Remember General Mills Count Chocula Cereal as a kid? If it’s October and getting closer to Halloween, time to check grocery stores for spooky seasonally available General Mills cereals including Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry Cereal. These General Mills brand cereals are only available at a certain time of year, around Halloween. This associated content article is my review of General Mills Count Chocula Cereal. Is it the same cereal you remember as a kid?
Review of General Mills Count Chocula Cereal : Packaging
A 10.4 oz (294) box of General Mills Count Chocula Cereal was purchased at Giant in mid October. With coupon and another cereal, the price came to $3 for 2 cereals or $1.50 a box. Packaging is a blue cardboard or paperboard box. Inside, a plastic bag filled with cereal. My curbside recycling takes boxes in addition to plastic bags and many types of plastics, although I’m not sure which number cereal bags are. Cereal bags are reusable. Cereal boxes can be reused in paperboard crafts. Package recyclability is something I consider to be important when purchasing products.
Review of General Mills Count Chocula Cereal : Contains Gelatin, Allergy Info
General Mills brand Count Chocula Cereal contains gelatin in marshmallow ingredients so is not vegetarian. The box doesn’t specify if it’s Kosher gelatin. It contains some cocoa and says “chocolatey cereal” on the box. Count Chocula Cereal ingredients include natural and artificial flavors, preservatives, and artificial colors. This cereal may contain peanut and wheat ingredients.
Review of General Mills Count Chocula Cereal : Nutrition
Without milk, it’s 110 calories for a 3/4 cup or 27g serving. This is less than a serving of Boo Berry, but with added fruit like a banana, strawberries, or blueberries any cereal can be filling. 10 calories are from fat. There’s 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0.5g polyunsaturated fat, and 0.5g monounsaturated fat.
It’s cholesterol free. There’s 160mg / 7% of sodium. There is 23g of total carbohydrate including 1g of fiber and 12g of sugar. There is 1g of protein, 10% of vitamin A, 10% of vitamin C, 10% of Calcium, 25% of Iron and 25% of vitamin B12. Percents are based on a 2000 calorie diet and are for the cereal without milk.
The first ingredient of General Mills Count Chocula is whole grain corn. The second is sugar. There are many added vitamins and minerals. Check my Count Chocula box slideshow for a view of the side of the box with nutritional information.
Review of General Mills Count Chocula Cereal : Taste
Inside the box are brown Pacman game like ghosts shapes and bats, what could be Count Chocula heads, and ghost marshmallows in shades of tan and white. The marshmallows don’t make up a large amount of the cereal. Chocolate cereal ghosts tasted similar to other chocolate flavored corn cereals like Coco Puffs. It added the color and slight flavor of chocolate milk to the vanilla almond milk.
This creatively named monster themed chocolate marshmallow cereal is eye candy along with the unusual character of a vampire with rodent teeth ‘fangs’ on the box. The cereal described in this associated content article was an interesting change for this time of year. It goes well with vanilla flavored almond or vanilla soy milk but so does plain Cheerios or Kix. I like that this cereal is whole grain but could go without gelatin marshmallows and get Coco Puffs or Cocoa Magic. Although Amazon may offer this cereal at other times of year, I prefer naturally flavored chocolate cereals like Kashi Cocoa Beach or organic Cascadian Farm’s Dark Chocolate Almond Granola chocolate cereals. This was the first time I remember trying this Halloween themed cereal. Does it still taste like what you remember as a kid?
My local curbside recycling’s list of acceptable items
General Mills monster-themed breakfast cereals on Wikipedia