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Universal Yums “Poland” Review – January 2020

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 Poland. Let’s dive in a discover what Poland has to offer!

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.

Ships to: The U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and Israel

Universal Yums “Poland” January 2020 Review

Universal Yums is a blast! 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 and look forward to it arriving each and every month!

Side note: Because I have adapted to a low-carb lifestyle, my husband and 2 sons tasted all of these treats and shared their opinions with me for review purposes.

Upon opening the box, you are greeted with a fun, animated sheet that welcomes us to the wonderful country of Poland! On the backside, they include “The Official Yum Awards.” This ballot is where you can cast your vote for your favorite and not so favorite snacks in the box. If you post your ballot on social media, you could win more of your favorite snacks!

 

Next, we have a detailed pamphlet that is packed with information about this month’s snacks, trivia, a matching game, a recipe, and a clue to next month’s box!

 

Monster Munch Original

How cute are these little ghost-shaped chips?! My kids were OBSESSED with these! I did have a tiny nibble and found them to be extremely airy and crunchy with the perfect hint of saltiness. Hank compared these to a fluffier version of a Lay’s original potato chip, but loved the ghost shape so much he had to take a baggie full of them to school to show his classmates!

 

Tago Delice Meringues

I always get excited for the large boxes they sometimes send in this subscription, and this was one of those. In this pretty box, we found 10 disk-shaped meringue cookies with creamy nut filling and a dark chocolate drizzle. They were very pretty, but also a bit “dusty” from travel. My husband described these as being crispy, light, and nutty, with the perfect hint of chocolate. My kids both loved these and gave them two thumbs up!

 

E. Wedel Ptasie Mleczko – Buy a 13.4 oz package for $10.99

Funny story about this treat: my 4-year-old thought it looked gross and wasn’t going to try it. I read him the description of “dark chocolate covered vanilla marshmallow” and I honestly haven’t seen him run so fast to nab a snack up in my life! He excitedly declared this was the best treat in the whole box! Hank and my husband thought the outer layer of chocolate was the perfect ratio and really enjoyed the soft marshmallow inside. I will definitely have to buy a package for Charlie’s birthday!

 

Dr. Gerard Apricot Mini Cake

I have to say, I think this is the prettiest snack we received this month. This glazed sponge cake with cream filling and apricot jam looks like a million bucks! Usually, we aren’t fans of sponge cake in packages, but the sponge cake layered with the cream filling and apricot jam glazed in chocolate just made the best combination. Not only did it look amazing, but it tasted amazing too! My boys gobbled this right up and searched the box for more!

 

Papryka Crunchips Sticks – Buy a 175 g package for $8.00

We’ve become accustomed to receiving little sticks like these in this subscription, and we’re not mad about it! These crunchy little paprika flavored potato sticks are packed with flavor and are extremely addictive. I had to cut the kids off before they were all gone!

 

Wawel Nut Break 

I have to admit, this bar was soooo hard to resist after I heard the oohing and ahhing of my family trying it! This bar is milk chocolate with salted peanut filling. I am a peanut addict, as are my kids, and they had a hard time just eating one square. The chocolate was not only creamy and smooth, but the peanut filling added the perfect amount of saltiness to balance the chocolate. Do they make a sugar free version?!

 

Rarytas Crackers

Because I am a cracker addict, I just had to take a tiny sliver of a bite. To my surprise, I couldn’t identify the flavor of the little black specks. I then come to find out, it is black cumin seeds. These seeds look like pepper, smell like fennel, and taste like nutmeg! No wonder I couldn’t identify it! They were delicious, and it was hard to stop at that small nibble, but my kids dove right in and sampled quite a few with smiles on their faces!

 

Piernickzki Basniowe

Hooray for another big package! These chocolate covered gingerbread cookies with apple filling sounded and looked very appetizing, but each of my kids took one bite and went straight to the garbage can to spit it out. That is never a good sign! Because when someone tells you it’s so bad you have to taste it, my husband felt obligated to give it a fair chance, and he too hit the garbage can. What a disappointment! I was told these were wayyy too strong and spicy tasting. While it’s beautiful, I will be bringing these to work to share with people who may have a more sophisticated palate than us!

 

Wawel Milkizz

We love chocolate and were so excited to come across yet another chocolate bar. This time it was a milk chocolate bar with sweetened condensed milk filling. This bar contained 6 separate segments, which equaled out to 2 per person, and my kids decided that was not enough. They found the chocolate and condensed milk filling a perfect combination and even asked dad for his share!

 

Beskidzkie Paluscki

Now, this is an interesting combo: pretzel sticks with poppy seeds? I love me a poppy seed muffin, or poppy seed bagel, but have never thought of adding them to pretzels! My family had conflicting feelings about this Yum. My husband and oldest son thought it was awful, but my picky 4-year-old loved them. They were quite messy with the loose poppy seeds, which may be added to the appeal for my son, but he packed some for school, saying they were crunchy and tasty!

 

Czekoladowa Mieszankia Imieninowa

In the most recent Universal Yums boxes, the “Yum Bag” filled with little candies has been excluded. After mass backlash, they brought back the white bag filled with little goodies, and this is what we received: 2 chocolate candies filled with strawberry filling and two chocolate candies filled with blackcurrant filling. Because my kids are outdoorsmen, they likened the looks of these treats to deer scat but were eager to give them a shot. After one bite, they both looked defeated. It was not a candy they enjoyed, and they very kindly saved the rest for dad to try. He thought they were chewy and chocolatey, but not his absolute favorite.

Krowka Wypasiona Mleczna

The last treat in this month’s box were four of these little packages of cream fudge. As I read the description, my sons were thrilled to hear this is Poland’s most beloved candy. They couldn’t wait to give it a try. Turns out, they thought the cream, butter, and sugar mixture was too grainy and too sweet. I had my husband try it and he felt it was more like caramel than fudge, but enjoyed the flavor. I swear I saw him even sneak a couple in his lunch pail, so they had to have been pretty good!

The Verdict: We really love Universal Yums, and this month was a hit! Every month we are impressed with the curation and the time they spend perfecting this box. It is not only a snack box but an entire experience for my family. My kids couldn’t wait to open this box, and my husband found a lot of treats he really enjoyed. While we didn’t love every single item in this box, it was one of our favorites and it is always fun to try new and different things! I love how it teaches my kids to be open and excited about different cultures and countries! We can’t wait to see where the February box will come from. Our next destination hint is this: “‘Je t’aime!’ the man said, and the woman looked up. But what she saw was him gazing at his empty soup cup. Where we’re headed next, the Yums steal hearts away- Salty caramels, rich truffles, and cheesy souffle!” Where could it be from?!

Scorecard picks:

  • Best Yum: Monster Munch
  • Runner-up: E. Wedel Ptasie Mleczko
  • Worst Yum: Piernickzki Basniowe
  • Most Unusual: Beskidzkie Paluscki

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 16 individually wrapped snacks, which averages out to $1.56 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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Comments (15)

  1. After 2 years away, I gave in and reupped for a year. Looking forward to France.

  2. Thanks Becca for this excellent review!
    Being from Poland myself I can confirm all items in the box are total staples in Polish homes and enjoyed for generations. It made me homesick to see them all listed in one box.
    It was so fun to read a take on by somebody who never tasted them. Interesting you found the gingerbreads too spicy, I never noticed them as such, in Poland kids devour these, especially at Xmas. Acquired taste? My personal favorites are Ptasie Mleczko (choco covered marshmallows).
    Seeing how authentic this box is I signed up for the sub thanks to your review. I’m now eager to find out what other countries snack staples will be!

  3. Universal Yums is without a doubt my favorite sub box. My hubby and I are enjoying trying snacks from around the world. My fave in this month’s Poland box is definitely the gingerbread heart cookies. Sorry to disagree with the reviewer but they just are. So looking forward to the February box. Possibly from the county who boasts the city of love?♥️

    • Thank you so much Carolyn for commenting! I’m glad you love this sub box as much as I do. I wish we would have liked the gingerbread cookies! They were absolutely beautiful! If I would have known I would have sent them your way! Thanks again!

  4. My husband and I LOVED this box! It’s interesting to see what others thought because we really liked many of the yums that others didn’t. We loved the gingerbread filled with apple, the meringues, the monster munch, the small chocolate candies, paprika potato sticks, and the apricot mini cake. The only major miss for us was the poppy seed pretzel sticks. I wish we could afford a second box because this was one of our favorites!

  5. This was my favorite box! I ordered another!

  6. We subscribe to the Super Yum box and have loved it. You get a few misses for sure but most things are good if not great and it’s fun to try new things. They do a great job of explaining the product and giving info on the country of the month.
    That said though; ordering through their store to get specific products from past boxes was the worst! I ordered three things and there is a flat $5.99 shipping charge. Ten days after my order was placed (and paid for) I was informed that two of the products were out of stock and I would get a refund. I would never have ordered only one thing that is almost the same cost as the shipping, so boo to that. And then the tracking link kept saying my order was still awaiting the package at the shipping company but it turns out it was very slowly making its way to us. It took over half a month for it to finally arrive. I sent an email to let them know that it was not the best experience but the response was that they’ll pass on what I said.
    So totally sign up for the subscription but be very wary of ordering from the store!

  7. Not a fan of the Poland box. Last month was a lot better. I’m hoping France will be better. Still haven’t finished all my yums, so hoping something will be good.

  8. I’ve been with UY for a few months now and this one was a miss for me. Very heavy on the chocolate and all the chocolate (with the exception of the meringues) had the same kind of flavor that I didn’t enjoy. I haven’t gotten the courage to try the gingerbread cookies yet, mainly bc I’m leery of the apple filling.

    I liked the paprika sticks ok, but the crackers and poppy seed sticks were dry and on the bland side to me. Nothing really wowed me this month. I guess Poland and I aren’t meant to be!

    I will say that the marshmallow filling on the one treat was some of the best marshmallow I’ve ever had, so thumbs up on that!

  9. Is it possible with cookies and candies to cut in half so we can see what they look like?

    • I’d really like that, too!

      • Lori and Kristin, I will do that next month! Thanks for commenting! ❤️

    • I liked the gingerbread hearts, hated the condensed milk chocolate bar.

  10. So far so good with tasting this box. We like everything so far.I can’t wait to see what we think of the gingerbread. We love spicy around our house. This is truly a fun box for the whole family!

    • Thanks for commenting Jody! I hope you like those gingerbread hearts more than we did! ❤️ You’ll have to let me know what you thought!

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