Turn this fan favorite Halloween cereal into a treat with this recipe for Count Chocula Cereal Clusters!
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Over the years, the sugary kids’ cereals have been replaced in my cupboard with healthier options, but I still have fond memories of the Count and his other cereal monster friends. So when I found out that General Mills was relaunching all 5 monster cereals this year, I was pretty darned excited.
I have to say that the new design of Count Chocula is a bit…well, disturbing. The original Count Chocula was awesome! He even made appearances on Saturday morning cartoons. (Talk about genius product placement.) But the Count Chocula for the new millennium is just downright creepy. And not creepy in the spooky, Halloween creepy kind of way. My friend Molly pointed out that the new Count has some sort of a bucktooth rather than fangs. Take a look at the boxes below…which one do you prefer? (Can I also point out that the retro box came with Count Chocula bike spinners. Ummm…AWESOME!!)
All talk of packaging aside, I was still excited to grab a box of Count Chocula when it showed up in the market this year. That’s when the thought hit me. I should make a dessert using Count Chocula cereal. It’s already loaded with marshmallows and delicious chocolate flavor, so I added some pretzel sticks and enough melted white chocolate to hold it all together. That’s it. Count Chocula Clusters!
My wife also has fond memories of this cereal from the 80’s, and she quickly claimed the leftover clusters for dessert. These clusters are incredibly easy to make…so they would be perfect for a neighborhood Halloween party with the kids. But be careful, if the adults remember Count Chocula cereal, then you might need to make a double batch!
I also picked up a box of Boo Berry along with the Count Chocula and made a batch of these clusters with Boo Berry cereal. While I prefer the chocolately goodness of Count Chocula, the berry version is still pretty darned tasty, too!
Count Chocula Clusters
- 10 ounces white chocolate or candy quick
- 1½ cups Count Chocula or Boo Berry cereal
- ¾ cup pretzel sticks broken into smaller pieces
- Using a double-boiler or a microwave, melt the white chocolate until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, combine the melted chocolate, cereal, and pretzels. Still until combined. Place mounds approximately 2-3 Tbsp in size on a parchment-lined sheet pan and let dry for 2 hours.
- Store leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.