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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Universal Yums is an international snack subscription box. Every month they send a mix of snacks from one country. (A different country is featured each month.)

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

This month’s snacks are from China!

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

The Subscription: Universal Yums

The Cost: $13/month for the Yum Box (6+ snacks) and $25/month for the Yum Yum Box (13+ snacks)

The Products: A selection of unique snacks from a different country each month.

Ships to: US

Check out all of our reviews of Universal Yums!

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Every box contains an informational card detailing the featured items. (Note that this is a review of the larger Yum Yum Box.) They also list details and the ingredients of each item on their website.

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Golden Time Chocolate Flute Wafers– value $4.99

Chocolate is not popular in China, but Univeral Yums didn’t want to send a box without it. Amazingly (according to the info card), this box of chocolate wafers contains more chocolate than the average Chinese person eats in an entire year!

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Cha Cha Wasabi Potato Crispy– value $.98

Huang Fei Hong Spicy Peanuts– $2.50

My husband immediately claimed the peanuts, but he found them to be far too spicy. They seem to have a loyal following online, though. Inside the bag, there are black peppercorns and slices of red chilis. This is certainly not a snack for anyone scared of heat!

The wasabi crackers pack a serious punch too. I enjoyed them, but they are VERY powerful.

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Hot & Spicy Rice Crackers- 2 packets

Sugar Glazed Rice Crackers- 2 packets

Amay’s Almond Cookies– 4 cookies

I really like rice crackers and enjoyed both varieties Universal Yums included in this month’s box. The Hot & Spicy Crackers were pretty mild (especially when compared to the wasabi crackers and peanuts!) and topped with a sweet glaze. The others were similar, but without the added spicy flavor.

The almond cookies were good too. They tasted like a nutty shortbread.

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Blueberry Pie

Black Sesame Crackers

Assorted Crispy Candy- 4 candies

According to Universal Yums, the Edo Blueberry Pie is very hard to find in the US, so I’m glad I was able to try one! It tasted a little like a Fig Newton.

The crispy candy was incredible. I tried the red one, which was flavored with black sesame, and I really loved the unusual crumbly texture. This might be one of my favorite discoveries in the box!

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Pineapple & Tangerine Peel Hard Candies- 8 total candies

White Rabbit Candy – 4 candies

Peach Milk Ball Soft Candy- 4 candies

Lucky Candy– 4 candies

The pineapple-flavored hard candies were delicious. They tasted just like pineapple! The tangerine peel, however, didn’t taste anything like tangerine. I found the flavor completely unfamiliar- sweet, sour, and salty.

I really enjoyed the White Rabbit candies. They’re milky-flavored and wrapped in rice paper. They start out very hard, but after awhile they soften slightly and become more like tough taffy.

Peach Milk Balls are a Chinese version of “peaches n’ cream.” There was an odd, familiar flavor I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but the info card hit the nail on the head- they taste like buttered popcorn Jelly Belly jellybeans!

Lucky candy had a milky, strawberry flavor that I really liked. They were VERY chewy, though. Definitely a candy that forces you to eat slowly!

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

Vegetable Cookies- packet of 12 cookies

Butterfly Cookies- packet of 4

The Vegetable Cookies were interesting. I really didn’t know what to expect, but they do actually taste like a cookie/ veggie cracker hybrid. They’re sweet but leave behind a lingering flavor of onion and other vegetables. I’ve never tasted anything like them before.

I recognized the butterfly cookies as palmiers. Apparently, they’re a popular cookie in France, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. I think it’s so interesting that a single pastry can be a part of so many different cultures!

Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2015

On the informational card, Universal Yums provides a clue to the next month’s destination. What do you think about the clue? Sounds like Scandinavia to me!

Verdict: I really liked the variety of items Universal Yums selected for the China box.

There was a good mix of sweet, salty, and spicy snacks, and I definitely discovered a lot of new foods. I couldn’t determine a value for this box (since everything wasn’t available for sale online), but I imagine it’s in line with the value of their previous boxes. Boxes from Universal Yums don’t often have a value that exceeds the cost, but I enjoy their curation and feel it adds value to the subscription. They really excel at introducing new foods and snacks in a fun way, and I love being transported to a new destination each month!

What do think about the Chinese snacks from this month’s Universal Yums Box?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Even the small box was just crammed full of goodies. Senbei are one of my favorite snacks, but the closest place to get them near me is over an hour’s drive! I’m eating the butterfly cookies now, and I also thought “palmiers” when I saw them. They do have more of a shortbread texture, though, and only the teensiest bit of sweetness, which I like. What I think is the Blueberry Edo is in a gold wrapper with no label. Did anyone else get it like that? I don’t really like blueberries or fig newtons, so I was going to swap it, but not if I’m not sure that’s what it is!

    • I just returned from buying out the local Asian store!! They had almost everything (no potato wasabi crackers booooo) but they DID have the spicy peanuts. My co-workers & I devouring them! So good!! As for the blueberry cookie: I love blueberries, figs & shortbread. That said, it was my least favorite thing in the box. I would def swap it!

  2. LOVE THIS SUB! I have been w/ them since their first box and love how each month I get to try new things from a different Country. Their website states there are 196 Countries out there. This is going to be fun for a long time!

  3. Omg. Candies from my childhood. Makes me want to go out and buy some now.

  4. Wow…the larger box looks pretty generous. I LOVE this concept. I’ve had the Spicy Peanuts before. My nephew bought them at a local market. They are so good and spicy, and I even ate one of the chilies.

  5. After reading the review, I tracked my box & it was out for delivery. I couldn’t wait to get home to those peanuts!!!! I get the smaller box & it didn’t include the peanuts

  6. Being Chinese-American, I wasn’t that excited when I saw where this month’s snacks were from, since I figured I’d be familiar with most of them. However, I was pleasantly surprised! I’ve had my share of White Rabbits, almond cookies and rice crackers in my day, but everything else was new to me. I, also, especially enjoyed the assorted crispy candies. The black sesame and coffee ones were great! I just hope that I can find them again the next time I am in Chinatown 🙂

    Honestly, this box left me a lot happier than probably any other I’ve gotten in the last month, and now I want to sign up for the large size instead of the small one. I already can’t wait until next month!

  7. According to the clue on the bottom right of the card, I’m pretty sure it’s Scandinavia! Exciting!!!

  8. Just signed up for next month!

  9. Sounds interesting to me. I’ve done Skoshbox and Oishiibox, but this seems better, but more expensive. If I find a coupon code I might have to try it.

  10. It’s nice that you get a card telling you what all the little snacks are. I subscribe to MunchPak (which I love!) and sometimes I get snacks that are completely in another language with an ambiguous picture on it. I haven’t the foggiest idea what it is.

    Luckily I have no food allergies but that could be a problem for others. Also, if I did like it I have no way to tell what it was so I could get more!

    Very impressive selection in this box!

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