If you're like me, then you probably hate grocery shopping. But sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, y'know? So imagine my delight when during a recent visit to my local supermarket I discovered that a few of my favorite breakfast cereals had been brought out of retirement, just in time to help me celebrate Halloween. Yes, Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo Berry are back in action. More after the jump.
This may be common knowledge to those of you who watch a lot of cartoons on TV; but since I rarely have time these days to watch anything that isn't related to my job, it's news to me. Apparently production on the monster cereals was recently discontinued, and General Mills announced that Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo Berry (which had all but disappeared from shelves in the last few years) would be available for a limited time in the fall in order to capitalize on the Halloween season. That's fine with me. As much as I love these guys, they're a little too sweet for a grown man to eat all year long. A month of them is about all I can handle. As a kid in the '70s I wasn't usually allowed to eat sugar cereals, and now I realize why: you can practically feel your teeth disintegrate when you down a bowl of these things. That's not to say they aren't delicious, of course.
Revisiting the monster brands now after many years, I found Count Chocula remains the best of them, satisfying the same cravings that used to make me go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs and willing to do anything for Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles. Like those other cereals, the good Count leaves you with a delicious bowl of chocolate milk to lap up.
The real surprise is Boo Berry. I was expecting Frankenberry would be second favorite of the monster cereals, but I found it to be a little lacking in strawberry flavor, and tasting just a little bit too artificial. Boo Berry, on the other hand, packed all the flavor I wanted. Just opening the box and inhaling the scent of those little blue ghosts was like diving into a giant blueberry Pop-Tart. And the taste of the actual cereal was pretty satisfying as well. The only advantage Frankenberry has over it is in the milk department. But maybe I'm just not used to drinking something blueberry-flavored...
Since I'm always looking for new things to get me into the Halloween spirit, I've been eating a bowl of the monsters every other morning (which will no doubt make my dentist very happy). I'm not sure what the standard retail price of these cereals is. But I saw them on sale for $2.99 a box at an Albertson's supermarket near my home in Santa Barbara, and wound up buying one of each for $2.50 at my local Vons. But hey, General Mills, if you're reading this, please know that I will happily pay full price if you bring back Fruit Brute or Yummy Mummy.