|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 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", 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 Funyuns (1999)
- Wasabi (2000?-2002)
- Flamin' Hot (2007–present)
- Chile & Limon (2014–present)
In mass media
- 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!"
- Joe. "FunYuns vs. OnYums". Retrieved 2011-10-29.