With the monster-nostalgia craze still going into the early ’70s, it was inevitable that cereal makers would want to get in on the action. General Mills came out with two monster-themed cereals in ’71: Count Chocula and Franken Berry. Boo Berry didn’t come along until 1973 and Fruit Brute followed in ’74. Fruit Brute was cancelled in ’83 and replaced with the short-lived Yummy Mummy. Unfortunately, most stores only order them around Halloween, but the scarcity has made them even more popular and a vital part of a lot of Halloween seasons.
With his accent and turned up collar, Chocula is heavily inspired by Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. I actually prefer to eat Franken Berry and Boo Berry – just because chocolate cereal is so easy to get the rest of the year – but it’s not Halloween until we’ve polished off a box of the Count’s flavor too.