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 of Arlington, TX. While consisting primarily of cornmeal, Funyuns are ring-shaped using an extrusion process, representing the shape and texture of fried onion rings. A salt and onion mix give 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.'
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