Thursday, March 23, 2006

Wasabi Funyuns...my newest addiction


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he better be bringing me Wasabi Funyuns for Christmas this year. I plan on being a very, very good girl. My epicurean delights run the gamut from tastes-like-the-sea oysters on the half shell to perfectly chargrilled steaks, cilantro jalapeño hummus, avocado gelato, to decadent and salty caviar on blinis with a dollop of rich crème fraîche and a flute of champagne. Now I've fallen from the heights into a sordid love affair with an onion and wasabi flavored corn ring.

Funyuns have always been a guilty pleasure. I love strong flavors and was instantly attracted to the crunchy oniony snack as a child. When I found that Frito-Lay added wasabi, I had to try them. They aren't quite wasabi enough for me, but then again, it's never enough wasabi unless my eyes are watering and my airways threatening to close. For those CenTexers unfamiliar with the spice, wasabi is a condiment made from Japanese horseradish and traditionally served with sushi. That green paste on your plate is not guacamole, Tex. Wasabi, like dry ground mustard has a heat that inflames the sinus cavity but doesn't burn your mouth. Mixing it with onion flavor and making a chip is pure genius.

Don't let the idea scare you off. Try a bag today. And if the Wasabi Funyuns aren't your thing, put a chip clip on that bag and bring it to me! Oh, and if anyone wants my hummus recipe, just e me. I'll share.

8 comments:

Missychel said...

I too have been addicted since childhood. I only allow myself to enjoy the whitetrash, cruchy rings of deep fried goodness on roadtrips. There is nothing like munching(oh!... i love munchos too) on a BigBag of Funyuns then washing them down with a 20-ouncer of Hawaiian Punch and driving down the highway sunroof open and singing at the top of my lungs some horrible song that I know all the words to but hate.(wilson phillips "hold on" comes to mind)

So.....Wasabi huh? I will have to break the rules and allow myself a trip to the U-totem(remember those?) to pick up a bag. I will let you know what I think!

Missychel said...

Oh yeah......and once you finish the bag and lick your fingers the rook of your mouth is COMPLETELY wrecked and tender for days.

TwinKim said...

NO FAIR!! I can't find them here. I went out of my way to make a stop for Wasabi Funyuns only to be greeted by blank stares by my local grocery store workers. I hope, hope, hope that they will spread north so that I, too, can indugle.

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Frederick Reinhardt said...

As with everything else in your life, this blog post is full of LIES! There is no such creation at CVS. I just looked.

That said, I was really looking forward to it. My all-time favorite meal was Funyuns with Campbell's "cheese" sauce poured over them. I wonder if the Wasabi (again, IF there is such a thing) burns your pee pee when you use the Funyuns like we used to!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Miss...LOVE Munchos too!!! You're right, they really do fuck up the "rock" of your mouth. :-)

Amy said...

I love wasabi!!! Must try these!