Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Sweet Return

Over the weekend, the internet was set on fire by rumors of the return of Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy, the long lost companions to Count Chocula, Franken Berry and Boo Berry.

The rumors are officially over, because it is now a fact.

Just look at that. It's a glorious, glorious thing. It's fun to note that they kept the full name of Fruity Yummy Mummy and changed Fruit Brute to Frute Brute. I like it.

I have been a fan of the Monster Cereals since I was about 10. I had never had the cereal, but (to my recollection 13 years later) I discovered them when I went to a comic book store and bought the Funko Wacky Wobblers of Count Chocula and Franken Berry.

Since then, it's been an obsession. I seek them out every Halloween and buy in bulk as it tends to last almost a year. But this year, it will be even worse. As, in addition to General Mills bringing back these guys, they are also exclusively releasing retro packaging at Target (As they have done recently with other GM cereals).

This is shaping up to be the best Halloween ever! But wait...is there more?

According to an article posted over on FearNet by Freddy in Space blogger, John Squires, he discovered that these two are being tested as year-round cereals. That is extremely interesting, but odd as the other three will remain seasonals. Talk about benching your star player (Count Chocula, who was the last of the Monster Cereals to go seasonal).

There is, however, something I am curious about.

Fruit Brute was the first of the two cereals and Yummy Mummy was a retooling of the same exact cereal just with a slightly different flavor. Some other art for these boxes have indicated to me that this will not be the case.
As it states on the boxes (and on the vintage ones above) the flavor of Fruit Brute will be cherry and the flavor of Yummy Mummy will be orange cream. I'm not sure if that is what they originally tasted like or if it's just a way to market them both as two different cereals, an idea I am very much behind.

I am incredibly excited, as it everyone else on the internet who knows or cares about vintage cereal. I can't wait to find these in stores! It seems these two are already out there, while Count Chocula, Franken Berry and Boo Berry will be along within the next couple weeks.

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