
CountryUnited States
Introduced1969 US
Funyuns shown in detail

Funyuns is the brand name of an onion-flavored corn snack introduced in the United States in 1969, and invented by Frito-Lay employee George Bigner.[1] Funyuns consist primarily of cornmeal, ring-shaped using an extrusion process, representing the shape and texture of fried onion rings. A salt and onion mix gives them their flavor. They are a product of PepsiCo's Frito-Lay company.

They were named "Funyuns" by University of North Texas professor and copywriter Jim Albright, after it was discovered that the first choice of name for the product, "OnYums", was a registered trademark of Rudolph Foods.[2] Initial television advertising for the snack featured a variation of Susan Christie's 1966 song, "I Love Onions".

In 2005, the "window cutout" showing the actual product inside the bag was replaced by a photograph of the product, falling in line with the design of the rest of Frito-Lay's product line. The big-bag Funyuns was one of the last Frito-Lay brands to completely phase out the "window". In Brazil, Funyuns are sold under the name "Cebolitos".[3] In popular culture, they were a favorite snack of Jesse Pinkman in the AMC television series Breaking Bad and Marshall Erickson of How I Met Your Mother.


  • Original Funyuns (1969–present)
  • Wasabi (2001–2002)
  • Flamin' Hot (2007–present)
  • Chile & Limón (2014–2018)
  • Steakhouse Onion (2015–2018)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Myers, Dan (9 June 2016). "What Exactly Are Funyuns, Anyway?". The Daily Meal. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  2. ^ DB Grady (20 November 2013). "11 things you didn't know about chip engineering". The Week. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Cebolitos". PepsiCo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-02-26.

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