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Product typeOnion-flavored corn snack
OwnerPepsiCo (via Frito-Lay)
CountryUnited States

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. In Brazil, Funyuns are sold under the name "Cebolitos".[2]


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]

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 early 2021 funyuns became available in Canada, in a $2 snack size.

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]


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

Popular culture[edit]

In the AMC television series Breaking Bad, Funyuns are a favourite snack of starring character Jesse Pinkman. They are also a favourite of Marshall Eriksen in How I Met Your Mother, as well as a prized possession of Foxxy Love on Drawn Together. In The Big Bang Theory TV Series, Season 8, Episode 6 Raj requests Sheldon to arrange a pack of Funyuns from Vending Machine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Myers, Dan (9 June 2016). "What Exactly Are Funyuns, Anyway?". The Daily Meal. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Cebolitos". PepsiCo (in 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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