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March 21, 2014 8:20 AM   Subscribe

Tell me everything (FACTUAL) you know about Funyuns. Truly great anecdotes, recipes (!) , etc allowed for--just not interested in creating a "Yum/Oh Gross" post; so no opinions, please. Bonus points for anyone who's ever worked on a Funyun line!
posted by TigerMoth to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
There is a surprisingly robust and informative Wikipedia page about them.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:22 AM on March 21, 2014

There's a slang term "spunion," a portmanteau of spun+onion, used to refer to someone who has done so many drugs they're permafried.
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:26 AM on March 21, 2014

A video on how they're made.
posted by Specklet at 8:29 AM on March 21, 2014

I bet the broccoli with Cheetos recipe on Saveur could be adapted for Funyuns use.
posted by kmennie at 8:41 AM on March 21, 2014

They are delicious when crushed and put on top of baked Mac and Cheese, about halfway through baking.

They are also a spectacularly good additive to batter/breading for both fish and chips and fried chicken. Again, crush them first.
posted by toxic at 8:48 AM on March 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'd say they're kind of the go-to "stoner food" if someone's making a joke about "stoner food."

Particularly because of Jim Breuer's line in "Half-Baked," in which a bunch of stoners list the food they want from the grocery store, and Breuer adds ".....and some FUNYONS, man!"
posted by kuanes at 9:00 AM on March 21, 2014

From Breaking Bad: Funyuns are awesome. Episode info listed as part of the Wiki page above.
posted by PaulaSchultz at 9:13 AM on March 21, 2014


In junior high, everyone brought a bag of chips and a 2 liter of soda to stock the refreshments table. There was a guy who would eat an entire bag of Funyuns every time, then proceed to go slow dance with girls. We called him the boa constrictor, because you'd start at a normal distance, and by the time the song ended, he'd slowly squeezed so that you were pressed right up against him, breathing Funyuns breath.

I haven't seen him in 20 years, but I will never, ever NOT associate this dude with Funyuns.
posted by pixiecrinkle at 10:46 AM on March 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

The Dead Alewives' sequel to their classic Dungeons & Dragons sketch takes place at a school, and we hear the following lines shouted/whined from the background:

"Does anyone have a quarter?... If nobody has a quarter I have to get Funyuns!... The Funyuns are stuck in the machine!"

The Funyuns are stuck in the machine. Not only are you unable to get what you want, but you can't even get what you don't want. Your desire leads only to suffering and loss, as you now possess even less than that with which you started. It's some kind of goddamn metaphor, man.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:29 AM on March 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

When I was in Jr High I would crumble up funyons over cottage cheese and I loved it.

I haven't worked up the courage to try it as an adult.
posted by Elly Vortex at 1:17 PM on March 21, 2014

Classic Onion: Funyuns Still Outselling Responsibilityuns
posted by Rhaomi at 8:12 PM on March 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

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