I haven’t eaten Count Chocula in years…I will even go as far as to say it’s been more than 20 years since I’ve eaten the monster-themed cereal. I have always considered myself to be a cereal afficionado, an expert, a lover of sugar covered whole grained goodness. My last memory of eating the Count was back in the first house I lived in…Picture it, Miami 1982….The Gastronimist was but a wee tyke sitting in a bright red tiled kitchen flanked by formica eating a bowl of Count Chocula and enjoying every minute of it.
I’ve noticed though, that the monsters have been quite hard to find in the cereal aisle…Quite!!!! This weekend, though, while perusing the breakfast aisle, I looked down at the bottom shelf (where they keep all the best cereals–at kid’s eye level) and lo and behold who do I see? Franken Berry and Count Chocula!!! It was like an old family reunion with distant relatives! Although, let me just add, they had new box designs…something more updated, so if it were truly like an old family reunion, it would be like seeing your old Aunt Phyllis with a bad face lift.
Nevermind that….My boyfriend and I quickly became elated at the find and snatched up a couple of boxes. I chose Franken Berry and he chose the Count. Boo Berry was nowhere to be found unfortunately.
I wanted to add some of the wiki entry on the cereal, because it’s great to have useless knowledge on totally ridiculous subjects:
Monster themed cereals of the 1970′s
In 1971, the first two cereals in the line were introduced, the still-available Count ChoculaFranken Berry. Franken Berry was very popular at that time, even though the initial batches of the cereal used a dye that didn’t break down in the body, causing many children’s feces to come out bright pink, a symptom sometimes referred to as “Frankenberry Stool.” Boo Berry was released two years later, in 1973, and Fruit Brute appeared a year after that, in 1974. Fruit Brute was discontinued by 1983. General Mills tried replacing Fruit Brute in the late 1980′s with Yummy Mummy in 1988, but that too had a short shelf life when it was discontinued in 1993. Boo Berry and Franken Berry are sometimes mistakenly thought to be discontinued as well. In reality, their distribution is just much lower and more sporadic than that of the flagship cereal Count Chocula. The best time of the year to find Boo Berry and Franken Berry is around Halloween. Target and Wal-Mart are among the stores that have been known to carry these more scarce cereals during October. They can be found year-round in the Midwest at Wal-Mart Supercenters and on Amazon.com. In addition, they have been spotted year-round in some Wal-Mart Supercenters in the East. and (strawberry flavored).
Another hilarious thing I found in the wiki was this:
In a 1990 episode of Roseanne, Darlene has to take a field trip to the grocery store where Roseanne reveals that she has been filling the Franken Berry box with generic cereal, Darlene is shocked to find out the whole time she has been eating generic Franken Berry.