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Tuesday, October 13 2015 07:05

31 Days of Halloween: General Mills Monster Cereals - Creepy Castles & Spooktacular Snacks!

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This Monster Cereals adventure has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are that of The Rock Father (James Zahn), who writes about Monster Cereals every year, regardless of whether he gets paid to or not! #SpooktacularSnacks #CollectiveBias #Ad
General Mills Monster Cereals

When it comes to deliciously-demonic munchies and sinfully-sweet snacks, there's no better time of year than Fall to get my supernatural groove on. I'm a huge fan of General Mills' Monster Cereals - so much that I've written about them every Halloween for nearly a decade, with at least six posts appearing right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. When Count Chocula®, Boo Berry® and Franken Berry® emerge from their Crypt, it's cause for celebration - a true throwback to my own childhood growing up in the late 70s/early 80s! The difference is that now I'm enjoying them with a family of my own, and my love of these cereals goes beyond breakfast. They can be used as fun snacks, and sometimes it's totally acceptable to play with your food... or just the box it came in.

Monster Cereal Discovery!
Pictured: Last year's Monster Cereal Discovery was Caught On-Camera!

My yearly first-discovery of my Monster friends usually goes something like this: I'm walking toward the seasonal department of my local Target store when I happen upon a towering endcap of General Mills Monster Cereals that emits a heavenly glow* like the inside of the briefcase in PULP FICTION. Slowly, I approach said encap and drop to my knees - my arms raised high and wide - as I worship at the Altar of Awesome in an action of respect and anticipation for the scrumptious delights that I know I will soon enjoy.

Monster Cereals 2015
Pictured: The 2015 Monster Cereals Display!

This year, Target once again has Exclusive box packaging. Each box contains pieces for a castle - a castle that you must buy all three Monsters to complete. Oh yes, and complete it, I did... I even busted out my officially-licensed-by-General Mills Monster Cereals Hot Wheels to display alongside my new castle. Check out my build in just about a minute:

Whether you enjoy your Monster Cereals for breakfast with milk or just dry - straight out of the box - there's always a new way to eat them. This Halloween Season, why not try turning some Monster Cereals into a sweet snack?

Monster Cereals Castle

THE ROCK FATHER presents COUNT CHOCULA's Decadent Vampire Fright Fuel:

Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook/Assembly: 10 minutes; Chilling Time: Overnight. Serves 8-10

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  • Four Cups of Count Chocula Cereal
  • Two Cups of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • ½ Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  • Optional: Two Tablespoons of Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Optional: Halloween Sprinkles (preferably Black & Orange)

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt your chocolate chips for 2-3 minutes, stopping to stir periodically. Don't overcook, but when the chocolate is smooth and lump-free, add oil and mix well. If you're choosing to go the Peanut Butter route, this is where you'll add the PB into the mix as well - when it's nice and hot!  Add Count Chocula into the bowl and mix until the cereal is completely coated with the mixture. 

Line a baking sheet or shape pan with non-stick aluminum foil, then cover with your chocolatey mixture. Want sprinkles? Add those now. Place in the refrigerator and chill overnight. You can either crunch it up and store it in a sealed bowl or bag, or you can cut it into bars. The choice is yours!

Monster Cereals Castle

*Glowing cereal encap is a complete fabrication from within the mind of THE ROCK FATHER. Lack of a glowing light in no way diminishes the awesome power of the General Mills Monsters.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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