Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – April 2017
Universal Yums is a snack subscription box that sends out snacks and candies from a different country each month.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?!
I’m stumped on next month’s box. Which country do you think will be featured?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?