Universal Yums “Indonesia” Review – July 2019


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Universal Yums July 2019 - Unopened Box 1

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 $15 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.

Universal Yums July 2019 - Unopened Box Side

This month’s box takes us to Indonesia!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Unopened Box 2

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.)

Universal Yums July 2019 - All Products Laidout

About Universal Yums

The Subscription Box: Universal Yums

The Cost: $25 a month + free US shipping. Save with a one-year subscription.

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 “Indonesia” July 2019 Review

I love Universal Yums and how I can explore new countries and cultures through food, without leaving the comfort of my own home! My family gets so excited for this box that we have to open it as soon as we retrieve it out of our mailbox!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Official Yum Awards

Upon opening the box, you are greeted with a beautifully illustrated map of Indonesia. This map includes fun facts, clip art, and information about some of the included items. On the back of this sheet, they include a ballot for “The Official Yum Awards.” This ballot can be filled out and posted on social media for a chance to win more of your favorite treats! It also includes a secret puzzle to solve, and a fun Indonesian game to learn!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Pamphlet Cover

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 Indonesia at its finest!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Papatonk Black Pepper Cassava Crackers Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Papatonk Black Pepper Cassava Crackers Opened

Papatonk Black Pepper Cassava Crackers

I am in love!! These crackers are made out of an underground vegetable called cassava (aka the tropical potato). These are loaded with fiber, and the black pepper taste explodes in your mouth. These were so tasty! Trying these first really set the bar high for the rest of the box!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Beng Beng White Wafer Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Beng Beng White Wafer Opened

Beng Beng White Wafer – Buy a 12 pack for $18.99

These delicious white chocolate and coconut coated wafers with cream filling really left me wanting more! We were lucky enough to receive 2, but it’s still not enough! I love that they were coated in real coconut, and didn’t have a fake or artificial taste. My family was very impressed!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Garlic Presto Corn Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Garlic Presto Corn Opened

Garlic Presto Corn

To be honest, I can’t stand corn nuts. I’m not quite sure why, but I just hate the smell of corn nuts when you first open the bag. These are the Indonesian version of corn nuts, covered in a garlic seasoning. While I love the garlic flavoring, I still don’t care for the corn nut itself. My kids weren’t impressed either. I’ll pass these along to my corn nut loving husband!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Deka Choco Banana Wafer Roll Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Deka Choco Banana Wafer Roll Opened

Deka Choco Banana Wafer Roll – Buy a 350g container for $4.25

I love chocolate, and I really like bananas. Put them together in a vanilla wafer and I am happy! These sweet treats are creamy, and delicious with just the right hint of banana flavor. While I appreciated this flavor combo, my kids did not; more for me!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Yupi Noodles Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Yupi Noodles Opened

Yupi Noodles 

Look at how adorable these novelty gummies are! They made the traditional Indonesian noodle dish mie goreng into a delicious gummy! These gummies were delightfully sour and had everyone fighting over them. (Both of my kids said these were the winners of the box.) I couldn’t find this exact product online, but go check out the Yupi website for other really cool candies! 

Universal Yums July 2019 - Vanelo Pandan Layer Cake Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Vanelo Pandan Layer Cake Opened

Vanelo Pandan Layer Cake 

This pandan flavored layer cake has cream filling and was quite good. The green coloring kind of scared my youngest son, but my oldest and I enjoyed it. The pandan was lightly sweet and perfect with a cup of tea!

Universal Yums July 2019 - TicTac Snack Grilled Beef Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - TicTac Snack Grilled Beef Opened

TicTac Snack Grilled Beef

How adorable are these little grilled beef-flavored tapioca snacks? These little balls look like cereal, but have a yummy, salty beef flavoring! We just ate these plain and enjoyed them. However, the information booklet states these are often sprinkled on soup, which I would really like to try- just not when it’s 90 degrees out! 

Universal Yums July 2019 - Deka Jumbo Cheese & Cheese Wafer Roll Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Deka Jumbo Cheese & Cheese Wafer Roll Opened

Deka Jumbo Cheese & Cheese Wafer Roll

We received 2 of these bright yellow packages of sweet wafer rolls with cheese filling, and I haven’t decided if that is a good thing or not. I love cheese, and I love cookies, but do I like them together? I’m still not sure. At first I didn’t, but then the flavor kind of grew on me. It’s definitely unlike anything I’ve ever eaten before! Maybe I’ll open the other one and see! 

Universal Yums July 2019 - Mayora Coffee Joy Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Mayora Coffee Joy Opened

Mayora Coffee Joy Buy a 180g pack for $11.99 

I very rarely drink coffee, so when I see a coffee-flavored snack I’m usually a little bummed out (as are my kids,) but these light, thin, crackers are amazing! The package smells strongly of coffee, but upon tasting, they are lightly sweet, and delicious, and sprinkled in sugar! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Yupi Milly Moos Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Yupi Milly Moos Opened

Yupi Milly Moos

My kids were sooo excited to try these cow-shaped gummies! They were fruity, creamy, and sweet. The perfect all-around gummy! I looked online to order, but noticed you are unable to order through the Yupi website. I’m going to keep searching, because my kids NEED more! 

Universal Yums July 2019 - Gulas Tamarind Candy Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Gulas Tamarind Candy Opened

Gulas Tamarind Candy – Buy three 5.2oz packs for $36.04

Tamarind comes from a tropical tree that is grown in Indonesia. The sour flavoring is used in this candy. I’ve never had tamarind before, but I gave it a whirl. It was definitely different, but tasted pretty good! My kids were too scared to try it, but I will definitely eat the rest of them!

Universal Yums July 2019 - Parago 2-in-1 Melon Milk Chewy Candy Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Parago 2-in-1 Melon Milk Chewy Candy Opened

Parago 2-in-1 Melon Milk Chewy Candy

Look at these cute little melon milk chewy candies! The bright wrapper features an adorable cow cartoon and a splash of milk! While I wasn’t sure what to expect out of a melon and milk flavor combination, I liked it! It was creamy and sweet with a slight milk flavor that made me want another one, but the kids had eaten them all! 

Universal Yums July 2019 - Yupi Cola Burger Unopened Universal Yums July 2019 - Yupi Cola Burger Opened

Yupi Cola Burger

We were ecstatic to see another Yupi gummy treat in this box, but were admittedly a little scared of this one. I’m all for a fruit-flavored gummy, but a Cola flavored one? Hmmm… they were surprisingly good! They tasted like cola, and almost seemed to taste fizzy! Another gummy for the win!

The Verdict: We always enjoy the Universal Yums box, and this month was no exception. The wonderful balance of sweet and savory treats from another country is amazing, as is the time they take to curate this box. I love the literature they send, and the way they make this experience so fun! We can’t wait to see where next month comes from. The included clue mentions crunchy sweet berries, and crispy spiced cones which have my mouth watering already!

Scorecard picks:

  • Best Yum: Yupi Noodles
  • Runner-up: Papatonk Black Pepper Cassava Crackers
  • Worst Yum: Deka Jumbo Cheese and Cheese Wafer Roll
  • Most Unusual: Gulas Tamarind 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 25 individually-wrapped snacks, which averages out to $1.00 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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15 Comments

  1. Thanks for your great reviews! I appreciate the detail you put into them. A friend told me about the Yum box, but your fun reviews made the difference. Now I’m a subscriber!

    I’ve enjoyed sampling my first box and trying some new Indonesian foods.

  2. Excellent review, Becca! I’ve subscribed in the past and got a sneak peek email from Universal Yums for this box. I debated but ultimately didn’t order, and now I’m sad—this sounds like such a delicious selection!

  3. Cola gummies are so tasty; I love the ones shaped like the little bottles. They even make sour cola bottles, which are great as well.

    • Thank you for commenting Amber! I will have to keep my eye out for those!!

  4. Most Mexican candy is made of tamarind. Anything with tamarindo they even make popsicles with it

    • Thanks for commenting Ashley S! Tamarind popsicles?! I’m going to look those up!

  5. I just started getting the box a couple of months ago and I’m loving it! I normally could care less about booklets and things being included, but this is one booklet I read cover to cover. I love learning about the different areas and it has so many interesting facts. I was not a fan of the cheese cookies (blech) but enjoyed most everything else. My favorite was the coffee crisps–so good (but I love coffee).

    • Don’t they do a great job Victoria? I also read it cover to cover. My kids love hearing all the little snippets they provide! I just ate the other package of coffee crisps yesterday, and I kinda wish I had more!! Thanks for commenting! ❤️

  6. My daughters nickname is Millie Moo. I too need to find these!!

    • Thanks for commenting Christina! I wish you luck in the gummy hunt, they are delicious! And that is an adorable nickname! ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Black pepper crackers were a big miss for me. They were so spicy. My mouth was on fire. My favorite was green cake and the coffee flavored snacks. I am still working through this box. Liking this one better than last month

    • Thank you for commenting Nat! Isn’t it funny how different our taste buds can be?! I agree about this box being better than last. I can’t wait to see where the next one is coming from!

    • I agree with everything you said here, the pepper crackers were way too intense for me! I really loved the tic tac snack (we were calling them beef kix lol) in addition to the green cake and coffee snacks. Such a fun box to experience every month.

  8. @Becca: I don’t know about other States, but in California, you can find a few variants of Yupi in some Asian Food stores, especially ones that sold South East Asian foods.

    • Thank you for commenting Callmeinge! While we have no Asian food stores near where I live- I will definitely keep my eye out when we head to the cities next! I need more Yupi treats!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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