Funyuns are crispy, salty snacks that are onion-flavored. They are wildly popular, and many gluten-free people often wonder if Funyuns are gluten free. Let’s dive in and look at the facts.

A big bag of funyuns.

What Are Funyuns?

Funyuns are a snack food that mimics onion rings. The Frito Lay Company makes them. They are crunchy and fun to eat. Funyuns come in two different flavors: Original Plain and Flamin’ Hot.

Funyuns often amuses me because the company goes out of its way to make them look like onion rings, but this snack has no real onion.

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Answer: Are Funyuns Gluten Free?

Like many of the brand’s “no gluten ingredient” products, the answer is that it depends. According to the Frito Lay website, milk is the only allergen listed in Funyuns. I list the ingredients below, and you can see no gluten products are used in making this gluten-free snack.

The funyuns allergen statement.

Funyuns Ingredients:

Remember, when you read an ingredient list by a manufacturer, they list products from the highest concentration to the least. Reading the product’s food label to look for hidden gluten ingredients is always best.

  • Enriched Corn Meal
  • Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil)
  • Salt
  • Corn Starch
  • Sugar
  • Corn Flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Maltodextrin (Made from corn)
  • Onion Powder
  • MSG
  • Hydrolyzed Corn Protein
  • Dextrose
  • Garlic Powder
  • Natural Flavors
  • Gum Arabic

The big problem is that Funyuns are made on shared equipment with wheat snacks. Frito Lay claims the equipment is cleaned between runs, but the company does not test any of their “no gluten ingredient” snacks for gluten ingredients. Frito Lay is careful not to make any gluten claims.

If you have Celiac Disease, I would say there is a lot of risk in eating this snack food. It probably depends on your symptoms and sensitivity level for those with gluten intolerance.

Also, check Are Pringles Gluten Free.

Gluten Free Onion Snack Alternatives:

If you love crunchy onion snacks, I have good news: two delicious gluten-free alternatives you can substitute for Funyuns! These snacks are great options that are full of onion flavor!

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