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Product type onion-flavored corn snack
Owner Frito-Lay
Website US

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. 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 the 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",[1] had already been taken by Rudolph Foods.

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 these snacks are sold under the name "Cebolitos".


Regular flavor Funyuns
  • Regular Funyuns (1999)
  • Wasabi (2000?-2002)
  • Flamin' Hot (2007–present)
  • Chile & Limon (2014–present)

In mass media[edit]

  • A television commercial for Funyuns, circa 1969, featured a variation of Susan Christie's 1966 song, "I Love Onions".
  • In the 9th episode of the second season in AMC's Breaking Bad, Jesse exclaims, "Funyuns are awesome!"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joe. "FunYuns vs. OnYums". Retrieved 2011-10-29. 

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