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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Classic Hokey Halloween Horror: Franken Berry Cereal
While Boo Berry has always been my favorite of the monster cereals, I've got to say that I think I've been converted to a Franken Berry fan. Don't get me wrong, Boo Berry himself is still the coolest of the big three monsters, but Franken Berry's artificial strawberry flavor just rocks my world. I particularly love drinking the strawberry milk afterwards as well. I'm getting ahead of myself, though. Let's start with some history: Franken Berry was one of the original two Monster cereals released by General Mills in October 1971 (the other was Count Chocula). It was a mainstay of the breakfast cereal aisle until 2010 when the product became available only seasonally, which is a darn shame if you ask me. Now that all five monster cereals are available this fall you can not only pick up Franken Berry but you also have the choice of either the classic box art (as seen on the left and available exclusively at Target) and the modern box art on the right. Ready to read more about Franken Berry then you ever wanted to know? Then join me after the break...
Sir Mix-a-Lot dancing on Franken Berry's head. Yup, that's an image that will never leave you. Muahahaha!!!
Here's the newer box and I think it's an improvement. I like the shape of the head better. There's still a lot of pink but it just flows better. The nose looks better, too. Honestly, if General Mills is ever going to make a monster movie, they need to jump in and do it now so they can make sure to get Danny Devito to play Franken Berry. Wouldn't he be perfect?
The flavor is just amazing. It's nice and sweet with a hint of artificial strawberry (one of my favorite artificial flavors behind artificial watermelon, artificial blue raspberry, and imitation crab meat. There's a good mixture of marshmallows to supplement the crunch of the cereal. Unlike some breakfast cereals (like Lucky Charms) you won't find yourself picking out just the marshmallows and leaving the cereal bits- the cereal speaks for itself and stands alone.
A + for you, Franken Berry. You may look like you belong on the cover of an eight year old girl's diary, but you make a darn fine breakfast cereal.