In 1971, General Mills released two Halloween cereals: Count Chocula and Franken Berry. The former was a chocolate cereal and the later was strawberry flavored. These two cereals are still popular today and have an almost cult following as far as cereals go, largely because you can almost only find them around Halloween (I hear some stores stock them year round) and need to wait around the rest of the year if you’re a fan! As a kid, I would munch on these cereals dry as a snack, enjoying the sweet cereal pieces and marshmallow bits that were mixed in. When I saw a display featuring these cereals, I decided to relive a bit of the past – and get in the Halloween spirit – by picking up a box of Franken Berry.
The cereal is just as I remembered. It is vivid red with bat and ghost marshmallows throughout. It’s sweet, but not over the top, and has a good, if artificial, strawberry flavor. I almost poured a bowl for breakfast, but decided that a brightly colored cereal bar would be a more fun use for it.
These are basically Rice Krispy Treats made with Franken Berries. They’re strawberry flavored and have a great red color to them. And while I can’t say that I’d eat them every day, they’re fun to make, tasty and are a big hit with kids (especially the ones around here!).
Â Frankenberry Cereal Bars
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 10-oz package marshmallows
1 box (7 cups) Franken Berry Cereal
Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Toss marshmallows with melted butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds, until marshmallows have melted. Stir the marshmallow mixture, then add in the cereal. Stir with a large spatula until everything is evenly combined.
Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Allow bars to cool to room temperature before slicing.
Makes about 16 cereal bars.
KatrinaOctober 18, 2009
It seems like I see them around here year round. I’d have to go for the Count Chocula ones, but fun idea and wow, those ARE red!
MaxOctober 18, 2009
You forgot about Boo Berry. 🙂
sevenmarieOctober 18, 2009
yeah, i am TOTALLY MAKING THOSE! awesome!
heatherOctober 18, 2009
Don’t forget Boo-Berry…the blueberry version…YUM!
TeriOctober 18, 2009
Yea Heather – I was just about to post the same comment! 🙂
MollyCookieOctober 18, 2009
I’m not sure I knew they still made Frankenberry cereal. That’s pretty cool! Those look so fun.
Anne-MarieOctober 18, 2009
Oh my goodness, this is such a fun idea! I love how you’ve taken a rice krispie treat and updated it for the really-fake-artificial-loving kid in us all. I wonder how it would taste with the chocolate cereals? What is that called, ‘Count Chocula’ or something?
CheckoOctober 19, 2009
Wow this is so cool..best for the party..thank you for post..
KimOctober 19, 2009
I normally HATE kids cereals, but those look so fun that I might just have to see if they have a box at the grocery next payday!
ErinOctober 21, 2009
Absolutely adorable! I loved this stuff when I was a kid. I liked to alternate it with Boo-Berry 😉
KathrynOctober 24, 2009
I made these and they are delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.
BethieofVAOctober 24, 2009
They are so pretty. I loved Count Chocula myself. I might have to give this a try. Happy Halloween!
GavinOctober 25, 2009
I never had this as a kid. I just finished making these bars though, they look delicious! We are going to cut them up right after lunch. Thank you for the fun idea.
BethieofVAOctober 27, 2009
Just made these with BooBerry, don’t think they are going to be as pretty as yours. They sure are white from all the marshmallows.
cooking gamesApril 30, 2010
I am very like sweets of fond. it should only use real strawberries.