|Product type||Onion-flavored corn snack|
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. 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". In Korea, a similar snack is sold by the Nongshim Corporation under the name "양파링/Yangpa Ring" meaning Onion Rings.
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. 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".
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.
- Original Funyuns (1969–present)
- Wasabi (2001–2002)
- Flamin' Hot (2007–present)
- Chilli & Limón (2014–2018)
- Steakhouse Onion (2015–2018)
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- 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.
- James, Becca (November 20, 2018). "You should sneak Funyuns into your Thanksgiving spread". The Takeout. Retrieved February 24, 2020.