Universal Yums “Germany” Review – January 2019


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Universal Yums is a snack subscription box that sends out sacks and candies from a different country each month. Choose from the Yum Box for $14 a month, the Yum Yum Box for $25 a month, or the Super Yum Box for $39 a month. This month’s box takes us to Germany!

This review is of the Yum Yum box, which is $25 a 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.)

About Universal Yums

The Subscription Box: Universal Yums

The Cost: $25 a month + free US shipping

The Products: The contents of the boxes change each month as they 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

Universal Yums “Germany” January 2019 Review

This is my first box from Universal Yums. I visited Germany when I was in college and have fond memories of the food there, so I was excited to see if anything in this box looked familiar!

When you open the box and pull off the flag that tops the snacks, flip it over and you’ll see there’s a grid you can use to rank your favorite and least favorite snacks. If you upload your ballot on social media tagging @universalyums, you’ll have a chance at winning a free box of goodies!

This detailed guide book includes info (including an ingredient list in English) on each of the items. There are also facts about some tourist attractions, trivia, a recipe, and more. 

Ready to dive in?

Lorenz Curly Classic Peanut Butter Puffs

Believe it or not, the first snack I explored is one I’ve had before, but not in Germany; rather, as part of a snack subscription box here in the US! While it’s a bit of an unexpected combo—peanut butter on a classic corn puff—there are no surprises as far as flavor goes. They truly do just taste peanut butter-y and crunchy…a nice savory snack.

Shokomonk Poppy Seed White Chocolate Bar & Hedgehog Slice Chocolate Bar

Who likes a little crunch in their chocolate? That’s just what these two bars offer. Both are flavors I’ve never tried! I wasn’t sure what to expect from the poppy seed bar and was pleased to find the poppies didn’t add any unusual flavor, just that satisfying crunch amid the white chocolate. “Hedgehog,” I learned from the booklet, refers to a German dessert that layers biscuits and chocolate. So, that bar gave a bit of a different crunch, more of a cookie-ish one. Both were so good!

Zitrone Waffeln Wafer Cookies

Oh my gosh, I got such a nostalgic feeling seeing these! Who else stole a wafer from the grocery store as a kid? These are a bit of an upgrade with their lemon flavor. They’re really deliciously sweet and flavorful! My husband prefers the old school flavors over these, but I myself can’t stop eating them.

XOX Swiebels Onion Flavored Corn Rings

This snack is a lot like Funyuns for any onion-lovers out there. They’re light and very salty, and I found them to be just OK. There wasn’t anything unusual about them, and they just left my fingers all covered in onion-flavored flakes.

Hazelnut Sun Rice Snack

January’s box treated us to not one but two of these yummy snacks! They’re sort of like a toned-down version of a chocolate-covered Rice Krispies treat, with a crunchy and slightly sticky puffed center and milk chocolate on top. Pretty straightforward!

Konditor Marzipan Stollen Fruit Cake with Raisins

This looks like your classic insanely-delicious-but-truly indulgent snack cake that you’d get at a gas station. But snazzed up with marzipan! When it comes to baked goods, I’m more into the freshly baked stuff, but I gave this a bite and it was the dense, sweet dessert one would hope for it to be!

XOX Schinken & Kase Knuffels Ham and Cheese Corn Snack

More puffs! These ones are ham and cheese flavored, and, of course, turn your fingers orange in that satisfying (if you’re in the mood) way that snacks like this do. I couldn’t quite detect the ham flavor in these, but I had fun knowing it was meant to be in there as a nod to the classic German go-to food!

Himbeer Creme Schokolade Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Cream

How could you possibly go wrong with this amazing treat? I love dark chocolate, and while I’m not always one to reach for fruity fillings, the creamy raspberry center of this bar is insanely good. I don’t know what else to say. Just, yum!

Gewurz Mandeln Chocolate-Coated Almonds

This is a snack I’ve indulged in versions of many a time and always told myself it was a health food. Because, almonds! This variety has a mocha-ish taste to it with a light cinnamon coating. They’re pretty hard not to eat all in one sitting! Supposedly this snack is sold fresh in paper cones at the German Christmas markets…oh my gosh, I would not be able to control myself!

Each month, Universal Yums includes a “yum bag” filled with a few types of individually wrapped candies.

This month’s includes Mr. Blubber Lucky “Gluck” Coins and Bohme Sour Fruit Toffees. The Lucky Coins are similar to Smarties in a way, with sherbet-inspired flavors. The sour fruit chewy candies are similar to Starbursts. I like that they’re all white instead of artificially colored.

The Verdict: Well, yum! Universal Yums totally kept me interested as I explored German snacks both familiar and new to me. I enjoyed the mix of sweet and savory options, as well as the range of “classier” snacks to junk food.

If I were to fill out the scorecard from above, here’s what I would choose:

  • Best Yum: Zitrone Waffeln Wafer Cookies
  • Runner-Up: Himbeer Creme Schokolade Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Cream
  • Worst Yum: XOX Swiebels Onion Flavored Corn Rings
  • Most Unusual: Shokomonk Poppy Seed White Chocolate Bar

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, you will receive the February box, which ships 2/15.

Value Breakdown: This box is $25.00 a month (including shipping). I received 11 varieties of snacks, which averages out to $2.27 per item.

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Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen stepped into the world of subscription boxes by signing up for Graze. After her world was changed (for the better, obviously) by a steady delivery of amazing snacks, she realized she needed to expand her horizons to include deliveries of eco-friendly products, clothes, and beyond.

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8 Comments

  1. This looks sooo yummy!! Thanks for the awesome review! I have 2 snacks boxes already.. I need to stay off this site! LOL :p

    • They’re dangerous, those snack boxes! Thanks for reading!

  2. This is really cool i just signed up for February!

    • Yayyy! Can’t wait to see what country they feature!

  3. I love this box. We’ve been getting the Super Yum for about eight months now -it’s fun and of course yummy. 😋

    • You know what’s up. 🙂 Thanks for reading my review!

  4. This would be great to do as a family to dive deep I to different countries.

    • Our family LOVES Universal Yums. We all get so exited when the box arrives, especially my daughter. I find this box to be superior to Snackcrate. We don’t just eat snacks, but read the booklet about them, learn some history about the country and play the games. It’s such a nice and educational evening. I highly recommend this box to any families with children, especially if you want to widen their horizons. Lol

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