Funyuns

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Funyuns
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Product typeOnion-flavored corn snack
OwnerFrito-Lay
CountryUnited States
Introduced1969; 53 years ago (1969)
Websitefunyuns.com

Funyuns is the brand name of an onion-flavored corn snack introduced in the United States in 1969, and invented by Frito-Lay employee Ray Trinidad.[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. In Brazil, Funyuns are sold under the name "Cebolitos".[2] In Korea, a similar snack is sold by the Nongshim Corporation under the name "양파링/Yangpa Ring" meaning Onion Rings.

History[edit]

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.[3] Initial television advertising for the snack featured a variation of Susan Christie's 1966 song, "I Love Onions".

They were invented in 1969 where "they stand as the apogee of weird Space-Age food innovation and rival the moon landing and Woodstock as that year’s primary American cultural events".[4]

Over the years, several recipes have come out that use Funyuns as an ingredient, including one using the product as a replacement for fried onions in green bean casserole and using the crushed snack food as a Thanksgiving turkey coating.[5]

Flavors[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, Dan (9 June 2016). "What Exactly Are Funyuns, Anyway?". The Daily Meal. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Cebolitos". PepsiCo (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  3. ^ DB Grady (20 November 2013). "11 things you didn't know about chip engineering". The Week. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ Muir, Pat (March 6, 2019). "Pat Eats Garbage Food: What's fun about Funyuns? Not much". The Yakima Herald, SCENE. Yakima, Washington, USA. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  5. ^ James, Becca (November 20, 2018). "You should sneak Funyuns into your Thanksgiving spread". The Takeout. Retrieved February 24, 2020.

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