Monday, October 08, 2012
31 Days of Dracula | Count Chocula (1971)
With the monster-nostalgia craze still going into the early '70s, it was inevitable that cereal makers would want to get in on the action. General Mills came out with two monster-themed cereals in '71: Count Chocula and Franken Berry. Boo Berry didn't come along until 1973 and Fruit Brute followed in '74. Fruit Brute was cancelled in '83 and replaced with the short-lived Yummy Mummy. Unfortunately, most stores only order them around Halloween, but the scarcity has made them even more popular and a vital part of a lot of Halloween seasons.
With his accent and turned up collar, Chocula is heavily inspired by Bela Lugosi's Dracula. I actually prefer to eat Franken Berry and Boo Berry - just because chocolate cereal is so easy to get the rest of the year - but it's not Halloween until we've polished off a box of the Count's flavor too.
It's fun to think about what's coming out and which movies I'm most interested in, then compare that at the end of the year to w...