Nerds consist of various flavors and colors, ranging from extremely sweet to extremely sour; often, the two flavors in one box will contrast, and a single flavor may even exhibit both extremes. A Nerds breakfast cereal based on the concept appeared in the 1980s with two varieties (Orange and Cherry/Grape and Strawberry), but it had a short lifespan.
Although many other flavors are available, some of the current regular flavors of Nerds include the following:
Strawberry and Grape (pink and purple)
Wild Cherry and Watermelon (orange or red and green)
Double Dipped Lemonade-Wild Cherry and Apple-Watermelon (red and yellow)
Sour-Lightning Lemon and Amped Apple (yellow and light green)
Surf ‘n Turf- Totally Tropical Punch and Road Rash Raspberry (red and blue)
Wildberry and Peach (blue and orange)
Watermelon and Punch and Wildberry (green and blue)
Mango Chile and Guava (yellow and pink) El Mango Fuego
Willy Wonka has also come up with several spin-off products of Nerds:
Sour Nerds are big and they usually come in Lightning Lemon and Amped Apple. They are packaged in a regular box. A second flavor—Shocking Strawberry and Electric Blue—was also released.
Strawberry Giant Chewy Nerds, also known as “Future Nerds”, have a chewy jelly bean center with a bumpy, crunchy Nerd shell. They are the same product as Nerd Jelly Beans, but they are available year-round.
Nerds Rope consists of gummy string with a variety of Nerds attached to the outside. It comes in original, berry and tropical flavors.
Rainbow Nerds is a box of regular Nerds with multiple flavors, with no partition or organization.
Jumbo Nerds is a box of Nerds with multiple flavors—much larger than regular Nerds. The box depicts one jumbo Nerd on one end of a see-saw with several regular-sized Nerds trying to counter its weight.
Nerds Gum Balls are bubble gum balls filled with multiple flavors of Nerds on the inside.
Seasonal Nerds are sometimes manufactured for holidays. Flavors may include:
Spooky Nerds, a Halloween variety featuring fruit punch (white) and orange flavors.
Frosty Nerds, a Christmas variety featuring watermelon (green), cherry (red) and fruit punch (white) flavors.
Valentine Nerds, a Valentine’s Day variety in a miniature box featuring mixed strawberry (pink) and fruit punch (white) flavors.
Hoppin’ Nerds, an Easter variety featuring pink rainbow and blue rainbow flavors.
Nerds Cereal, a now-discontinued breakfast cereal that, like the candy, featured two separate flavors in a box (Orange and Cherry/Grape and Strawberry). The cereal came with a mail-in offer for a Nerds cerealbowl, which also could be divided in two, like a standard Nerds box.
Nerds Gum consisted of pieces that looked like regular Nerds, but were actually bubble gum. The box featured a Nerd floating away with a bubble gum bubble coming out of its mouth.
Dweebs, now discontinued, were a soft, chewy version of Nerds. Released in the early 1990s, Dweebs contained three separate flavors rather than two. Dweebs were available only for a very short time, however.
Neon Nerds were introduced in 1996 and came in Pinktricity, LightningLime, and Electro Orange flavors. They are still sold in Australia and New Zealand. The LightningLime flavor was only sold in the UK, according to candy expert Jason Liebig.
Nerd Jelly Beans, produced for Easter, are jelly beans with a coating of carnauba wax, which makes them taste like Nerds.
Wonkalate, a UK-only chocolate bar, which, aside from its purple color, contained snozzberry-flavored Nerds.
Nerd Blizzard, a Nerd milkshake offered from Dairy Queen. Now discontinued, Nerds plus soft serve ice cream was not a popular match (this combination can still be found at DQs throughout Minnesota, however).
Candy Nerds Slushes, A variety of the Candy Slushes offered by Sonic that feature Nerds.
Throughout the 1980s, several new flavors of Nerds were introduced from time to time; for example, “Hot and Cool” Nerds (cinnamon and wintergreen flavored), blueberry and raspberry, and lemon and lime.