The return of Monster Cereals (Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry) each holiday season is greatly celebrated in our neck of the Internet, especially this year since Target Canada supplied Count Chocula and Franken Berry to Canada.
General Mills upped their game with Count Chocula Treats bars and Boo Berry and Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups in the U.S. and luckily for this little Canadian, the other half of this website lives in the U.S. and forked over some of these goodies during our last legitimate business meeting.
I realize these may be old news to you– through some Internet digging I found that the Fruit Roll-Ups made an appearance in 2010 and the Count Chocula bars seemed to have popped up in 2012, but you know what? They’re new to me, dammit.
The box art on the Fruit Roll-Ups match the U.S. Monster Cereal box art for 2014. The Count Chocula Treats, however, match the 2014 Canadian box art, which is also the 2013 U.S. box art. Are you still with me?
The treats are individually wrapped, as are the Roll-Ups, making them all perfect to pack in my lunch for my office job because I don’t quite think my co-workers find me weird enough already.
So, what does it taste like? Eerily similar to the Count Chocula cereal if you ate it in a bowl of chocolate chips instead of milk.
Next up for breakfast are the Franken Berry Fruit Roll-Ups Strawberry Scream. I can really appreciate this dude’s manicure. Nail art is serious business.
The Fruit Roll-Ups come with 12 rolls, instead of 6 bars like the previous snack, happily giving consumers more bang for their buck.
While there’s no cut-out shapes on these (do Fruit Roll-Ups still do that?) there are some great looking prints on the sheet of pretend fruit. The flavor is as you’d expect– like strawberry candy. Delicious, but definitely not nutritious.
Finally, we have Boo Berry Fruit Roll-Ups Razzle Boo Blitz. Boo Berry looks like Casper’s creepy uncle, the one whose lap you do not want to sit on.
I enjoy how these are naturally flavored with the natural blue raspberry that occurs in nature naturally.
Like Franken Berry, Boo Berry doesn’t get those cut-outs, but he does have his face printed onto the Roll-Up. That’s gotta count for something. I really thought these would have more of a blue raspberry flavor. They do, and it’s tangy, but it’s not that standard blue raspberry flavor you find in an Icee or Bonkers. Still mighty tasty.
When I was in grade school, the “cool” thing to do with Fruit Roll-Ups was wrap them around your finger, and then suck on them. I thought about doing a photo of this to re-live my grade school days, but then realized that’s fucking disgusting.
Instead, I rolled them up together. A culinary delight– these were even better eaten together. And I think I just got my fruit quota for the day. Probably not.