Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – June 2015
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.)
This month’s snacks are from Mexico!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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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Every box contains an information card detailing the featured items. They also list details and the ingredients of each item on their website.
Sabritas Adobadas (45 g)- $1.25
The adobo flavor on these chips is a mix of chilies and spices. I’m a big fan! They’re heavily seasoned, and the flavor is a little smoky, a little spicy, and a little sweet.
Takis Fuego (4 oz)- $1.72
Takis Fuego are rolled tortilla chips flavored with hot chili pepper and lime. I tried dipping them in a sour-cream dip, and I was very impressed. They’re pretty spicy on their own, so I was happy to have something cool to cut through the heat.
Barcel Hot Chili Peper & Lime Peanuts (3.2 oz)- $2.08
According to Universal Yums, “chili and lime is to Mexicans what salt and pepper is to Americans.” They claim this classic Mexican flavor combination can be found everywhere: tacos, fruit, and even pizza.
Paleta Payaso (1.59 oz)- $1.14
Pulparindo (Two- 14 g packets)- $.29
Wowzers- this treat packs a punch! Pulparindo mixes tamarind pulp with salt and spice. It’s unlike anything I’ve tried before, and I actually kind of like it. It reminds me of a salty, sour, and spicy fruit leather
De La Rosa Mazapan (2 packs)- $.29
Unlike traditional marzipan, which is made from almonds, this mazapan is made from peanuts. It’s crumbly, rich, and sweet.
Glorias (2 candies)- $2
Glorias dulce de leche candies are made with pecans and goat’s milk. They’re quite large (two large bites, at least) and extremely addictive.
Kranky (1.41 oz)- $1.25
Kranky is a chocolate-covered cornflake treat. I love the sound of this snack, but I’m disappointed that the cornflakes are coated in a chocolate-flavored coating, instead of actual chocolate. As a chocoholic, I just don’t think there’s any substitute for the real thing.
Rockaleta (.84 oz)
Rockaleta is a lollipop with a gum center. Kind of like a spicy Blow Pop! This item isn’t listed on the information card, so I’m guessing it’s a bonus item or was a last minute addition to the box.
Vero Mango (2 lollipops)- $.21
These mango flavored lollipops are coated in a spicy powder. They’re a little too spicy for me, but I rinsed some of the spice off and the resulting blend of mango and spice was delicious!
Chocoretas (1.41 oz)
Universal Yums claims that Chocoretas are the “M&Ms of Mexico.” They’re similar to the classic US treat, but also something different- a layer of mint!
Watermelon Salsaghetti (.85 oz)- $.52
Salsaghetti is a long, watermelon-flavored rope candy that comes with its own “sauce” packet. Instead of tomatoes, though, the sauce is made with tamarind.
Duvalin (2 packets)
Duvalin is a sweet candy dip with a swirl of strawberry and hazelnut creams. It reminds me of frosting! Since it doesn’t come with any dippers, I’m assuming it’s perfectly acceptable to just dig in with a finger?
Canel’s Gum (4 packets)- $.40
Canel’s Gum comes in 4-piece packs and a wide variety of flavors like blueberry, cinnamon, spearmint, and violet. I received strawberry, apple, banana, and “fruit.”
Bubu Lubu (1.23 oz)
I love the name of this snack (it rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) and also the ghost mascot. According to Universal Yums, this strawberry, chocolate, and marshmallow snack is best when it’s frozen.
On the information card, Universal Yums provides a clue to the next month’s destination. The land of the rising sun? It looks like next month’s snacks will be from Japan!
Verdict: This month’s Universal Yums box contained a lot of candy that I’ve never tried before. I had a lot of fun trying so many different kinds of Mexican candy, and I discovered some delicious (and spicy!) new snacks. 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 a lot of 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. I can’t wait to see what’s included in next month’s Japanese box!
What do think about the Mexican candy from this month’s Universal Yums Box?