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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – August 2016

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Universal Yums is a snack subscription box that sends out snacks and candies from a different country monthly. This is a review of their Yum Yum Box.


This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Universal Yums

The Cost: $13.00/month for the Yum Box, $25/month for the Yum Yum Box

The Products: “The contents of the boxes change each month as we try to highlight the best snacks from each featured country. However, you can always expect: A mix of flavors: salty, sweet, spicy, fruity, and more. (and) Only authentic snacks from the featured country.”

Ships to: US, Canada, UK, and Israel

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This month, the country featured was Brazil. The glossy paged booklet that they send is always a fun read, and they also include hints for the country they are featuring next month!


Brazilian Coffee Candy 

This coffee candy is pretty smooth and slightly sweet. I don’t generally eat coffee flavored things, because of the coffee breath issue, but these were very good! 

Butter Toffee Mousse de Maracuja 

These are chewy, butter toffee candies with a passion fruit mousse center. I really wasn’t a fan of the passion fruit flavor mixed with butter toffee here. The butter toffee part was delicious, but I didn’t think the caramel flavor went well with the passion fruit mousse. 

Pacoquinha de Amendoim by Yoki

These are exactly like the little round mazapan Mexican candies – they taste the same, and have the same moisture sucking qualities. I had to take a drink immediately after eating this…these aren’t my favorite.


Serenata de Amor Bon Bons by Garoto

These little bon bons are delicious. They are chocolate covered wafer bon bons, filled with a cashew cream. I enjoyed these quite a bit!

Bis Wafers by Lacta

These were great! They are very similar to a Kit Kat, in that they are wafer cookies covered in chocolate. I enjoyed these quite a bit.

Frutabella Goiabada

These bars have just two ingredients: guava and sugar. When you first pull it out, it doesn’t look super appetizing, but it was delicious! I love guava, and this is something I would eat regularly if I was able to find it here in the states. 

Bananinha Cremosa 

This fruit bar also has very few ingredients: banana, sugar, and something that looks like a preservative. I wasn’t a huge fan of this bar; if you like bananas a lot though, you might just love it.


Pao de Mel

These little cookies are a spiced, honey bread covered in chocolate. It tasted quite a bit like the soft gingerbread you can find in Germany – I did enjoy them, but they are very dry – be sure to have some coffee or tea nearby.

Torcida Pimenta Mexicana 

Honestly, these were hands down the best thing in this box. They are so delicious. The texture is like a crunchy pillow, and the flavor is out of this world. I’m pretty sure it’s jalapeño and cheese, but whatever it is, it is the stuff dreams are made of. 


Yokitos Bacon 

I had a few friends try these and the verdict was mixed. Two loved them and two hated them. I didn’t like the smell – it was a bit maple syrupy. They said they were similar to chicharrones with maple syrup flavoring.

Pipoca Vovozinha Caramelizada

This caramel popcorn was mediocre at best. It was all stuck together and I think a bit stale. It is supposedly super popular in Brasil though, so maybe I just got a bad batch.

Biscoito Polvilho

The description of this in the Universal Yums booklet is kind of funny. It says something to the effect of “they’re not the worst thing we’ve ever tried…” I had 5 people try these: myself and four friends. Everyone except for me disliked them. I didn’t mind them that much, but I also would never reach for these as a snack. They’re fairly tasteless and would definitely benefit from some flavoring.

Verdict: I always enjoy my Universal Yums boxes – I love trying new snacks from other countries, and seeing what I’m missing out on here in the States. This box was filled with mostly delicious things, and having a few of my friends try everything was super fun. I might just keep doing that! As far as value goes, I never do a value judgement since it’s practically impossible to find these snacks locally. With that said, I do find that the value is pretty consistent to the cost of the box.

Have you tried Universal Yums yet? 

Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!
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  1. We particularly loved the Torcidos! Unfortunately can not find them for sale anywhere.

  2. My popcorn was beyond stale. Utterly inedible. It went in the trash. I contacted Universal Yums expecting them to stand by there product, but they didn’t. They tried to spin it as the snack not suiting me. As if I don’t know what stale food tastes like. Ridiculous. All I wanted was a partial refund for that one product or a replacement product. So basically $2 toward my next box. They never responded. So I cancelled the subscription.

  3. My FAVORITE box of all those I get in this category! UY ROCKS!

  4. I love this box!

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