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Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – March 2016


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


This month’s snacks are from the Philippines!


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


The Subscription Box: Universal Yums

The Cost: $13/month for the Yum Box (6+ snacks) and $25/month for the Yum Yum Box (13+ snacks). (Note that this is a review of the Yum Yum Box.)

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

Ships to: US & Canada (Canadian shipping is extra.)

Check out all of our Universal Yums reviews and the Food Subscription Box Directory!


Universal Yums includes a booklet that lists all of the items in the box.


The booklet includes trivia and other fun info. (This month’s booklet even includes a feature entitled “strange animals of the Philippines!”)


Universal Yums also details the ingredients of each item on their website.


Regent Golden Sweet Corn Puffs (60 g.)- $1.95

If I’ve learned anything from my subscription to Universal Yums, it’s that the American snack market is seriously lacking when it comes to sweet corn snacks. It seems like they’re popular in a ton of other countries, and I don’t think I’ve sampled a single one that I don’t like. Unsurprisingly, these corn-flavored puffs are delicious, too. They’re savory and a little sweet.

Oishi Cracklings Salt & Vinegar Beer Match (50 g.)- $1.45

Salt & vinegar isn’t my favorite chip flavor, but I really like it on these crunchy, puffed snacks. I think the strong flavor of the vinegar helps cut through the richness of the cracklings.


Regent Pandan Cake

Pandan Cake is a popular sponge cake that’s fluffy, light, and green in color. Traditionally, it’s flavored with juice that’s made from the leaves of the tropical Pandanus amaryllifolius plant. I’ve had pandan cake before, and I’m a fan. However, I think this one is just okay.

Boy Bawang Hot Garlic Flavor (100 g.)- $3.67

These puffed, crunchy corn kernels are delicious! The hot garlic flavor is truly both- spicy and garlicky. I can definitely recommend these.


Fita Lemon Flavor Sandwich (25 g.)- $0.22?

I’m a fan of savory sweets, and these cracker sandwiches definitely fit that bill. The crackers are rich and savory (they remind me a little of Ritz), and the sweet lemon filling is delicate and subtle.

Pinky’s Chocolate Butterscotch Bars (2 bars)

Based on the description, I was expecting these to be like candy bars, but they’re actually more like brownie bites. I’m a fan of the fudgy/cakey texture, but the flavor didn’t really work for me.UniversalYums-March-2016-Goldilocks

Goldilocks Polvoron in Ube and Cookies & Cream

Goldilocks describes polvoron as “Manila shortbread,” but I’ve also seen it described as
“powdered milk candy.” This is my first time trying it, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. The texture is chalky, crumbly, and dry. It’s not quite a cookie, but it’s not quite a candy either. Regardless, I really like it! (Though I prefer the Cookie & Cream flavor over Ube, which is a type of purple yam.)


King Choc Nut

X.O. Classic Coffee Candy

Starr Melon Dew Menthol

Lipps Mango Color Burst

Universal Yums always includes a handful of different candies from every featured country. Even though they’re small, I always find that the candies are one of my favorite parts of the box! This month, I think the Choc Nut has to be my favorite. The crumbly, chocolaty candies are rich, sweet, and tasty. The Mango Color Burst was great, too. I love mango, and I found the flavor to be surprisingly similar to the real thing. It also lived up to its name- my tongue was very yellow after eating one!


On the back of the information card, Universal Yums provides a clue to the next month’s destination. What do you think about the clue? It sounds like Poland to me!

Verdict: I discovered a lot of new treats in this month’s Universal Yums box! Standout items for me were definitely the Choc Nut, Sweet Corn Puffs, and Boy Bawang. Though, I also really enjoyed trying the polvoron shortbreads- they’re truly unlike anything I’ve ever had before! It’s always difficult to determine a value for boxes from Universal Yums, but I feel they do a pretty good job of sending full boxes packed with treats I wouldn’t necessarily be able to find locally. I had a lot of fun with this box, and I’m already curious to see what next month’s box will bring!

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Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

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Comments (7)

  1. LOVE UY! My favorite box hands down! I love trying everything and although I may not care for some of snacks the point is to try something from a place I will likely never visit. I am totally loving the new recipe inclusion in the booklet. Gives me a chance to try a meal from a new place and love playing the playlist while making it! I guessed Poland too and was right! Can’t wait for my next trip!

  2. Spoile Alert

    Poland is the next box via their Facebook! I love this box and their CS is the best!

  3. The Pinky’s butterscotch bars were my favorites, but I had the green mango flavor.

    • I got the green mango butterscotch bars and they were easily my favorite. Wish I could order more. The chocnut and shortbread were really good too. Pandan cake was definitely the worst, ended up throwing half of it away.

  4. That Polvoron shortbread was amazing!

    • If you’re ever in California, you can find the Goldilocks Bakeries all over.

  5. I really enjoyed this box since I was mostly unfamiliar with the selections and discovery of new tastes and treats is the main reason for subscribing. They also included a playlist of Philippine music in the brochure. I think they have a good selection of balanced sweet and savory snacks and, like Lindsay, I find the fun factor more important than the value.

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