Nuts are a pretty straightforward snack. They are healthy and easy to carry and eat. And the process to prepare them is just as simple. Sure, they might get roasted or honey-glazed, but the nut has rarely been that technologically advanced.
However, according to a recently unveiled patent, Frito-Lay has some ideas to do all sorts of crazy things to your nuts. Under a process they’ve developed, they’ve figured out ways to “puff” nuts up, changing their size, texture and flavor.
According to Food Navigator USA, in an international patent filing published last week, Frito-Lay claims there is a need to “provide enhanced changes to nuts and legumes which are attractive to the consumer.” The snack giant’s solution is a two-step process that involves hydrating nuts then either puffing them up or dehydrating them under high temperatures.