Yeah, I know I just did a 52 Foods posting on Monday- but I’m at only 6 write-ups and we’re on week 11 of the year, so I’m playing catch-up…and, no, I will not be reviewing plain ketchup (gosh, am I clever…)
For oh so long has man tried to bring greasy bar food into a portable format…well, not really. But since TGI Fridays dominates the globe with their family-oriented take on bar food, they might as well expand into the bagged snack market. What better way to do so than to take their famous appetizers and re-invent them as salty snack treats that can be enjoyed on sofas or in motor coaches.
I’ve seen their Potato Skins on store shelves for a few years now- and have enjoyed them upon occassion. Decent flavor, texture a little bit too Pringle-y for me, but not bad at all. My lovely wife surprised me with their Onion Rings recently- having not seen them, I am inclined to think they are relatively new.
Some of you may have looked at the graphic of the bag and thought, "They look a lot like Funyuns." You would be correct. Here are the major differnces:
1) Friday’s rings are more uniform in shape. It should be obvious to everyone that both Funyuns and TGI Friday’s Onion Rings are machine-produced, but there is a bit of randomness to the Funyuns size and shape. These Friday’s Rings are definitely from one mold…
2) Friday’s rings are smaller. They are small, tight calamari-esque hoops, while Funyuns are big, oval, Burger King onion ring sized.
3) They are much saltier than Funyuns- and that’s saying a lot. I don’t have a bag of either in front of me to check the sodium content, and that’s probably just as well.
America, you now have the facts. Choose the Onion Ring shaped snack that best fits your purposes.
Note: I am aware of Wise Onion Rings as well, but have had limited exposure to them. Debbie says they are far superior to both Friday’s and Funyuns, and why would she lie about a topic as serious as that?
If anyone knows where to get a hold of these in Illinois, Wisconsin or Iowa, please advise. Yes, we would drive that far for them.
Update: We have a bag of Wise Onion Rings in the house now, thanks to my father-in-law, who never shys away from packing foodstuffs in his suitcase when he hits the East Coast. A side by side by side taste test may be in the works…