Spooky Monster Cereals Return to Shelves for Halloween


Lance Cross, Staff Writer

Halloween is right around the corner, so General Mills is selling its 2019 monster cereals. The three main mascots Boo Berry, Count Chocula, and Franken Berry have all returned to the covers of their self-titled cereal each with a new design. Each of these cereals has its own unique flavor (blueberry, chocolate, and strawberries in respective order) with marshmallows. These were not the original mascots though, and multiple cereals have been added and discontinued.

The series started in March 1971 with Count Chocula and Franken Berry as the two mascots. They could be seen in commercials arguing over cereal. Boo Berry joined the cast in 1973 where it became a permanent member. Boo Berry was touted as the first blueberry cereal. 

The next year, the werewolf Fruit Brute was introduced, and his cereal was fruit flavored with marshmallows. This cereal was discontinued in 1982, and in 1987, the new character Yummy Mummy was introduced. This cereal was also fruit flavored with vanilla marshmallows. This new character was also scrapped in 1992.

In more recent years, these cereals began to be sold only seasonally around Halloween. In 2013, the two scrapped cereals (Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy) were brought back for a limited time. This time Yummy Mummy had a new orange cream flavor. Both of these cereals once again disappeared and are no longer sold.

Around Halloween time it is still possible to buy the three main flavors. These cereals incite nostalgia and debate over which flavor is the best. In the Accolade’s opinion, Boo Berry is the best flavor because chocolate and strawberry cereals are nothing out of the ordinary or special. We urge each reader to try these spooky cereals and decide for yourself the best flavor.