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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015

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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Box

Universal Yums is an international snack subscription box. Every month they send a mix of snacks from one country or region. (A different country or region is featured each month.)

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Inside

This month’s snacks are from Israel!

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Contents

The Subscription: Universal Yums

The Cost: $13/month for the Yum Box (6+ snacks) and $25/month for the Yum Yum Box (13+ snacks). Note that this is a review of the Yum Yum Box.

The Products: A selection of unique snacks from a different country each month.

Ships to: US

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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Card 1

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Card 2

Every box contains an information card detailing the featured items. They also list details and the ingredients of each item on their website.

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Bissli

Falafel Flavor Bissli Snacks (2.5 oz.)- $1.51

When I first saw these, I immediately thought of the Falafel Chips that have been popping up in food boxes recently. These are much different, though. They’re made without chickpeas, and the falafel flavor comes from a blend of spices. I’m not sure they taste like falafel, but I do like them.

Smoky Flavor Bissli Snacks (2.5 oz.)- $1.66

These snacks brought me back to my days in Britain, where chips come in flavors like “prawn cocktail,” “ketchup,” and “smoky bacon.” I’m always intrigued when I come across an unfamiliar chip flavor, so I was excited to try these. I like the crispy rings, and the smoky flavor reminds me a little of BBQ flavored chips.

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Bamba

Bamba Peanut Flavored Snacks (1 oz.)- $1.15

According to Universal Yums, Bamba is Israel’s most famous snack food. It also seems this snack has helped maintain low numbers of peanut allergies in Israel. From the info card: “A recent UK study confirmed that the low number of peanut allergies among Israeli children can be directly associated to high consumption of Bamba at a young age.” Fascinating! I really enjoy the Universal Yums info card, and I’m always impressed with the fun tidbits of information they include.

Bamba Peanut Snack with Hazelnut Cream Filling (2.1 oz.)- $1.75

This snack pairs the classic Bamba with a creamy hazelnut filling. It was developed because Bamba dipped in Nutella became a favorite snack of Israeli soldiers, but they found it to be messy and time-consuming to eat. (Another fun fact- thanks, Universal Yums!) The soldiers were definitely on to something; this is a delicious combination!

UniversalYums-May-2015-Pretzels

Mega Sesame Pretzel Sticks (5.3 oz)- $1.73

These pretzels don’t look all that unusual, but they’re covered with sesame seeds, which gives them a surprisingly nutty aftertaste. I like them, and I think they’re a subtle twist on a classic snack.

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Halva

Achva Marble Sesame Halva (2.45 oz.)

Halva is a popular Middle Eastern candy made from sesame seeds, sugar, and butter. I grew up with a Lebanese stepfather, so it wasn’t unusual to find halva in our kitchen. I’m a fan of halva’s rich, nutty flavor, and I enjoyed trying this marble version. I think the chocolate swirls are a nice addition.

Elite Milk Chocolate with Popping Candies (3 oz.)- $2.42

(I have to give a shout-out to Rachel, who made a comment about this exact snack in the discussion about last month’s box!) This bar blends creamy milk chocolate with “popping candy” (ie Pop Rocks). It’s an unfamiliar combination, to be sure, but I really like it! I always enjoyed Pop Rocks when I was a kid, and there’s something delightful about a chocolate bar that crackles and pops while you’re eating it. This might be my favorite candy discovery EVER in a subscription box!

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Bars

Elite Pesek Zman Chocolate Bar (1.59 oz)- $2.50

This bar is milk chocolate and filled with hazelnut cream. I’ve received similar bars in a number of Universal Yums boxes, so I guess it’s safe to say that milk chocolate and hazelnut is a combination popular all over the world!

Kif Kef Chocolate Bar (18.5 g.)

Kif Kef sounds a little like Kit-Kat, and I think they taste pretty similar too.

Elite Hazelnut Chocolate Bar (.63 oz)

This bar is like a Snickers, but with hazelnuts instead of peanuts. Can’t go wrong with that!

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Candy

Pinuki Cola Dragees (1.16 oz)

I’m a fan of Haribo Cola Bottles, so I reached for these Dragees right away. They’re chewy (with a texture kind of like Mentos) and have an authentic cola flavor. I’m definitely a fan.

Toffee Fruit Chews

I like the flavor of these Toffee Fruit Chews quite a lot. They’re very fruity and a little chewier than traditional salt-water taffy.

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – May 2015 Next

On the information card, Universal Yums provides a clue to the next month’s destination. What are your thoughts about the clue? My guess is Mexico!

Verdict: I’m a big fan of the treats that were included in this month’s Universal Yums box. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Israeli treats, but I LOVED the cola candy and the popping chocolate. Because of those treats alone, this might be my favorite Universal Yums box yet! I couldn’t determine an overall value (since everything wasn’t available for sale online), but I imagine it’s in line with the value of their previous boxes. Boxes from Universal Yums don’t often have a value that exceeds the cost, but I enjoy their curation and feel it adds value to the subscription. They really excel at introducing new foods and snacks in a fun way, and I love being transported to a new destination each month!

What do think about the Israeli snacks from this month’s Universal Yums Box?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

11 Comments

  1. I also like that you can opt out of a month if it doesn’t appeal to you. I was too big a wuss to try China, but I always find something to really like in the others.

  2. Hmm. I’ve been looking at the reviews for this box for a few months. We just cancelled a few food boxes after over a year of subbing to each one. They were really fabulous, just fairly unexciting after so long.

    Food boxes never really have an outstanding value, but that’s not why I like them. The discoveries and fun we have trying out new things is the appealing part. I live in Texas, though, and am very familiar with Mexican snacks and treats, so I wouldn’t be interested in next month’s box.

    That being said, this food box looks like something we would enjoy. I’m gonna wait until later next month, though, since Mexican snacks aren’t new to me, and it seems that what next month’s spoiler is eluding towards. Thanks for the review, Lindsey! I definitely have one foot leaning towards the other side of the fence instead of being firmly planted on either side now.

  3. I love the flag tissue paper, too! Also I can think of no better combo than chocolate & pop rocks–but, I get the smaller box and it wasn’t in it!! Also, I sub to Bonjour Jolie and a couple of months ago they had the Chuao pop rocks bar in their box, but mine had some other Chuao!! I was so bummed when my box arrived with a different one, I went to World Market–there is a big Chuao display… And, — you guessed it — no pop rocks bar! Still haven’t had one.

  4. My local target now sells Bamba and Bissli in the kosher section! Bamba is my boys’ favorite snack.

  5. I also just to say that I think it’s really charming how they arrange the tissue paper on top of the snacks to look like the flag of the country they came from.

  6. This was my favorite box so far (I started with China, so this is my third country). I haven’t tried everything in it yet, but I’ve loved everything I’ve tried so far (those peanut puffs are AMAZING) and I’m a big believer in saving the best for last, so I still have the nutella peanut puffs and pop rock candy to try

  7. Thanks for the shout out. I can’t say this is the best representation of Israeli snacks ever, but they did include halva and a bar of chocolate pops, which are the two most distinctive non-fresh Israeli snacks I can think of, maybe besides honey and olive flavored stuff. So much of what they eat is fresh I bet it is hard to send out a package with snacks overseas.

  8. If you really want a value, I’ve seen all those things at the local Kosher market.

    • Really? I’ve never seen chocolate pop bars in the US. Where do you find them?

      • I live in Denver CO and the local kosher market, East Side Kosher Deli, carries them.

        • Chuao chocolates also sells a pop rock chocolate bar that I ordered online. It was delicious!

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