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– Origins:
– Frito means fried in Spanish.
– The Frito Company was founded in 1932 during the Great Depression by the Doolin family in San Antonio, Texas.
– Fritos were first manufactured in the family’s garage and later expanded to multiple plants across the United States.
– The company diversified its products to include Cheetos, chili, bean dip, tortilla chips, and more.
– In 1965, Frito-Lay merged with Pepsi-Cola to become PepsiCo.

– Company mascots:
– Frito Kid was the mascot from 1952 to 1967, followed by the Frito Bandito until 1971.
– Mascots were later changed to the Muncha Bunch and W.C. Fritos.
– Specific flavors like Spicy Jalapeño and Sweet Chilli are available in certain regions.
– Various mascots were designed to represent the brand over the years.
– The evolution of mascots reflected changing cultural sensitivities.

– Flavor twists:
– Fritos Flavor Twists are a spiral-shaped variation available in the U.S.
– Cheddar Ranch and Honey BBQ are some of the flavor options.
– The flavor twists offer a different texture and taste experience.
– Flavor twists cater to diverse consumer preferences.
– The range of flavors continues to evolve based on market trends.

– Dipping sauces:
– Bean Dip, Hot Bean Dip, Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Dip, and Mild Cheddar Cheese Dip are popular choices.
– Dipping sauces enhance the snacking experience.
– Consumers can choose from a variety of savory options.
– Dipping sauces complement Fritos’ crunchy texture.
– The availability of different dips adds versatility to the snack.

– Discontinued variations:
– King Size, Fritos Lite, Nacho Cheese, and Tabasco were some discontinued variations.
– Unique products like Fritos Racerz and Limited Edition Wild n Mild Ranch were briefly available.
– The brand experimented with flavors like Mayonnaise and Mustard.
– Discontinued variations reflect changing consumer preferences.
– Limited edition releases added excitement to the product line.

Fritos (Wikipedia)

Fritos is an American brand of corn chips and dipping sauces that was created in 1932 by Charles Elmer Doolin and has been produced since 1961 by the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo. Fritos are made by deep-frying extruded whole cornmeal, unlike the similar tortilla chips, which are made from cornmeal and use the nixtamalization process (known as masa). It is one of two brands representing Frito-Lay along with Lay's.

Bunch of Frito chips
Product typeCorn chip
OwnerPepsiCo (via Frito-Lay)
Introduced1932; 92 years ago (1932)
Related brandsDoritos
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