Universal Yums “South Korea” Review – May 2019


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Universal Yums is a snack subscription box that sends out snacks 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 review is of the Yum Yum box, which is $25 a month.

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This month’s box takes us to South Korea!

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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.)

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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., Australia, and Israel

Universal Yums “South Korea” May 2019 Review

I have never been to South Korea, but I did have a pen pal from South Korea in elementary school that used to send little snacks; I was excited to see if I recognized anything in this month’s box! I love that I can experience a culture without even leaving my kitchen!

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Upon opening the box, you are greeted with a large, colorful map of South Korea with fun facts and clip art. On the back of the map, you will find “The Official Yum Awards” sheet. This chart is where you are able to rank each snack and post on your social media page for a chance to win more snacks! There is also a secret puzzle and a game to play!

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Next, we have a detailed pamphlet including all of this month’s snacks, ingredient lists, fun trivia, a recipe, and a clue to next month’s box!

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Let’s experience South Korea!

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Tteokbokki Snacks – Retail Value $2.00

Whoa! These sweet and spicy wheat snacks are crunchy and delicious!! They have a slight honey barbeque flavor at first and then pack a little spicy punch! This was one of my families favorites!

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Green Tea Choco Pie, 2 – Total Retail Value $2.00 ($1.00 each)

These chewy chocolate and marshmallow pies feature a very strong green tea flavor. We would have enjoyed them a lot more if the green tea had been omitted. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and marshmallow, but unless you are a fan of green tea, you probably won’t enjoy these.

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Almond Pepero – Buy a 4.51 oz multipack for $4.99

I am in love with these chocolate and almond coated biscuit sticks! They are so tasty and crunchy, with the perfect amount of sweetness. I only wish there were more!

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Sweet and Sour Chewy Strawberry Flavored Chews

Here we have another family favorite! These little chews are chewy and sweet with the perfect zing of sour! They are sort of like a starburst, but with a stronger, more natural strawberry flavor. Sooo tasty!

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Chamssal Sengua

These salty and flavorful soy sauce rice crackers are really good! They made for an excellent savory snack after all of our sweet treats.

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Cosmos Choco Corn

These chocolate and coconut flavored corn puffs taste like an upscale version of a coco puff with coconut. They were very airy and light and really good. They do look slightly unfortunate though: my son said these looked like cat poop.

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Couque D’Asse White Torte – Buy a 10.15 oz pack for $6.49

These delicate sweet biscuits are filled with mascarpone cream and are absolutely divine! They have a perfect balance of sweet and salty but are so fragile, they arrived broken. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t discriminate and ate every last crumb, but it would have been nice to experience a full biscuit!

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Cheddar Cheese Kettle Chips

We are big fans of kettle chips, and these ones were awesome! They were super crunchy, and packed with a “real” cheddar cheese flavor! My boys loved these and wanted more!

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Crown Blueberry Vic Pie

The next treat we tried was this chocolate covered cookie with blueberry jam filling. I’m not quite sure how I felt about it, there just seemed to be too many flavors going on. My kids thought they were okay but didn’t ask to have another.

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Choco Heim – Retail Value $1.00

These chocolate and hazelnut cream filled wafers are light and airy and delicate. They taste similar to a couple of other snacks in this box, which I definitely enjoy! And the packaging is so pretty!

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Hot Gangjung Chicken Snack

Now, this is my favorite snack!! I was a little apprehensive because it says “contains meat,” but I am so glad I gave these a chance. They look like popcorn chicken and taste like a sweet and sour crispy chicken chip. You have to try these!!

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Jeju Tangerine Jelly Gummy

These tangerine flavored gummies remind me of an orange slice candy. They are soft and vibrant and sweet. My kids liked these, but they weren’t my favorite.

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Mammos Rice Candy

This candy is sooo strange. It is slightly sweet yet savory in a hard candy. I did not like this one bit. My son tried it and spit it out. It was fun to try something so different, but I will be giving the other candies away.

The Verdict: This month’s Universal Yums box was a really good one! They do such a great job at making receiving this box an entire experience. We learned so much about South Korea and loved tasting snacks that they eat across the world. My kids were just asking when this box was going to come, so they definitely look forward to it each month. We can’t wait to see where the next box will come from, especially because the clue says it involves bacon!!!

Score card picks:

  • Best Yum: Hot Gangjung Chicken Snack
  • Runner-up: Almond Pepero
  • Worst Yum: Mammos Rice Candy
  • Most Unusual: Mammos Rice Candy

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No. Each month they ship your box no later than the 15th day of the month. The first month you will receive a box varies based on availability and may depend on the size that you order.

Value Breakdown: This box is $25.00 a month (including shipping). I received 22 individual snacks, which averages out to $1.14 per item.

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Written by Becca Peterson

Becca Peterson

While I am taking a time-out from being a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, I am currently staying at home with my 2 sweet boys! My first subscription was Julep thanks to happening upon the MSA website, and it all went downhill from there! I have subscribed to Ipsy, Boxycharm, Degustabox, Julep, Graze, Bluum, Walmart, and more because I love a good surprise! I truly am a subscription addict!

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3 Comments

  1. I also thought that the one snack looked like cat poop. Lol!

    • Thanks for commenting Melissa! My kids thought it was so funny they saved a bag to show my mom! It was actually tasted pretty good, and was worth the laugh! 😆

  2. We got the Super Yum Box for the first time this month (we have 5 people in our family who all want a try) and everyone really liked everything so far. I have to say, you didn’t miss much by not getting the cola chips, those were so weird and strange. We were happy to have gotten to the opportunity to try the weirdness, but eeeg, its probably the first bag of chips that I have had to throw away in my house that still had chips in it!!

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