Wow. It's been almost 40 years since General Mills introduced the monster cereals Count Chocula and FrankenBerry. In fact, it will be 40 years next year in 2011.
The first two cereals proved popular enough to spawn several follow-up/sequel cereals, including:
Fruit Brute -
and Yummy Mummy -
The popularity of these cereals waxed and waned over the years but General Mills continues to produce the 'Big 3' monster cereals (Count Chocula, FrankenBerry, and BooBerry) every year around Halloween. The Big 3 are available year-round at Amazon, though, so you don't have to worry about a monster cereal shortage anytime soon. Fruit Brute was discontinued in the early 1980's only to be replaced by Yummy Mummy which was unraveled at some point in the early 1990's.
Not to wax too nostalgic, but I have particularly fond memories of these cereals from my childhood. Especially Fruit Brute, which was my favorite. Occasionally the discontinued creatures feature into monster-cereal-themed merchandise, like these bobbleheads from a couple of years ago.
I really, really hope General Mills has enough respect for an all-time great cereal line to do something uniquely special for their anniversary next year. Like, maybe, re-release Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy? Please, please, please!?!
Link: It hasn't been updated in awhile, but here is a neat monster cereal blog. Enjoy!