Universal Yums “Colombia” Review – June 2019


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Universal Yums June 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 June 2019 - Unopened Box Side 2

This month’s box takes us to Colombia!

Universal Yums June 2019 - Unopened Box 3

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 June 2019 - All Products Laid out

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 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 “Colombia” June 2019 Review

Like I have said in previous reviews, I am not much of a traveler, so Universal Yums has been the perfect way for me and my family to experience different cultures, and learn about different countries, all from the comfort of our own home!

Universal Yums June 2019 - Official Yum Awards

When you first open this box, you are welcomed with a beautiful, colorful map of Colombia with facts, clip art, and information pertaining to some of the items in the box. On the back, they include a ballot for “The Official Yum Awards.” On this chart, you are able to rank each snack and post your results on your social media page by tagging @universalyums to win more of your favorite snacks! I like that they also include a secret puzzle to decipher, as well as a Colombian game to play! They really pull out all the stops with this box!

Universal Yums June 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 Colombia!

Universal Yums June 2019 - Turbana Garlic Plantain Chips Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - Turbana Garlic Plantain Chips Opened

Turbana Garlic Plantain Chips

I have to admit, I have never tried a plantain, but was delightfully surprised with how tasty these garlic flavored chips were! They look slightly like dehydrated bananas (FYI a banana and plantain are VERY different; bananas can be eaten raw, while plantain must be cooked for they are far too bitter to be eaten uncooked.) I would never have thought about them as chips, or to pair them with garlic for that matter, but they were crunchy and delicious! While I see they can be purchased in many stores in the US, I couldn’t find this particular variety online. I did find the sweet version here for purchase. A 7 oz bag is $2.99. (We received a 1.05 oz package.)

Universal Yums June 2019 - Bianchi Bar with Carmelo and Mani Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - Bianchi Bar with Carmelo and Mani Opened

Bianchi Bar with Carmelo and Mani

All I have to say is thank you Universal Yums for sending 2 of these delicious treats! These chocolate-coated caramel and peanut wafer bars are amazing! My son and I taste tested these together and I always let him have the first taste; I barely got a crumb of this one because he devoured it so fast!

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Rizadas Mayonesas

Honestly, I am more of a Miracle Whip gal, but I must say these mayonnaise flavored potato chips were a hit in our house! I loved the fact that they were ripple chips, with a great crunch, and a surprisingly tangy mayo flavoring! We found ourselves reaching for more and more of these chips until they were gone! I would definitely be happy to receive these again!

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Trululu Chocolores

I love gummy candy, pastels, and white chocolate, but I would never have thought to incorporate them all into one! The pamphlet states that these candies are used to celebrate a quinceañera (a girls 15th birthday) and I can definitely see why! These beautiful candies are delicious and just fun to look at! These definitely didn’t taste like anything I have ever eaten before, but my son and I enjoyed them! I did notice the pamphlet does state that excess consumption may have a laxative effect, so beware!

Universal Yums June 2019 - Maxcoco Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - Maxcoco Opened

Maxcoco – Buy 2 packs of 3 each for $16.99

Another hit for my family were these coconut cream filled wafers. My grandma always had the traditional pink, brown, and yellow wafers on hand for visits, but these coconut wafers were next level! They are perfectly crispy, with a light chocolate and coconut flavor in each bite.

Universal Yums June 2019 - Tocineta Limon Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - Tocineta Limon Opened

Tocineta Limon

I didn’t realize that Universal Yums has visited Colombia in the past (2015, 2017, and 2019). And it looks like each time they have included these bacon and lime flavored chips. The pamphlet also stated that every time they have been voted the “Top Yum!” I found these chips very interesting, and my son and I really enjoyed them. Hank really loved that they looked like little bacon pieces! The lime and bacon ratio was just perfect too!

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Galletas Maduritas

These sweet little plantain cookies were really a tasty dessert after the savory plantain chips! It really shows how versatile plantains can be! We found these cookies to taste similar to graham crackers, and my kids gobbled them up! (They also really enjoyed the monkey astronaut clip art on the packaging!)  

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Tosti Arepa

I lllloooovvveee these cheese and butter flavored corn tortilla chips! I didn’t notice the cheese flavor as much as the butter flavor, but these were tasty! They have the perfect crunch with an almost movie theatre popcorn butter flavor! Delish!

Universal Yums June 2019 - La Nina Papitas Limon Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - La Nina Papitas Limon Opened

La Nina Papitas Limon

Holy smokes do these pack a lime punch! These lime-flavored potato chips are perfectly crunchy and salty, but are a little too “limey” for my liking. My son said they should have put 2 scoops of lime flavoring in the bag. I asked him how many scoops of flavoring he thought they added and he said “over 50!” It was nice to receive such a large bag, (70 grams) I just wish we liked them more!

Universal Yums June 2019 - Trululu Gomitas Fresitas Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - Trululu Gomitas Fresitas Opened

Trululu Gomitas Fresitas – Retail Value $1.06

We usually follow the order of the pamphlet when trying our treats, so my son was disappointed these gummies were so far in the book because he wanted to eat them right away! When we finally got to them, he could hardly wait! These strawberry and cream gummies are coated in sugar and purely delicious! We were happy to see the package was large enough to share!

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Caja de Dulces Surtidos

I must say, this little box of specialty candy was what I was looking forward to trying most! It included milk caramel, coffee, guava, panela, orange, and coconut candies. I noticed all of these candies were VERY sweet- and have a slightly granular texture. My favorite was actually the coffee candy, while my son didn’t enjoy any of them. I tried finding these online, but couldn’t locate the exact assortment. A slightly different assortment can be found here for $8.59.

Universal Yums June 2019 - Passionfruit Bon Bon Bum Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - Passionfruit Bon Bon Bum Opened

Passionfruit Bon Bon Bum – Buy a pack of 24 for $9.59

We really enjoyed these passion fruit lollipops! Not only do they have a varying color/texture pattern throughout the sucker, but they also are filled with bubblegum! These were really sweet and delicious- a definite hit in our house!

Universal Yums June 2019 - Supercoco Tirudito Unopened Universal Yums June 2019 - Supercoco Tirudito Opened

Supercoco Tirudito

If you are a fan of coconut, you will be a fan of these! These long, chewy coconut candies start with a hard texture that slowly becomes soft. I found these to be really delicious and very addicting! I just love the roasted coconut and caramel flavor! I was going to save one for my dad to try, and well, that didn’t happen!

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Cafe Gurme

I am not the biggest coffee fan, but these coffee-flavored chews were pretty darn good! These soft chews melt in your mouth and have the perfectly balanced coffee flavor to be a tasty treat for even a non-coffee drinker!

The Verdict: We really enjoyed this month’s Universal Yums box! I can’t say enough about how well of a job they do curating this box. Between the pamphlet, the map, and the actual snacks, everything is tied together so well creating an entire experience for my non-traveling family! And although we didn’t love every snack, it is fun to try all these different items. We can’t wait to see where next month’s box will come from; the clue involves noodles, melons, and tamarind rinds!

Scorecard picks:

Best Yum: Bianchi Bar

Runner-up: Trululu Gomitas Fresitas

Worst Yum: La Nina Papitas Limon

Most Unusual: Tocineta Limon  

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 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 29 individually wrapped snacks, which averages out to $0.86 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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8 Comments

  1. This was my first universal yums. I haven’t been brave enough to try the mayo chips yet but my family has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the rest of the snacks. My fave was the passionfruit lolli. Great box!

    • Be brave and try those Mayo chips- they are surprisingly good! I agree about the lollipop- I need more!! I just love this subscription! Thanks for commenting Kim!!

  2. I need this Colombian box in my life, when is this company going to start shipping to other countries in Europe? I just emailed them to find out.

    • I hope they do soon for you! This box is super fun! We can’t wait for this month! Thanks for commenting! ❤️

  3. Great review! This was my second time getting the UY box and we are loving it. My son is home from college for the summer and we have thoroughly enjoyed reading the booklet together and he likes to do the puzzle. I enjoyed the coffee items so much being a huge coffee fan. I appreciated that the coconut items were a mix of coconut flavoring versus actually using coconut-which I’m mildly allergic to. The strawberry gummies were probably my son’s favorite as I ate ONE and he ate the rest. “Oops” says he. Hm. Overall, the cost is so worth the adventure and the background. Is it any wonder that I now want to visit South Korea and Columbia? LOL

    • Thank you so much for commenting Victoria! I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying UY as much as we are! And I so agree about the travel! I sort of feel like a snack professional after this box 🤣

  4. I have found that some of the more exotic flavored chips are not quite as overpowering and taste a lot better with a sandwich. Often I grab a pack from my yums box to go with my lunch, and there are a lot that on their own are a bit much, but with my usual turkey and cheese on a flatbread they taste pretty good.

    • Thanks for commenting Lisa! I should try that with the lime chips. I bet they would have been a little more balanced with a sandwich!

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