I’ve often mentioned that Frankenberry is my favorite of the General Mills monster cereals, but I was happy to find out this year that GM was bringing back two long forgotten other flavors, Fruity Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute. It took me a while to find both in stores (I just found Frute Brute this week) but I figured I might as well throw up a review of these cereals, since not everyone has had the chance to try them. I just recently learned that in the UK, they don’t have any of the monster cereals!
Fruity Yummy Mummy was introduced at the tail end of the 1980’s with a bizarre commercial that had the Mummy doing some mambo drumming. He had a voice that sounded a bit like Wolfman Jack, but the cereal never appealed much to me. In fact, I saw the Fruity one as an enemy. Some new creation trying to crowd in on my favorites.
But it’s a bit of a welcome addition back to the breakfast table this year. For starters, it tastes surprisingly good. While it isn’t overly flavorful, there’s just enough hint of citrus that you keep going back for more. My GF, who rarely likes these sugary cereals, found herself grabbing a few bits of the Mummy’s goodness from time to time. I don’t know if it’s a great flavor to add to milk, but eating it plain (as I often do with cereal) is quite good.
Inside is a menagerie of orange and yellow ghosts, as well as ghosts that seem to have been mixed between the two. This doesn’t appear to be intentional and is just a case of the colors rubbing off, but it happens regularly enough that you almost get three distinct shades of ghosts.
You also get an assortment of “vanilla” flavored marshmallow blobs. I assume these are mummy heads, but truth be told they seriously lack much a design shape. They definitely don’t have as good a shape as Frankenberry usually has.
Oddly enough, that works okay with this cereal. The Fruity Yummy Mummy isn’t a taste that really screams for marshmallows. Let’s be honest, the best part about Lucky Charms is the marshmallows, but here, they’re a welcome addition but not the star. They’re just another piece of the otherwise colorful puzzle.
The back of the box also has a little comic about how the other two monsters have made their return. If you’re a fan of these types of cereals, I definitely think Fruity Yummy Mummy is worth a shot. Even though I didn’t care for him when he originally came out, I definitely enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Hopefully sales are strong enough that General Mills keeps bringing them out during the Halloween season.