F - North America - Salty

Funyuns

Frito Lay

Taste: 1

Texture: 4

Novelty: 2

All scores out of 5

This might be the first and only time in the history of food where the word fun is merged with the word onion. In general I don't find onions to be fun at all, in fact I'd say that they're one of the saddest vegetables, considering how many people cry over them. I'm also not a big fan of onions as a primary flavour in my snacks. To me onions are a spice, and should be used as such. A pinch of dried onions, or a few cooked onions are fine used in moderation, but you'll never catch me eating onions on their own, and I cringe any time I see someone taking a bite out of one.

Fortunately for me, Funyuns don't really taste like onions, or at the very least don't taste strongly of onions. They really taste like onions and deep fried crunchy rings. It's hard to describe the flavour of deep fried crunchy rings, it's almost like a strong flavour of nothing. There might be a hint of oil, but nothing that really makes these sing. I never thought I'd say this, but these could probably use a little more onion flavour, that or something that balances well with onions. Here in Canada, you can buy a similar snack, however the rings are less dense, and they're flavoured with both sour cream and onion. While I like the Funyuns texture more, the flavour of the Canadian rings is much better.

Funyuns are a classic American snack, so it's not likely that they're going to change them. I guess if you grew up with these then they're probably OK. Having no history with them, I can't say that I'm a big fan, but it's not like they're disgusting either.