I’ve only had Funyuns in the past but there are actually quite a few versions of puffed “onion” rings (actually puffed corn) which I was totally unaware of before I started looking for them. The most similar in name was Onyums so I picked those. Tonight’s tasting was with my sister, Elaine and brother-in-law, Zac. We dug into these and evaluated.
We felt the Funyuns had a very good, satisfying crunch and a nice oniony flavor. I felt they were a bit too salty but Elaine liked that and thought they were seasoned just right. Zac liked these too but felt they were some what “drying” – maybe because of the salt that they left him reaching for a drink.
The first thing we noticed was that these were much lighter in texture and much “airier”. Because of the airiness it was kind of like biting into styrofoam. These did not taste like onion very much. Zac felt they tasted a little like ranch. Elaine said she had to eat another Funyun just to get the taste of the Onyum out of her mouth.
Funyuns wins this round, we felt they were just more tasty and satisfying in general but Zac did say if he didn’t have Funyuns right there to compare to that he’d probably just eat the Onyums if there was nothing else around. I did notice though that between the two that Funyuns have partially hydrogenated oil and Onyums don’t so for health reasons (although you’d probably avoid either of these if you’re watching your health) you might want to go for the Onyums.