One of the craziest candies existing in this playful world is known as Nerds. You might have come across Nerds boxes in your conventional candy store, or seen another kid munching on these sweet colorful rocks across the street. Undeniably, the joy that Nerds has brought to the world is so evident that it’s something unforgettable from our joyous youth.
Like Slinkies, Kit Kat or Tamagochi, Nerds is a treasured part of our childish memoirs, and created a legacy that only kids would understand. Still, while letting these tasty rock candies crunch on every movement of your jaw, have you ever wondered where they originated from? Now is the best time to know.
The initial batch of Nerds was produced in 1983, thanks to a man named Angelo Fraggos. The refreshing and bold move in breaking down candies this small was one of the greatest advantages of Nerds in its starting years. It has been picked up wildly by kids and adults alike. When it was put on the shelf, the candy industry of the 1980s boomed with competition.
Nerds found a way for it to become a household name for children at that time, attracting a plethora of fans to the way the flavors burst inside your mouth. It is no wonder why two years after it first production, Nerds was awarded ‘Candy of the Year’ by the illustrious National Candy Wholesalers Association.
Nerds is technically an American candy and it stretched its influence worldwide. Nerds innovated into being sold in boxes with two compartments, with each slot containing a different flavor for optimum enjoyment. Many have speculated on how Nerds are made, but the company revealed that it’s simply sugar rocks covered with more layers of flavored-sugar.
The core sugar crystal is treated with multiple other coats of sugar, making the indefinite shape the candy known for. Colors stored in barrels are then applied, and each barrel would contain a flavor distinct to what the company wants to apply
Despite Nerds’ success, competition has been rampant over the years. Some other companies have released similar versions of Nerds, namely Candy Buttons and Pop Rocks. Dweebs, considered to be akin to Nerds, have also been manufactured which aim to please those patrons who wanted to remove the sour and tangy flavors of the conventional Nerds.
Over the years, there has been a mix of flavors released by the company, including Wild Cherry, Watermelon, Grape, Strawberry, Peach, Raspberry and Wild Cherry.
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