You may or may not know that the main ingredient in Bugles, a popular snack food made in the U.S. by General Mills, is corn. Combined with other basic ingredients, the maker fries the funnel-shaped snack in high-saturated-fat oil. Bugles come in several flavors, and most do not cook in hydrogenated oils. The manufacturing process is fairly simple.
According to General Mills, one of the largest food service companies in the world, Bugles initially went on the market in 1966. Over the next two years, the company released Daisy's, Buttons, Bows and Whistles, but only the Bugles snack was successful enough to continue.
Bugles are a combination of degermed yellow corn meal with salt, baking soda, sugar, non-fat milk, wheat flour and other ingredients and preservatives depending on the flavor. The exact process of shaping the Bugles is proprietary but after shaping, the company deep-fries most flavors in coconut oil.
As of 2011, Bugles come in four flavors in the United States. In addition to Bugles Original, flavors are caramel, chocolate peanut butter and nacho cheese.
In 2010, General Mills quit selling Bugles in Canada due to slow sales. The company sells them in the UK in both barbecue and salt and vinegar flavors. The company also licenses the name and shape to other manufacturers in other countries. House Foods sells Bugles in Japan as "Tongari Corn" and Estrella sells them in Sweden as "Sombreros."
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