Yummy Bazaar World Sampler Box Review – April 2017
The Yummy Bazaar World Sampler Box is a monthly food subscription box that delivers you snacks, treats, and other food items from all over the world.
Each month, you’ll receive 6-8 authentic, sample-size or full-size items from a handful of different countries. You’re free to skip a month with this subscription if you’re not in the mood. Your subscription also earns you points to use on the Yummy Bazaar site, where you can buy more of the products you really love!
This review is for the Yummy Bazaar World Sample Box, which is $9.99 per month (plus free shipping to the continental US).
The Subscription Box: The Yummy Bazaar World Sampler Box
The Cost: $9.95 per month
COUPON: Save 10% off your first order when you sign up for Yummy Bazaar’s newsletter
The Products: 6-8 sample-sized snacks, treats, and other food items from several countries around the world
Ships to: U.S. only. Free shipping to the continental US!
Keep track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription box list or wishlist!
April’s Box features this vibrant photo of Istanbul, Turkey!
One thing that sets this box apart from other international snack subscriptions is that Yummy Bazaar’s World Sampler sends products from a number of different countries, rather than focusing on a single place. This month includes Turkey, Spain, and Japan. I personally like this for people who want to explore new foods but don’t always love a specific region’s cuisine, since there’s bound to be something inside for everyone!
The included insert shows all of the products you’re receiving, with some background info and ideas on how to use them. They also specify if the product you’re receiving is a full size or a sample size, and let you know how much it costs to buy the full-size versions.
Yummy Bazaar does list all ingredients for each product in English on the insert, too, really useful if you have any food allergies or avoid specific ingredients.
There’s also a helpful card with a coupon and a reminder of how to get in touch. I’ve never had a customer service issue with Yummy Bazaar, but I like that they make it really easy to reach them if you do need something.
Anna reviewed this box last month and also received some chips from Spain! That has got me wondering if potatoes are a prominent crop and if chips are a super popular snack there?
These chips are seasoned with real life Mediterranean Sea seawater! They only have three ingredients: potatoes, seawater, and olive oil.
We don’t usually have chips in our house, so these were a real treat. They were a thin kettle-style chip with a LOT of crunch and they were delicious!
I expected them to be a lot saltier than they actually were – they were pretty well balanced in my opinion. There was definitely a slight seaweed taste too, not too overwhelming. These would actually be really fun for a summer BBQ since I’m sure the unique concept would have people talking!
If I’m being totally honest, subscription boxes have left me feeling a bit “over” Japanese snacks. They seem to be popular inclusions (and there are so many boxes focused on Japanese and Asian snacks specifically). This particular rice cracker snack is actually multiple varieties of seasoned savory snacks mixed together, and luckily I’ve never tried this particular snack before.
This was SO MUCH BETTER than I expected! The crunch on all of the different individual kinds of snacks was perfectly satisfying. The seasoning was like the previous snack: salty (from soy sauce) and a bit fishy, but well-rounded. It didn’t leave me running for a glass of water like some Asian snack food does.
The variety was really fun too, but the tempura peanuts were my favorite. I’m glad this packet was small though, or else I’d have eaten them by the handful!
Koska Sesame Crocan, 1.4oz – Value $1.95
I was excited to see this treat from Turkey because I love sesame! I could not live in a world without sesame bagels and tahini, and I always include a generous portion of sesame seeds when I make homemade granola.
This is made with sesame, sugar, and puffed rice. It is a generously sized bar, definitely one big snack or several smaller ones. Since this is crunchy like peanut brittle (“crocan” actually translates to “brittle”!), it’s easy to break off a small portion at a time.
Three snacks in and this has got to be the crunchiest subscription box I’ve ever tried.
Taste-wise, this was tops. It tasted very fresh and had a nice crunch. The sesame had a nice roasted/toasted flavor and this was only lightly sweetened, so I loved that sesame was really the star of the show. 10/10 would eat again.
Nocciolata Chocolate Hazelnut Spread Sample, 18 g – Value $0.50? (buy a 9.5oz. jar from Yummy Bazaar for $4.75)
I don’t know many people who don’t love a chocolate and hazelnut spread. This is a generous sample, perfect for spreading on a piece of toast for breakfast.
So good! I think it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong with hazelnut and chocolate, but this one is also free of palm oil, plus it’s organic and GMO-free. I feel like Nutella is the only brand of hazelnut spread I really know, so it’s nice to have a new option (plus I thought the full-size version from Yummy Bazaar was surprisingly affordable too).
Terrapin Ridge Farms Fiesta Dip Mix, 1 oz – Value $4.50
I had to double check the info card when I pulled this out because I thought to myself: this looks super American. And I wasn’t wrong, this product is sourced from the US.
This mix is designed to mix with mayo and sour cream, and for dipping with chips of your choice. I haven’t gotten around to mixing this up yet, but I plan on using greek yogurt instead. I’ve done that with similar types of dip mixes, and I love the extra tanginess and lower calorie count!
While I certainly didn’t expect to receive a domestic food product in this box, I do think that having this full-size pantry item in the box helps with the overall value of the box this month. I like that Yummy Bazaar includes both items for cooking/sharing in addition to snacks, it’s a nice variety and a good way to ensure I don’t end up eating 100% of the contents of the box myself (ha!).
Bird’s Milk Cake, Full Size (Single Serving) – Listed Value $1.25
You guys – I totally saved the best snack for last without even meaning to. First of all, look how beautiful this packaging is! I love the classic blue and white floral pattern.
On the info card, I learned that “Bird’s Milk Cake” is made with a chocolate covered meringue (not bird milk! Although as a result of Googling this, I did learn that pigeons produce “crop milk” to feed their young.)
I didn’t read any further than that before I opened it up to taste because meringue = yummy!
This was a great sweet treat after dinner. I have rarely eaten meringue outside of macaron form, so this was definitely unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. The mouthfeel was somewhere between conventional store-bought marshmallow and firm gelatin, very smooth and creamy but with a bit of a snap. The flavors were amazing – I thought I was picking up on some almond, but it’s primary vanilla.
(Unfortunately, this was also the only item I could not find for sale on Yummy Bazaar’s site.)
Verdict: This Yummy Bazaar World Sampler Box was so much fun to explore. It’s nice to get an international snack box that has a well-rounded product curation: some sweet, some salty, some savory, and even a great pantry item that will be perfect for our next get together. For food and snack boxes, I usually expect for the items inside to cost about the same as the price of the box, and that’s true here – we received $11 – $12 at retail prices for a $9.99. This is definitely one of the most affordable international snack subscriptions, too, so it’s a great option for global snack newbies.
What do you think about this month’s Yummy Bazaar World Sampler Box?