Universal Yums “Austria” Review – October 2019
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.
This month’s box takes us to Austria!
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 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 are included.
Ships to: The U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and Israel
Universal Yums “Austria” October 2019 Review
Universal Yums is so much fun! I love how this is such a hands-on experience for my family. Not only do we get to eat new and fun treats, but we also get to learn about a new country. We adore this box!
Upon opening the box, you are greeted with a fun, illustrated map of Austria. It includes fun trivia and awesome clipart that really brings the box alive! On the opposing side they include “The Official Yum Awards.” This ballot is where you can cast your vote for the best, 2nd best, worst, and weirdest snacks in the box. If you post your ballot on social media, you have a chance to win more of your favorite snacks! They also included a secret puzzle to decode and a game called Feuer, Wasser, Sturm, Blitz to play!
Here 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! I love the bright colors and fun fonts they use to create this- it really engages everyone in my family!
Let’s experience Austria at its finest!
Kelly’s Paprika Chips
The first item we tried this month were these paprika chips. They were perfectly crunchy and salty, but with a smoky, spicy flair. The kids and I agreed these were a win! If we didn’t eat the entire bag “sampling,” I totally would have smashed them up and sprinkled them on top of my cheesy potato casserole!
Pischinger Mandel Ecken
When they said this box was packed with chocolate, they were not joking! We received this 4.23 oz bag of almond cream-filled wafers coated in milk chocolate and almonds, and I am definitely not mad about it! I love anything with a wafer, and when you throw nuts and chocolate into the mix, I am sold. These do have a pretty strong almond flavor, so if you aren’t a fan of almond you probably won’t like these, but I sure did!
Next we have this interesting little puffed corn peanut snack. While I expected them to be sweet and sugary, I found them to be rich and savory with the flavor of salted peanuts. I can’t say I loved these, but they were definitely interesting to try!
Big Banana Chocolate Bar
Well this is an interesting snack… this banana-shaped treat is made of dark chocolate with banana mousse filling! I love banana cream pie, and banana splits, but this snack seemed to have a really fake banana flavor to it. It almost tasted like an apple/banana mix to me. While it wasn’t my favorite snack in the box, I did appreciate the cute shape, and my kids devoured it!
Like I said above, I am a huge fan of wafers, so this next Yum was one of my favorites! This particular wafer is filled with strawberry cream and chocolate and is DELICIOUS! I love how good the strawberry cream was- it wasn’t fake tasting at all. I was happy to see 2 in this box, but could’ve gone for even more!
Bobby Caramel Bar
This candy bar had me at caramel! Not only does it have caramel nougat, but it also has crispy wheat rice AND is smothered in milk chocolate. All of that together equals deliciousness! I really wish there would have been more of these bars… this one was a good size candy bar, but my kids scarfed this down faster than you could say “Bobby!”
My son Charlie couldn’t wait to open this “cookie” and I have to say we were pleasantly surprised. While I usually eat gingerbread in the form of men at Christmas time, I really enjoyed this soft gingerbread with hazelnuts, almonds, candied orange, and sugar glaze. All of those flavors really tie together to form a tasty “cookie!” Charlie gave it 2 thumbs up!
Nut Joe Haselnuss Waffel
Yes, yes, yes! Bring me all of the wafers and all the hazelnuts, please! I love this combo and this Yum surely delivered! This extra-crispy wafer is topped with chopped hazelnuts and rich chocolate, which is just a recipe for heaven! This was definitely my favorite, and next time please send 10!
Kelly’s Creamy Onion Mini Fritts
We have had A LOT of sweets in this box, so this savory treat was a nice change of pace. These onion flavored potato snacks are salty, crunchy, oniony, and delicious. They are so cute, they look like mini French fries! While they taste amazing on their own, I am saving some of these to put on top of that cheesy potato casserole I was talking about earlier…..
I really, really, really wanted to like these dark chocolate coated strawberry mousse candies, but I just didn’t. I love a real chocolate coated strawberry, but these had such an artificial tart flavored filling that I just couldn’t finish it. I do like the strawberry shape, and while my kids didn’t care for them either, I bet someone at work will eat them right up!
Hooray! More chocolate! I found this 30% cacao milk chocolate bar to be extremely smooth and silky, with the perfect amount of sweetness. It really is mouthwatering! I really need to get my hands on some more of these because it was just plain delicious!
Cool Mint Lemon
I have to say I still don’t know how I feel about this Yum. It is a box of lemon peppermint patties with a chocolate coating. You read that right: lemon + peppermint + chocolate. The zingy lemon flavor is initially apparent with the cool peppermint, and I don’t know if I like it. My kids hated this one, but I am still undecided. I kind of like it but at the same time, I kind of don’t? Let me know what you thought!
The Verdict: We love Universal Yums so much! Each month the box is curated so wonderfully. Our family not only enjoys the treats, but the literature they include as well. This box has done a fantastic job giving my 4- and 6-year-old boys a glimpse of countries and cultures we otherwise may never experience! While there were quite a few treats we didn’t particularly care for this month, that is just part of the fun! I did notice this month didn’t have as many snacks as usual, but a lot of them were larger- which is fine with me! Each and every month we wait for the white and blue box to arrive in our mailbox. We can’t wait to see where the next box comes from! The clue states: “Our next destination boasts great works of art, mosaic lizards, melting clocks – and that’s just the start! Even the Yums are masterpieces, with flavors so bold, from smoky-sweet chili to chocolate caramel gold!” Any ideas?
Score card picks:
- Best Yum: Nut Joe Haselnuss Waffel
- Runner-up: Vollmich Schokolade
- Worst Yum: Schoko-Erdbeeren
- Most Unusual: Cool Mint Lemon
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 13 individually wrapped snacks, which averages out to $1.92 per item.
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