Universal Yums Subscription Box Review – August 2017
Universal Yums is a snack subscription box that sends out snacks and candies from a different country each month.
This month’s box takes us to Colombia!
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/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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As soon as you open your box, you will see a piece of thick paper covering the contents of the box and letting you know the country from which your snacks have come. You will also find that there is a list of all the products featured with a grid where you can rate each snack. This is such a fun interactive way to enjoy this snack box with your friends!
The pamphlet included in each box includes a list and a fun description about each snack. I found this to be extremely helpful while tasting and it was extremely interesting! Since each month features a new location, the pamphlet always provides fun facts about Colombia, a trivia game, and a puzzle!
These taste like a potato chip, but these are not made from potato! Instead, this is made with Cassava which is a shrub! The chip itself is extremely thin and crunchy, nothing greasy or fried tasting about this snack. I got hints of the light sea salt with each bite. I absolutely loved this ‘not like a potato chip’ chip!
This little snack is called a caramel pudding, but it is thicker than a typical pudding would be. It is almost like caramel you would eat in a candy bar. It is sweet but not overwhelming and just so creamy! Unlike most caramels, this pudding is made with condensed milk and sugar. I could have eaten so many more of these!
If you have read my other snack reviews, you will know that I am not the biggest coconut fan. This little hard candy is a sticky caramel treat that is filled with coconut. It was very sweet from the caramel, but the coconut was a little overpowering for me. Luckily though, my Mom loves coconut so I was able to share this lovely candy with her!
Yupi Rizadas Picanticas, 0.99 oz – Value $1.99?
I wasn’t able to find this brand of chips anywhere online for sale so I am estimating the value based on similar sized bags of chips. These crinkle chips were thick and crunchy! Even though the pamphlet listed these as spicy, I didn’t get an overwhelming spice, which I loved! Instead, you get a mixture of the vinegar and lime making these chips a little sweet and a tiny bit spicy.
Yupi Rizadas Mayonesa, 0.99 oz – Value $1.99
I absolutely loved these chips! They were thick crinkle cut chips with lots of crunch like the other Yupi chips. The mayo flavor made the chips creamy that tasted very similar to a honey mustard sauce. According to the pamphlet, dipping chips in mayo is very common in Colombia which is why Yupi developed this particular flavor. A must try!
Bianchi White Chocolate Bar, 2 pieces at 0.92 oz – Value $2.00?
I wasn’t able to find this candy bar for sale so I am estimating the value. The only way I can describe this is that it is a white chocolate version of a Snickers bar, so yummy! I honestly have avoided white chocolate most of my life because I thought I didn’t like it, but I really loved this candy bar!
Piazza Fresa Barquillos, 1.58 oz – Value $0.99
These little wafers are thinly rolled that make a yummy crunch. The filling is an extra fruity strawberry flavor that has a creamy texture to it. This is my kind of snack, I enjoyed this with a cup of coffee for a special afternoon treat!
I didn’t know it was possible for a piece of candy to taste so much like a fresh piece of fruit! I received mango and passionfruit flavors and they were so fruity but not too sweet. Plus, each lollipop is filled with bubble gum! What a unique take on lollipop flavors!
These little hard candies are made with 100% Colombian coffee! According to the pamphlet, Colombian coffee beans are typically sweeter and have a hint of fruit flavors. The coffee flavor of these hard candies was so creamy and delicious. Such a great snack to toss in your bag whenever you need something sweet or for some energy in the case of these coffee delights!
According to the pamphlet, the recipe for this cake is so secret it is stored in an undisclosed bank in the U.S! Also, thousands of Colombians use this as their birthday cake! I totally understand why this is so loved because it was so delicious! The cake itself was really big, and the outer layer of chocolate is thin and not too sweet. The cake is so fluffy with a strong vanilla flavor. I gobbled this up and it left me wanting more!
Castipan Veleno, 36 g (2 pieces) – Value $0.72 (buy a pack of 18 for $6.49)
This is described as a thick guava paste mixed with sugar cane that is best served either plain or melted over cheese. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any cheese, but I am saving this second piece to use over some fresh queso fresco this weekend! The best way that I can describe this Castipan Veleno is that it tastes like a thicker sweet jelly that has a hint of salt to it. I think melted it would taste very similar to brie. I really enjoyed it cold, but can’t wait to try it over cheese!
I have never had a spicy plantain chip, but these were incredible! They were more on the spicy instead of sweet side, but you do get some hints of sweet. I could have eaten the whole bag but knew better since it is a spicier chip. Each plantain is fried and seasoned with a mix of spices that makes this snack so tempting!
When you open this little wafer pack you get a strong coconut smell. So this was one that I shared with my Mom since I don’t love coconut flavored snacks. There are little pieces of coconut plus a wonderful sweetness from the chocolate. The stacks of wafer provide a great crunch, and I mean you really can’t go wrong with a wafer cookie!
Tocineta Lime & Bacon Chips, 0.52 oz – Value $1.99?
I wasn’t able to find these online for sale but estimated the value based on either size snack bags like this. I was a little surprised to see the chips since they are made to look like a piece of bacon, but these were probably my favorite snack! You get mainly the lime flavor, but as you keep eating the chips you really get hints of bacon. There was a touch of salt that made these chips so addicting, I couldn’t stop eating them!
Verdict: This was my first time trying Universal Yums and I must say that I loved it! I haven’t learned or tried much about Colombian snack foods, but this box really brought a ton of new snacks and flavors for me. Even the coconut snacks that I didn’t love were still fun to taste test and then share with my Mom! I am normally not a salty snack fan, but I was surprised by how much I loved each chip bag as well. While a few of my values for each item were estimates, I calculated a total value of $22.48, with an overall cost of the box being $25 (including shipping). While the value and cost are fairly close, I really enjoyed this month’s snacks and thought the interactive rating card was so unique to other snack boxes I have tried! I can’t wait to see what next month’s Universal Yums will feature!
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