Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Franken Berry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula taste test

Halloween is here and with it comes special Halloweentime cereal. These Monster cereals originally came out around 1971, and have appeared seasonally ever since.

Missing are two characters, the Fruit Brute and the Fruity Yummy Mummy, which have been discontinued.

Lucky for us, Sam's Club was selling them in a 3-pack with all the flavors for $6.

Nothing too special about the back of the box. It's the same design for all packages. And there's a tie-in this year with the new animated The Addams Family movie.

We got the gang together and tried all three cereals. Both with milk and without.

First up, Franken Berry. This is supposed to be strawberry flavored, but in reality it's a very subtle flavor.

Next is Boo Berry. Supposedly the very first blueberry flavored on the market back in 1973. There was a lot more berry flavor going on here than in the strawberry cereal.

Breaking from the fruit theme and lastly it's Count Chocula. For some reason Alli repeatedly calls his Count Binocula. No idea where that's coming from. As far as flavor goes, this is the strongest of the bunch with a great chocolatey flavor.

The shape of the cereal is the same across all 3. They look like Pac-Man ghosts.
For marshmallows, Count Chocula has stripey brown and white marshmallows. Tasting them by themselves, they don't have any chocolate flavor to them that I could tell. Just the regular freeze-dried  vanilla marshmallows.
The marshmallows in Boo Berry and Franken Berry are a different story. There's 4 different colors and they all have a strong berry flavor to them. Stronger even than the cereal itself.

What's the winner? Here's what each of those bowls looks like after everyone has had a chance to each from them.

It was unanimous for our group. Everyone thought Count Chocula was the best. Second place was a toss-up. Some liked Frankenberry, some Boo Berry. But clearly Count Chocula was the favorite.

And just for fun, here's a whole bunch of the original commercials from the 70s, through today. 


  1. BIG smile seeing some of those commercials...didn't remember so many variations of them...thanks! Count Chocula has my vote, too...always preferred chocolate flavor over fruit flavors when it comes to cereals (and most other sweets!) :-) EOM

    1. I was surprised when I started sharing these around my work. The people in their 30s and older were like "oh yeah! I remember that!" And the people in their 20s and younger were "what's that? I've never heard of it before."
      I had no idea they made so many commercials for it.

  2. Thanks for doing this! I remember these cereals as a kid in the '70s but never had 'em (my family was stuck on Frosted Flakes and Sugar Smacks). Target's been bringing back the retro packaging for the past few Halloween seasons, but I wasn't sure what I'd like. I figured Count Chocula would be the best bet as I love chocolate, but I was curious about the fruit flavors too. I'm gonna go for the Count though, lol. Have a Happy Halloween!

    1. I've even see that they have brought back the Frute Brute this year! I'll have to check it out!

  3. They dont look edible, do not even resemble food