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Funyuns® Flamin’ Hot Onion Flavored Rings

Having worked in advertising and marketing for the last 17 years, an important facet of our profession – besides accuracy and deadlines – is creativity. Where sometimes we go way off the deep end to push the envelope in order to standout. Hence sometimes the outcome are things like what you see here. Utterly silly, yes, but admittedly kinda’ cool, right? No? Certainly HILARIOUS! Frito Lay should hire me as one of their advertising agents. LOL!!!

If not cool, definitely HOT, as, for today’s “filler” post, let’s do a quick review of Funyuns® Flamin’ Hot Onion Flavored Rings.

This package came from a friend who recently went to Vegas, where according to her, these here “Flamin’ Hot” Funyuns are region-exclusive, only available in states near the Mexico border, including California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. I certainly haven’t seen this in stores here in Honolulu. Then again, I’m not a regular snack chip eater, so wouldn’t have noticed it if it was there.

Frito Lay seems to have region-specific snack chips across their product line, as from feedback by readers in comments, apparently their Maui Style Shrimp Chips are exclusive to Hawaii, however they may have expanded distribution to mainland retailers, so don’t quote me on that. If you have time to research it, great. Let us know.

Back to the Flamin’ Hot Funyuns, let’s take a closer look…

They certainly LOOK flamin’ hot! And how are they? I’d say SLEEPER HOT. When you first taste it, it comes across as tomato-based and mildly spicy, sort of like a Funyun dipped in tomato-based Salsa, albeit in a dry powdered way, where that flavor profile pretty much overpowers the Funyun’s otherwise inherent onion flavor. THEN, about 30 seconds after the first one you eat, it hits your palate quite hard in Scoville Unit alarm bells. You’re like, “WHOAH! Hot diggity-damned, this buggah’s got some KICK!”.

Where after about the third Flamin’ Hot Funyun, you’re face looks like this…

Basically, you become sh#@faced. LOL!!! Seriously though, these things got some “sleeper” punch! Of course, that depends on your tolerancy for hot foods. I’m a p#ssy when it comes to spicy hot stuff, so this stuff was pretty intense for me. Where I looked like this…

I’m not sure if that looks like some fun cartoon character, or a totally demented twist of one of them blow-up sex dolls… as if that isn’t already demented as it is. LOL!!!

While they may remind you old school folks of Yick Lung’s Nibb-Its, they taste nothing like it, lacking any smoky BBQ sauce flavor profile, which is pretty much the gist of what Nibb-Its tastes like. Texture’s similar though.

Anyhow, there you have it. They’re actually really good, and can be addicting once you acclimate to the heat factor. I’ll give Funyuns Flamin’ Hots 3 SPAM Musubi. If you’ve seen or have tasted Funyuns® Flamin’ Hot Onion Flavored Rings, let us hear your thoughts on it.

P.S. Speaking of faces, I was visiting my mom this weekend, where she said I should shave my “faded” beard off. Personally I like it, especially with the partial grey coming out. What you think? Shave it completely clean-cut, or keep the “fade”?…

That’s actually a less-then-perfect example of my “fade” look, as there’s too much stubble on my neck, but you get the idea. That was taken in the morning before starting work, hence small ‘kine bags under my eyes being so early, practically just woken up.

Oh, I also finally broke the 170 pound barrier! 179.8 lbs., baby! Finally I’m getting a sharper jaw line, but still have more work to do on it. Blood, sweat ‘n tears. Lots ‘n lots ‘n lots of tears.


8 thoughts on “Funyuns® Flamin’ Hot Onion Flavored Rings

  • September 5, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Keep the stubble, but add an earring! Ganbatte with the weight loss and the new direction to healthier eating. But, glad to see you indulge every once in a while. Stay happy and keep blogging, you are da bes!

    • September 5, 2012 at 5:16 am

      Jan, regarding adding an earring, I’m ok with a gal thinking I look “hot”, but not “flamin’ hot”. LOL!!!

      Besides, I’m tattoo-free, and plan to remain piercing-free as well. But domo arigato gozaimasu for the suggestion and inspirational comments!

      And yes, every once in a while I do indulge, as, as you know, you gain weight by NOT eating, or not eating enough, as your body goes into survival mode (slowing metabolic rate to store fat). I actually found my weight to go DOWN a day after eating something really fatty, such as an egg and buttery grilled cheese sandwich. Sort of like a game you play with your body to trick it to lose weight. At least, that’s been my experience.

  • September 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I haven’t had Funyuns in a long time. No idea they came in flavors now! Wondering if it’s the same recipe used for the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. If so, I’m not going to even risk it on the Funyuns — those Cheetos scorched a trail both coming and going.

  • September 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I’m in with the earing. I’m thinking a Vin Diesel kinda flow.. Run with it. My cousin Bertram get vice grips and one sewing needle. Since get plenty beer and ice not going hurt. Eh, trust cusion Berch can do everyting.


    Couisn Berch is a made up character by my family since I was hanna buttah days to protect the names of my actual relatives. Please do not use this advice as it may cause injury or death.


    • September 7, 2012 at 5:02 am

      Well, the shaved head stays (because hair certainly isn’t gonna’ grow back up on top there), but no way for earrings. NO WAY. However, if you look at the photos I’ve been posting of myself recently, try Google a picture of Andre Agassi (the tennis player) and do a comparison. Lots of folks I meet in person who knows what he looks like say I resemble him. My clone? I think everyone has one out there. Just like soul mates, or the “love of your life”. I thought I met mine about 20 years too early ago. Should have known ever since she left that I was wrong about that.

      As for your cousin Bertram, now THAT’s one typical Podagee name, right there! What, you no mo’ one odda’ cousin named “Manny”? LOL!

      • September 8, 2012 at 12:31 am

        Yeah get Manny… We no talk about him too much. He’s kinda low key since he went hit the pig on chain of craters road. The pig went squeal.

  • September 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Well I know I’ve seen (and eaten) these in Minnesota, so the idea of having to be close to Mexico is perhaps off kilter. Although a straight shot from one end of I35 to the other would get them here right from the mother ship in Texas.

    Love the blog!

    • September 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      I had a feeling it was distributed more widespread than just the southern border states. And Mahalo!


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