Rainbow Nerds

nerdsNerds are another of those candies I grew up enjoying– but I’ve yet to get a solid answer on how the name originated.  What makes them so nerdy?

Well, however they got their name, Nerds have been around since the early 1980s.  Back then, I think they usually came two flavors to a package in small boxes that were divided down the middle.  There were two openings at the top of the box, so that you could eat, say, strawberry nerds for a while, then switch over to the grape, or mix them in whatever ratio you preferred.  (It was all very scientific, I assure you.)

While Nerds are still available in that format, lately I see them more often like this– Rainbow Nerds– five flavors of Nerds all bouncing around together in a large box.  It’s a bit chaotic.  I prefer my Nerds separated by color/flavor, because that way you get a stronger concentration of each individual taste (without the nuisance of having to pick through them by hand).  Still, I’ll take my Nerds as I can find them.

(Have you noticed that I’m using the name “Nerds” more than is strictly necessary?  It’s just so darn fun!)

Packaging:  Colorful, bright, and covered in goofy little armless critters that one assumes are what Nerds look like when they’ve magically come to life. . . The box has a handy tab opening– perfect for saving some for later.

That said, the little screed on the back of the box may be pushing things a little:

“Greetings to you from Willy Wonka himself! Tremendous things are in store for you!  Many tasty treats await you!  Inside this Scrumdiddlyumptious package you will find MYSTIC & MARVELOUS SURPRISES that will Entrance, Intrigue & Delight you BEYOND MEASURE.  So don’t just STAND THERE with your mouth open.  Go On.  Feed Your Imagination.”

. . .Yeah. . . Maybe I’d be impressed if I were seven or eight.  At this point in my life, though, I question any candy’s ability to entrance, intrigue, and delight me beyond measure.

nerds2Appearance:  Again, bright and colorful.  Specifically, they are pink, purple, orange, yellow, and green.  The tiny bits of candy come in random shapes and sizes, with a nice touch of shine.

One negative about Nerds is their habit of falling into nooks and crannies (such as computer keyboards and between couch cushions).  That’s just a hazard you have to learn to live with.

Aroma:  There’s not a strong aroma, but there is a faint whiff of fruity sweetness.

Texture:  They’re crunchy, but not so hard that they hurt to bite.  They’re meant to be crunched.

Flavor:  The flavors include strawberry, grape, sour apple, lemonade, and orange.  Each flavor is distinct enough to be recognizable when eaten separately, but if you eat a variety of them at one time, the flavors are somewhat lost in a jumble of sweet and sour.  In fact, each individual flavor is a pleasant mixture of sweet and tangy, though some are tarter than others.

I’m not sure if my fondness for Nerds is based more on what they are or on nostalgia, but I’m sure I do like them.  They’re just plain fun to eat!


Rainbow Nerds
Brand: Wonka
Weight: 6oz
Price: $1

Yum: Pleasant mixture of sweet and tangy. Very affordable nostalgic treat.

Yuck: Might be better if the flavors weren’t all jumbled together.

Packaging:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Aroma:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Texture:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Appearance:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Flavor:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Overall:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

26 comments on “Rainbow Nerds

  1. Ruth July 18, 2010 3:54 am

    Hey, I have 7 colors in my rainbow nerds box, red, pink, purple, yellow, orange white and green. You listed five flavors what are the other two and how do the 7 flavors match to the 7 colors?

  2. Karen March 3, 2011 3:55 am

    the green is watermelon, not sour apple

    • Wonka May 8, 2015 9:19 pm

      No it’s Sour Apple in the Rainbow box. But with the new campaign, it might as well be Soap Apple.

  3. Kate March 27, 2011 3:55 am

    I eat nerds all of the time..the current box i am eating has orange, pink, yellow, green, and purple. Some of the Rainbow boxes contain white, red, and a couple RARE blues… what is the reason for this?

  4. Taylor July 27, 2011 3:55 am

    I just got a box with blue ones in it & there was ONE red nerd in it. I buy Nerds all the time & this is the first time i’ve ever seen blue ones & a red one? strange.

  5. Charles January 13, 2012 3:56 am

    I am currently eating nerds in my mouth, and they taste so yummy. I was just pondering because I have never seen these colors before. I have a box with brown, black, grey, and puke green nerds. Can anyone help me out with the flavors? Thank everyone oh so much.

  6. Andrea April 1, 2012 3:56 am

    I just got my first WHITE Nerd. Is this the lemonade flavour?

  7. Raman June 21, 2012 3:56 am

    Gosh darn it .I’m eating nerds too and I just toked the whacky tobaccy. BEST COMBO EVER!

  8. Hannah December 9, 2012 3:56 am

    Im eating nerds right now and in the current box of rainbow nerds i have pink, green, yellow, orange, purple. But there is also brown nerds and i cant figure out what they taste good. they taste weird but in a good way. Why is it that some boxes have different colors in them. It just confuses me. Also in my last box i have TWO red nerds and then i also had a box with blue. Its just weird if you ask me.

  9. Lori December 17, 2012 3:57 am

    I LOVE NERDS!!! I hope I can share some of my Nerds info. with fellow fans. Normally when all of the Christmas/Holiday candies are put out you can find bags of individual boxes of Nerds. They are called Frosty Nerds, and include 3 colors/flavors in each box. They are Red – Wild Cherry, White – Punch, and
    Dark Green – Watermelon. I have also seen 2 new flavors that come in the traditional box called Surf & Turf. The flavors/colors are Blue – Road Rash Rasberry and Dark Pink – Totally Tropical Punch

  10. charlotte September 13, 2013 3:57 am

    hi even though im british every year or so i find a box of nerds and they are amazing xxx

  11. JaNet C December 2, 2013 3:57 am


  12. Daron March 14, 2014 3:57 am

    In reply to Ruth,
    I found seven colors in mine as-well. The package has the five he listed but inside i found blue and red ones and all the other colors but no white in mine. Maybe they just throw extra nerds in there or it is completely random.

  13. Parana July 20, 2014 3:57 am

    I have just bought a box of these. These are rare in NZ

    • Elaina August 24, 2020 11:36 pm

      I love nerds I got a white and pink nude

  14. Erica December 16, 2014 2:18 am

    My box of nerds contains the Colors pink, purple, green, yellow, orange, blue and white!!! Mmmmmm…..

  15. Bob February 15, 2015 4:33 pm

    Blue is awesome

  16. Wonka May 8, 2015 9:21 pm

    The new campaign makes them taste gross. Do not buy them if they say “no artificial flavors” it tastes like soap.

  17. Raymone May 10, 2016 1:29 pm

    I eat nerds all the time and this is the first time ive got a box that has yellow, orange, green, pink and purple that has a bunch of blue. That’s starnge.

  18. lightforall January 9, 2017 5:15 am

    what is the difference if any between the throwback nerds and modern ones? or is it just marketing? I think I taste a slight difference (without having both boxes at the same time) but I’m not certain.

  19. Stephanie June 14, 2017 10:49 pm

    Guys, I think the brown/black/gray are flukes? Like colours randomly mixed together? Also the blue and red can either be from special flavours that accidentally got included in the rainbow box, or were supposed to be purple but never got mixed?

  20. Alex December 12, 2017 6:12 am

    They aren’t that hard to find in Australia and I will buy a packet every now and again. My rainbow nerds have only ever had 6 colours in them, never more or less. They are Pink, Yellow, Green, Orange, Purple and Blue. Never seen any other colours than them though 🙂

  21. inhahe February 9, 2020 11:59 am

    I agree about separating them by flavor, which is why I eat my Rainbow Nerds one at a time. =P Their flavor is strong enough that one tiny Nerd at a time is enough!

  22. Elaina August 24, 2020 11:37 pm

    I love nerds they are awesome I got a white and pink nerd

  23. Elaina August 24, 2020 11:38 pm

    I have a white and pink nerd right now

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