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Monster-cereals

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The Monster Cereals are a line of breakfast cereals by General Mills, with each one being based off a different monster, specifically the classic Universal monsters. These seasonal cereals have been around for decades, though there were five at one point, there are now just three cereals, each with ghost shaped, moon shaped, and/or bat shaped marshmallows.

History

Count Chocula and Franken Berry were the original monster cereals, and were introduced to the public in 1971. The monsters/mascots on the cover were based on Count Dracula and Frankenstein's monster, (and whose respective voice actors were impersonating Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff), respectively. The marshmallows in the cereals back then were nothing like the marshmallows in them today, as they were just regular, miniature marshmallows that were colored to match the cereal flavor, and they were also called sweeties instead of marshmallows. The tagline for Count Chocula is "I want to eat your cereal!". In 1973, Boo Berry, which featured a cartoon ghost (whose voice actor was impersonating Peter Lorre) was introduced, bringing the number of cereals in the line to three. In 1974, a new monster cereal was introduced, Fruit Brute. This cereal was frosted fruit flavored with lime flavored marshmallows, and featured a cartoon werewolf as the mascot, but it was discontinued in 1982.

In 1987, another monster cereal was introduced, called Fruity Yummy Mummy. This cereal was also frosted fruit flavored, but with vanilla flavored marshmallows, and featured a cartoon mummy as the mascot, but it was discontinued in 1992. The tagline for Fruity Yummy Mummy was "Fruity Yummy Mummy makes your tummy go yummy! Heh, heh, heh!" Starting in 2010, the Monster Cereals were only released around the autumn/Halloween season. In 2013, Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy were relaunched, but with some slight flavor altercations. This time, the Fruit Brute cereal bits and marshmallows were frosted cherry flavored, and the Fruity Yummy Mummy cereal bits and marshmallows were frosted orange-cream flavored. In 2014, Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy were discontinued for good, while Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry kept going.

Cereal

  • Franken Berry: a strawberry flavored cereal with strawberry marshmallows
  • Boo Berry: a blueberry flavored cereal with blueberry marshmallows
  • Count Chocula: a chocolate flavored cereal with chocolate marshmallows
  • Fruit Brute: a frosted fruit flavored cereal with lime flavored marshmallows/frosted cherry flavored cereal with cherry marshmallows
  • Fruity Yummy Mummy: frosted fruit flavored cereal with vanilla flavored marshmallows/orange-cream flavored cereal with orange-cream marshmallows

Trivia

  • Count Chocula and Fruity Yummy Mummy were the only monster cereals to have a tagline.
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