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The monster cereals are a line of breakfast cereals produced by General Mills Corporation in North America. The line was introduced in 1971, and at various times has included five brands, each featuring a cartoon version of a classic movie monster: Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry (all still produced seasonally), and Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy[4] (both discontinued, except for limited productions).

Count Chocula
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A box of Count Chocula breakfast cereal
Chocolate-flavored corn
cereal bits and marshmallows
MascotCartoon vampire;
The name is a pun
on the vampire
Count Dracula
Voiced by Larry Kenney impersonating Bela Lugosi
Introduced1971
AvailabilityStill in production seasonally
TaglineI want to eat your cereal!
(1971–2010)
Notes[1]
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Bowl of Count Chocula
Franken Berry
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A box of Franken Berry breakfast cereal
Strawberry-flavored corn
cereal bits and marshmallows
MascotCartoon variant of Frankenstein's monster
Voiced by Bob McFadden impersonating Boris Karloff
Introduced1971
AvailabilityStill in production seasonally
Notes[2]
Boo Berry
Boo-Berry-Box-Small.jpg
A box of Boo Berry breakfast cereal
Blueberry-flavored corn
cereal bits and marshmallows
MascotBlue cartoon ghost
Voiced by Paul Frees impersonating Peter Lorre
Introduced1973
AvailabilityStill in production seasonally
Fruit Brute
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A box of Fruit Brute breakfast cereal
Frosted fruit-flavored cereal
with lime-flavored marshmallows;
Relaunch: Frosted cherry-flavored cereal
with marshmallows
MascotCartoon werewolf
Introduced1974
AvailabilityDiscontinued (1982);
Relaunch (2013);
Discontinued (2014)
TaglineThe Howling Good Taste of Frute
Notes[3]
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Fruit Brute cereal
Fruity Yummy Mummy
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A box of Fruity Yummy Mummy breakfast cereal
Frosted fruit-flavored cereal
with vanilla-flavored marshmallows
Relaunch: Frosted orange-cream flavored cereal with marshmallows
MascotCartoon mummy
Introduced1987
AvailabilityDiscontinued (1992);
Relaunch (2013);
Discontinued (2014)
TaglineFruity Yummy Mummy
makes your tummy
go yummy!
Heh, heh, heh!
(1988–1990)

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HistoryEdit

In March 1971, the first two cereals in the line were introduced, the chocolate-flavored Count Chocula and the strawberry-flavored Franken Berry. In the commercials, the two monsters, Count Alfred Chocula and Franken Berry, would engage in comic bickering over which cereal was better, when something or someone else interfered in their verbal sparring and scared them out of their wits.

In February 1972, Franken Berry cereal included an indigestible pigment that turned some children's feces pink, a symptom sometimes referred to as "Franken Berry Stool".[5][6][7]

Boo Berry, reputedly the first blueberry-flavored cereal,[8] was released in December 1973, and Fruit Brute in 1974. Fruit Brute was discontinued by 1982 and replaced in 1987 by Fruity Yummy Mummy, which was discontinued in 1992.[9]

In 2010, Betty Crocker released Franken Berry and Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups.[10][permanent dead link] General Mills released Count Chocula cereal bars.[citation needed]

Since 2010, Franken Berry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula cereals have been manufactured and sold only for a few months during the autumn/Halloween season in September and October.[citation needed] As of late 2010, information such as nutrition data and historical factoids can still be found on the official General Mills website at all times of the year.[8]

In August 2013, General Mills released all five monster cereals for purchase during the Halloween season. Both Fruit Brute, which was being released for the first time in 31 years, and Fruity Yummy Mummy, which was being released for the first time in 21 years, received updated packaging like the other cereals. Additionally, it was revealed on I-Mockery that special retro edition boxes of all five cereals with their original packaging art would be sold exclusively at Target stores.[11]

In 2014, General Mills enlisted the help of DC Comics to create new designs for the cereals in time for that Halloween. The designs, revealed on August 6, consisted of a Boo Berry design by Jim Lee, a Count Chocula design by Terry Dodson and a Franken Berry design by Dave Johnson.[12]

PrizesEdit

During the initial decade of production until the early 1980s, the monster cereals were also known for their wide variety of both in-pack and mail-away cereal premiums. Many items, such as posters, paint sets, speedster cars, parachutes, and even vinyl advertising figures were produced.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TV ACRES: Advertising Mascots - Count Chocula". Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  2. ^ "TV ACRES: Advertising Mascots - Frankenberry". Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  3. ^ "TV ACRES: Advertising Mascots - Fruit Brute". Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ Ettinger, Jared. "General Mills Resurrecting Fruit Brute, Yummy Mummy This Halloween".
  5. ^ Payne, J. V. (1972). "Benign red pigmentation of stool resulting from food coloring in a new breakfast cereal (the Franken Berry stool)". Pediatrics. 49 (2): 293–294.
  6. ^ Gilbert-Barness, Enid; Debich-Spicer, Diane E. (2005). Handbook of pediatric autopsy pathology. Humana Press. p. 288. ISBN 978-1-59259-673-7. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Niemietz, Brian (October 31, 2009). "It's berry scary". New York Post. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Monsters". General Mills. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Morioka, Lynne (August 20, 2013). "The return of two General Mills monsters". Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Franken and Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups!". X-Entertainment.com. October 8, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Barr, Roger (December 19, 2013). "Fruit Brute And Fruity Yummy Mummy Are Back! Plus, All Five Monster Cereals Are Getting Retro Packaging!". I-Mockery. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  12. ^ Sunu, Steve (August 6, 2014). "Jim Lee, Dave Johnson, Terry & Rachel Dodson Redesign General Mills' Monster Cereals". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  13. ^ Jones, Jonathon (2016-10-15). Monster Cereal Box Premiums - The 1970’s: A Groovy Decade of Crunchy-Sweet Fun (2 ed.). Jonathon Jones.

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