is the name of a brand of corn chip
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s made by Frito-Lay
Frito-Lay North America is the division of PepsiCo that manufactures, markets and sells corn chips, potato chips and other snack foods. The primary snack food brands produced under the Frito-Lay name include Fritos corn chips, Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips,...
. Elmer Doolin was so taken with the bag of corn chips served with his lunch in San Antonio, Texas
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that he paid $100 for the recipe. In 1932, he started the Frito Corporation. Original Fritos ingredients are limited to whole corn, corn oil, and salt.
From 1952 until 1967, the Frito Kid was the company's official mascot. The Frito Bandito
The Frito Bandito was the cartoon mascot for Fritos corn chips from 1967 to 1971. The Bandito was created by the Foote, Cone & Belding Agency, and animated by Tex Avery. The character was voiced by Mel Blanc, who used an exaggerated Mexican accent not unlike another character of his, Speedy...
was its mascot from 1967 until about 1971, and was discontinued due to complaints about the Bandito image. He was replaced by "the Muncha Bunch," perhaps to recall the name of "The Wild Bunch
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," a popular film of the time. In the mid-1970s, Fritos' mascot was a W. C. Fields
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caricature, W.C. Fritos.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Fritos used the commercial jingle, "Muncha buncha, muncha buncha, muncha buncha, muncha buncha, Fritos goes with lunch" (sung to the tune of "Aba Daba Honeymoon
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- Chili Cheese
- Flamin' Hot
- McGraw's Spicy Jalapeño (limited edition)
- Tangy Roasted Corn
- Sabrositas (lime & chile)
- Scoops (wider chips intended for dipping)
- Hoops (Go Snacks)
- Pinch of Salt
- Dirty Mexican Chicken
- Ranch Style
- Chutney (in South Africa
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Additionally, a sub-brand called Twists are produced in three flavors:
- Honey Barbecue
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- King Size
- Fritos Lite
- Fritos Tabasco
- Fritos Racers, the Fritos material formed into a more crunchy race car shape were sold for a short while before the introduction of Twists.
- Nacho Cheese (late 1980s-early 1990s)
- Ranch (late 1980s-early 1990s)
- Cheddar Ranch Twists (late 1990s-early 2000s)
- Texas Grill, a thicker version of the original with "grill strips" on the chips. The honey barbecue flavor transitioned over to the twists.
Some Frito-Lay brand seasoned products, including some flavors of Fritos, contain pork enzymes as part of cheese flavorings, though numerous cheese-flavored Frito-Lay products do not contain pork enzymes. The presence of pork enzymes make such products treif for Jews and haraam
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