Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – September 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 Colombia!
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 & Canada (Canadian shipping is extra.)
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Universal Yums includes a folding card that lists all of the items in the box! They also detail the ingredients of each item on their website.
Snacky Caramelo (1.76 oz.)
The texture of Snacky Caramelo reminds me a little of Cheez-puffs, but the flavor is totally different. Snacky comes in a variety of different flavors, but the caramel flavor included in this month’s box is the most popular.
Maduritos (1.22 oz.)
I’m a big fan of plantain chips, so I was excited to see them included in this month’s box. This version from La Nina is really tasty!
Papitas Pollo (2.45 oz.)
It’s not ususual for Universal Yums to include potato chips in their boxes, and I’ve tried chips in quite a few unusual flavors thanks to them. This month features Papitas Pollo, chicken-flavored potato chips. I’m always game to try new things, but I don’t think I would pick up another bag of these chips. The flavor is interesting and a little meaty (it reminds me a bit of bouillon), but I don’t like it enough to want to finish the bag.
Yellow Marbles (30 g.)
These cheese balls are made from tapioca dough and salty cheese, and Universal Yums points out that this unique snack is extremely popular in Colombia. I love cheesy snacks, so I was excited to give these a try, but the flavor and texture are much different than I’d expected. I’m glad I got a chance to try them, but, for me, one taste was enough!
Piazza Fresa (45 g.)
Piazza Fresa “barquillos” are crispy rolled wafers that are filled with strawberry crème. You can eat them like cookies, or use them as a straw to make strawberry-flavored milk.
Tocineta Limon (15 g.)
Tocineta Limon is flavored with bacon and lime, and the crispy snacks look like strips of bacon. To me, they taste a little like pork rinds.
Jet Wafer (22 g.)
According to the Universal Yums info card, Jet Wafer is one of the world’s most popular chocolate bars! It’s made up of vanilla wafers covered in chocolate, and I can see why it’s such a popular treat- it’s simple but delicious!
Jumbo Flow (48 g.)
Jumbo Flow is a candy bar that combines nougat, caramel, and peanuts. I received the white chocolate version, and it tastes like a white chocolate Snickers bar.
Max Coco Wafers (46 g.)
Colombia has over 300 beaches, so it seems appropriate that these tropical, coconut-flavored wafer cookies are a popular treat! I really like the crispy texture and coconut flavor.
Nucita Paleta (2 x 15 g.)
Nucita Paleta is a chocolate bar on a stick with stripes of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry candy.
Nutty Spread (2 x 14g.)
If I’m not mistaken, I believe that Nutty Spread has popped up in a previous Universal Yums box, but I can’t remember which one. The little packets of hazelnut spread can be used on toast or fruit, but Universal Yums recommends just digging in with your fingers. Sounds good to me!
Castipan Veleno (2 x 26 g.)
Guava paste is a popular South American treat, and Castipan Veleno pairs the classic snack with stripes of mango flavor. I like the gummy, slightly chewy texture of this candy, but I don’t love the flavor. I think it must be an acquired taste.
Bon Bon Bum Lollipops in Watermelon and Passionfruit (4 pops)
Universal Yums always includes fun facts and information on their product card, and I always really enjoy learning more about the month’s featured country and its snacks. Apparently, Bon Bon Bum lollipops were launched in the US under the name Bon Bon Boom because Americans didn’t respond well to candy with “bum” in the name! The gum-filled lollipops remind me of Blow Pops, and I think the passion fruit flavor is fantastic.
Coffee Delight (8 candies)
Colombia is extremely well known for their coffee, so I think it’s appropriate that this box contains some coffee candy. Coffee Delight is a chewy candy that’s flavored with coffee, caramel, and chocolate. I think it’s delicious!
Supercoco (4 candies)
When I first unwrapped Supercoco, I experienced a moment of hesitation because the appearance is fairly ugly and unappetizing. Luckily, the candy is much tastier than it looks! It’s chewy with a rich coconut flavor.
On the back of the information card, Universal Yums provides a clue to the next month’s destination. It sounds like next month’s box will feature treats from The Netherlands! (That’s my guess, at least. Do you agree?)
Verdict: Universal Yums’ Colombian snack box wasn’t my favorite, but I still had a great time exploring the country’s myriad snacks. I sampled lots of interesting treats with unfamiliar flavors, and I discovered some interesting facts about Colombia along the way. I think Universal Yums does a great job of curating treats from a different country each month, and I have so much fun discovering new foods from around the world. I’m looking forward to next month’s box, and I’m excited to see what types of snacks will be featured!
What do you think of this month’s Universal Yums box? Did you enjoy your box of Colombian snacks? Do you think next month’s box will feature snacks from The Netherlands?