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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – April 2017

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Universal Yums is a snack subscription box that sends out snacks and candies from a different country each month.

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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.)

This review is of the Yum Yum, $25 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: Universal Yums

The Cost: $14.00/month for the Yum Box, $25/month for the Yum Yum Box. Free shipping to the U.S.

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. Only authentic snacks from the featured country.”

Ships to: U.S., Canada, U.K., and Israel

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This month, the featured country is Austria! Austria is a country I know little about, so I’m excited to dive into this detailed booklet to learn more.

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There are so many interesting facts about Austria. And it is very apparent that food and the time spent sharing a meal are important. Before I go any further, Mahlzeit!

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There is so much detail provided for each snack, which in itself is almost overwhelming. However, I’d rather have too much information about these hard to find snacks, than none at all.

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In addition to trivia and snack details, Universal Yums also provides insight into Austria’s culture and more ways to explore the region. And hold the phone: The Sound of Music’s von Trapp family was a real-life family?!

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I’m stumped on next month’s box. Which country do you think will be featured?

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On the bottom of the box is this Universal Yums scoreboard. I think this is a cool idea if you are sharing this box with a group of friends. And by the looks of it, there’s plenty of snacks to share. Let’s dig in!

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Pischinger Mandel Ecke, 2- 16.25g – Total Value $0.66 USD

This month’s Universal Yums included a few pairs of smaller chocolatey treats. The first is two individually packaged Eckes, German for “corner.” Each ecke is layered with wafers, almond creme, almonds, and chocolate. There’s a slight crunch and overall they are delicious.

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Blaschke Coconut Macaroons, 2-count – Value $? (buy a 300g bag for $5.33 USD)

There is no weight listed on each package, so I am unsure of the exact value. I am not a huge fan of coconut, but I found the layers of these macaroons to be quite decadent. The crispy wafer and toasted coconut sandwich creamy cacao cream, which is my favorite part. I am so glad Universal Yums included this long-standing Austrian brand and I was able to share this top-selling sweet with my coconut-loving husband.

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Heindl Himbeere Chocolates, 2-count – Value $?

This also is a hard item to find for sale online! Each chocolate ball is filled with rich and creamy raspberry but is not at all overpowering or too sweet like some filled chocolates can be. I really enjoyed this chocolate and wish I had more since they’re not available for sale in the US.

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Heindl Mozartkugel, 2-count – Value $?

Universal Yums mentioned in the booklet that Mozart, Beethoven, and the likes are featured on this month’s playlist because their music was born in Vienna. So, I am delighted to see Mozart on this next treat’s packaging! And wow, this chocolate is amazing too! It’s layers of pistachio marzipan and hazelnut chocolate cream dipped in dark chocolate. Before I read the ingredients, I thought for sure the hazelnut chocolate included coffee. This little treat is very rich and I savored each bite.

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Sissi Taler, 2-count – Value $?

When I was researching the Mozart chocolate, Sissi Taler popped up a bunch too. So I am not at all surprised to be seeing her in this month’s Universal Yums! Sissi was born into Bavarian royalty and long story short, captured the heart of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, who was supposed to marry Sissi’s sister – oh my! She and Franz went on to be king and queen of Hungary and she is also known to have been obsessed with beauty.

As fascinated with Sissi as I now am, I am equally in awe of this sweet. Despite the sugar high Universal Yums has me on, this one is definitely my favorite of the bunch. It is layered with apricot marzipan and chocolate truffle cream dipped in chocolate. Amazing!

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Pischinger Haselnuss Reigel, 33 g – Value $1.62 USD

This bar reminded me of the Pischinger Mandel Ecke treats I tried earlier in this box. However, I like this one more and pretty much couldn’t stop eating it. Similar to the other, this is also layered with wafers, hazelnut cream and dipped in milk chocolate. There is a similar crunch and the hazelnut flavor is really apparent.

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Manner Lemon Wafers, 2.5 oz. – Value $1.33 (buy a 12-pack for $15.99)

Finally, something other than chocolate (not that I’m complaining, though!). I love lemon anything, so this was a nice change from the traditional vanilla wafers I’ve tried in subscription boxes. These claim to be all natural and the 5-layer wafers and lemon cream together is delicious. Universal Yums fun fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger is a fan of these and included them in Terminator 3.

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Auer Tortenecken Apfelstrudel, 3.53 oz. – Value $1.51 USD

Now, an apple strudel wafer is a first for me. And each triangle piece is about 4″ long. I thought I detected a traditional vanilla-flavored wafer in my first bite, but in actuality, it’s subtle apple and cinnamon. The texture is similar to a traditional wafer cookie and this was OK. Not my favorite, but still tasted pretty good.

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Kelly’s Paprika Mini Fritts, 80g – Value $1.08

Universal Yums also sent a couple savory snacks this month. I enjoyed these potato sticks a lot. There’s a nice crunch and good pepper/paprika flavoring to them. And no spiciness, which is nice. Paprika is a popular chip flavor in Europe, so it’s fitting this Austrian-made variety was included.

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Kelly’s American Pizza Rolls, 80g – Value $1.62 USD

The second savory snack is also made by the Austrian brand, Kelly’s. The company was founded by WWII American soldier, Major Howard Morse Kelly, who decided to stay in Austria after the war, rather than return to the states. Kelly’s most popular snack is the Soletti, which is a salty pretzel stick. Still, they continue to experiment with new flavors, like these pizza-flavored hollow corn puffs. They are OK, in my opinion – they’re good, but I’m not in a rush to finish this substantial bag anytime soon.

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Casali Schoko Bananen Minis, 110g – Value $1.19 USD

Last but not least are these mini banana foam sugar covered in dark chocolate. I love banana flavors, but did not care for this particular snack. The banana foam is super sugary and mixed with the dark chocolate comes off very tart.

Verdict: I enjoyed my first Universal Yums box! I liked learning about Austria and I definitely received hard to find and unique-to-Austria snacks that were all pretty tasty. Not all of the snacks are for sale online, so it’s hard to determine an exact value this month. However, for $25 a month (which includes free US shipping), I received 11 different snack varieties, which average $2.27. This does not include the pairs for five of the smaller chocolates, so all in all, I think this is a fair value. I also appreciate the immense amount of information in the booklet and definitely look forward to seeing what country is featured next month.

Which Universal Yums snacks are you most curious about? 

Written by Sara McClelland

Sara McClelland

Sara received a gift subscription to Birchbox in 2013 and has been intrigued by (ok, obsessed with) discovery and fashion boxes ever since. Her basset hound, Oliver, is a huge fan of Barkbox, too.

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.

8 Comments

  1. I have been w/ UY from the start, 26 different Countries 5 twice visited…no complaints. I love the opportunity to taste the World. Best sub ever!

  2. I’m glad they are doing Japan again because I started subscribing after they’d already done Japan.

    As far as this box went, I wish there was a little more balance between sweet and savory snacks but overall I liked it. I don’t even like apple flavored sweets and I want to have more of those apple strudel wafers. I thought they were delicious. The only things I haven’t yet tried are the banana things and the macaroons which–I hate coconut in sweets so I will probably give them away.

    • Update: I tried one of the banana thingys…and only one. They reminded me of circus peanuts which have always seemed to me to be the most disappointing candy.

  3. This was my first Universal Yums box! It has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to next month.

  4. Japan is often referred as the Land of the Rising Sun and kawaii is a Japanese term, so that’ll likely be it. I wonder how Universal Yums plans to differentiate their Japanese theme box from every other Japanese snack box out there. Bokksu is the only one I’ve seen that’s really managed to be a unique standout from all the others.

  5. I’d also say Japan. It’s in the “east” where the sun rises, and kawaii is a Japanese term for being exceptionally cute.

    That being said, this subscription sounds awesome! Might have to get it!

  6. From the clue I would guess next month’s country is: Japan.

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