Around Halloween, a very special thing happens. Three special monster cereals appear on supermarket shelves, only to disappear again after six weeks. Thanks to General Mills, my roommates and I got to try out these childhood classics: Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereal. Although our generation came about 20 years late to the Count Chocula party, we are well steeped in media fandom surrounding the well-loved breakfast character. We tested each cereal for deliciousness and likability of its mascot. First up: Count Chocula.
“I vant to eat your cereal!”
Count Chocula had the richest and most satisfying cocoa flavor of the bunch, and it was also the most similar to real chocolate. Although cocoa pebbles might have given it a run for its money, getting to stare into that nostalgia-filled vampire visage secured Count Chocula’s place in the top spot. You can check out the count through the years on this poorly-designed website.
“He looks, like, a suave guy.” – Betsy, my roommate
Personally, I thought the boo berry was the least compelling mascot of the three, but both my roommates found the dark circles under his eyes vaguely attractive. Go figure. Anyway, this was our least favorite cereal. Although we could detect a hint of blueberry muffins, the cereal itself didn’t actually have much flavor. It got better when paired with the marshmallows, which were sweet and sort of milky, and better than Lucky Charms.
Has strawberries for fingernails.
Franken Berry isn’t quite as famous as the other two, having debuted on the market two years later in 1973. We liked the fact that he has strawberries for fingernails, though. And he kind of looks like someone that would be in a Pixar movie. We found the cereal’s Day-glo pink color a little disarming at first, especially when I read online that the dye in the cereal used to turn children’s poop pink. The flavor, sadly, was a similar situation to Boo Berry – weak and not strawberry-like on its own, pretty good with the marshmallows.
It’s not every day you get to have a bowl of pop culture for breakfast.