Count Chocula is a beloved cereal dating all the way back to the 1970s, when sugary sweet cereals for kids were all the rage! A vampire as a mascot for a cereal may seem like an odd choice, but the Count was in good company, as he was also joined by a ghost, a werewolf, and a Frankenstein’s monster as cereal mascots.
If you’re looking for some dessert inspiration for your next Halloween party, why not turn to the Count? Not only are these snacks bursting with nostalgia, but flavor too! From cupcakes to brownies, and pies to ice cream we’ve found the best Count Chocula inspired sweet treats out there.
There is nothing not to love about these Count Chocula cupcakes. They’re moist and deliciously chocolatey! Plus, making them couldn’t be easier. All you need is your trusty box of Count Chocula, a Betty Crocker cake mix and frosting, and the icing of your choice.
Based on the famous Rice Krispie treats, Count Chocula is the perfect cereal to turn into this kind of treat, as it’s as sweet as any dessert! Plus, the ghost-like shape of the cereal makes it ideal for a Halloween party buffet table.
Just like normal Rice Krispie treats, these Count Chocula treats are best enjoyed on the day you make them. As Count Chocula pieces are larger than Rice Krispies, they are more exposed to the air which means that after the first day they become chewier – but no less delicious!
Another sweet snack based on Rice Krispies, these Count Chocula Marshmallow Treats have a bit of an edge over other cereal based treats. That edge? Nutty, delicious browned butter!
When you brown butter you achieve a nutty, toffee flavor that is both subtle and beautiful. It can really elevate sweet desserts that don’t have a lot of dimension… like Count Chocula Marshmallow Treats!
These marshmallow treats also have their fair share of salt and vanilla, and to really showcase the chocolate flavor, chunks of Hershey’s chocolate bars are also added. And for extra garnish, shaved and grated chocolate is sprinkled on top.
This is a super tasty dessert that’s sure to be the talk of your Halloween party guests, and it is a fun snack to make with any leftover Halloween candy!
To make these fun Count Chocula Pudding Shots you need a few simple ingredients: chocolate milkshake pudding, chocolate rum cream, cool whip, and – of course – Count Chocula cereal milk. While these pudding shots are based around a favorite childhood cereal, this is definitely not for the kids!
You may have never heard of the latter ingredient, but Count Chocula cereal milk is basically milk that has had Count Chocula steeping in it. This can be quite time-consuming, and after the steeping is over you will need to give the milk time to chill. But these pudding shots are so delicious that it’s worth it!
This recipe calls for Tippy Cow Rum Cream, but if you’re unable to get your hands on this you can swap it out for unflavored rum or vodka.
What’s better than a bowl of Count Chocula? Count Chocula in a creamy, chocolate pie form. This recipe is for the cream pie purists, not for those who think chocolate pudding in a pie is a cream pie. We’re sorry to tell you that chocolate pudding filling does not a cream pie make!
No, this cream pie uses pastry cream with a cream base that has been infused with Count Chocula cereal and is then mixed with a chocolate ganache.
This Count Chocula snack combines two of our favorite sweet treats – brownies and marshmallows! What’s not to love? As if this sweet treat couldn’t get any better, it’s also relatively low in calories!
These Count Chocula Peanut Butter Bars are the ideal snack to serve at a Halloween party. Why, you may ask? Well, because they can serve 32 people and can be ready in 20 minutes! Giving you time to focus on other important tasks, like getting your costume ready!
If you’re looking to make a sweet, refreshing treat for your kids when they come home from trick or treating, why not serve them this Count Chocula milkshake? But the grown-ups can have fun with this drink too! You can add a couple of shots of Godiva Chocolate Liquor to make it boozier.
This recipe is a pretty traditional brownie, with all the ingredients you’d expect, such as butter, chocolate chips, eggs, sugar, and baking soda, but it also has the spooky addition of Count Chocula!
Many cookie recipes that involve incorporating candy, snacks, or indeed cereal like Count Chocula usually call for adding these additions to the cookies after they’ve been taken out of the oven before they’ve cooled completely.
This is so the candy can solidify and not melt or dissolve too much in the cookies, and this is the case with these unique, delicious White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Chocula Cookies.
The pumpkin element of these cookies make them perfect for Halloween, and white chocolate actually pairs nicely with pumpkin. This recipe also calls for pudding mix, which makes for chewier cookies that don’t crumble as soon as you bite into them. Butterscotch or lemon pudding pairs extremely well with white chocolate chips!
You might be wondering why these cookies are called Vampire Killer Cookies. Well, it’s because they have garlic in them. Yeah, you read that right. Garlic in cookies! This shouldn’t work, right? But it totally does!
Roasted garlic actually gives off somewhat of a sweet flavor, and infuses well with the fats used in these cookies. The recipe recommends that you infuse the garlic flavors the same way you would make brown butter chocolate chip cookies, where the butter is melted and almost caramelized. The same principles apply here.
A vampire like Count Chocula may not be able to enjoy these garlicky cookies, but you sure can!
Sticking with unconventional recipes for a moment, this Prince of Darkness Pie is actually a blood pie. While this sounds like a sinister, scary pie perfect for Halloween, blood pie is actually a form of a blood pudding found in many cuisines, and can range from sweet and savory offerings.
This Prince of Darkness Pie made in honor of Count Chocula is a refreshing cream pie with a gelatin filling (hence the blood pie moniker). For the bloody gelatin, use the darkest red jello you can get your hands on!
This recipe for apple cinnamon ice cream can actually be made alongside our above entry. After all, pie and ice cream is a match made in heaven.
This recipe for Apple Cinnamonic Rites of Chocula Ice Cream (Phew! Try saying that five times fast!) is actually based on a recipe for chai ice cream, but with apple cinnamon spice tea instead of chai tea. Tea is actually an excellent way to infuse flavor into the base of your ice cream, and the deep red color of the tea should also seep through to make one vampiric ice cream scoop.
Has Count Chocula Been Discontinued?
Count Chocula has not been discontinued, but was taken out of year-round circulation in 2010, and is now only sold around Halloween.
However, there are ways to sate your cravings for Count Chocula during the rest of the year. Some fans stock up on the beloved cereal to later sell on eBay, while other fans have made unauthorized Count Chocula craft beer.
The creators of Count Chocula have also been in talks with Hollywood to possibly produce videos, short films, TV shows, or even movies inspired by the Count. So even though access to this beloved cereal isn’t available all year round, the love for this chocolate-loving vampire will never die!
Is Count Chocula a Real Vampire?
We all know Count Chocula is a fictional character, and is the mascot for his eponymous cereal. But how much of a vampire is he, really?
Well, Count Chocula is a vegetarian vampire of sorts, as he prefers to eat his own cereal rather than the blood of mortals. There is nothing malicious about Count Chocula, he’s just a friendly vampire who is passionate about cereal!
Was There a Fourth Monster Cereal?
We all know the Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry cereals, but was there a fourth? The Fruit Brute was the fourth installment in the monster cereal franchise, and had a werewolf mascot named Brute. Brute was often a sidekick to Count Chocula and Frankenstein, and his cereal was fruit-flavored and contained lime marshmallows.
Like Halloween, Count Chocula only comes around once a year, and when this cheeky little vampire is on our shelves we need to make the most of it! Don’t just pour Count Chocula into your breakfast bowl, incorporate him into some sweet Halloween treats that are sure to wow at your next Halloween party.