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Nerds From: Ralston
Introduced in 1985

In the mid 80's, Nerds Cereal asked us, "Which side are you gonna eat first?" The cereal box was divided into two separate compartments - each containing its own flavor of Nerds Cereal. Two dual varieties were offered: orange/cherry and strawberry/grape. It was described by Ralston as being a "tiny tangy crunchy sweetened cereal".

The cereal's premiums included small boxes of Nerds candy in the box and a send-away offer for a "Two-Sided Nerds Bowl" with a "Nerd Gate" - as seen in a commercial the "Nerd Gate" lifted to allow milk on one side of the bowl to flow into cereal on the other side.

There were reports that eating Nerds Cereal would produce a bright red-orange stool - an alarming, if hardly life-threatening, health condition.

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Nerds Candy was introduced by Nestle's Will Wonka division in in 1983. Still available today, the candy most often comes packed in a double-sided box featuring a different flavor on each side - which explains the dual nature of Nerds Cereal. The vibrantly colored candy pieces come in in rounded non-distinct shapes that look vaguely like tiny popcorn pieces crossed with small teeth.

The nerd characters featured on the candy and the discontinued cereal resemble the candy pieces, in as much as they are small, colorful, occasionally bulbous and strange. The distinctive personality trait of the characters appears to be indecisiveness - as they have a hard time choosing which side of Nerds Cereal they should eat first.

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Title: 1985 Adopt-A-Nerds Promo

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Title: Nerds Cereal Nerd Gate Bowl

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Title: Nerds Box w/ Nerd Flyer & Nerd Pins

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Uploaded: 11/29/2010

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Title: Nerds Box w/ Nerds Candy & Nerds Mug

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Title: Nerds Grabber and Markers

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Uploaded: 11/1/2010

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Title: Nerds Cereal Box

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Uploaded: 1/28/2009

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Uploaded: 3/13/2008

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Comments About This Cereal
What do you think of Nerds?

Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

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By lisamay

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Please, please, please bring back Nerds cereal! This was my FAVORITE as a kid. I think about it all the time!

Comment submitted: 3/20/2014 (#16418)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy kibbles (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Please bring back Nerds! I loved them so much. I miss them. It was a very good cereal!

Comment submitted: 3/17/2014 (#16390)

By CoCo Snix

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I think about this cereal everyday of my life. NERDS come back! So what if my stool turns reddish orange? Just one... more... box...

Comment submitted: 2/9/2014 (#15990)

By Mr. Yum Yum

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Bring them back. My all-time favorite!

Comment submitted: 12/28/2013 (#15597)

By Peeps

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Childhood favorite - please bring it back. I would buy that cereal and only Nerds cereal. I would eat a lot of this cereal... at lease a box a day.

Comment submitted: 11/3/2013 (#15249)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy solstice (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Cereal will never be as fun as when Ralston was a major manufacturer. They led the way in whimsy! I loved Nerds and I also loved Freakies.

Comment submitted: 10/17/2013 (#15155)

By Josh R.

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

The best cereal ever. I will never forget eating this every morning when I was a kid. I always look on the shelves at the grocery store praying one day I will see it again.

Comment submitted: 7/7/2013 (#12689)

By BossLady5

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I've been hoping to find this cereal. I need them in my life. I think that y'all should bring it back and let those who want them special order or something. I guarantee that you would be very happy with your sales. PLEASE bring back for old time's sake. Lol! Fat girl moment.

Comment submitted: 6/25/2013 (#12532)

By mca

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

If the McRib keeps coming back, maybe Nerds cereal should do the same!!

Comment submitted: 2/15/2013 (#10827)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy DrJackstraw (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

There was nothing like this cereal before it came out - the texture, the flavor, the whole thing - and there's been nothing like it since. Like most other awesome cereals, it didn't get the long life it deserved.

Comment submitted: 2/8/2013 (#10673)

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