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Universal Yums “Thailand” Review – July 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 Thailand! Let’s dive in and discover this month’s Yums!

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 “Thailand” July 2020 Review

Universal Yums is always a box we look forward to, and we couldn’t wait to see what was coming from Thailand! As our summer has been turned upside down due to everything happening in the world, we have been spending a lot of time at home looking for new ways to stay entertained. While we always get excited to see this box, receiving mail is our main source of excitement these days, and anytime it contains a snack, we are thrilled! How did the Thailand snacks fare? Keep reading on to see!

Each month we receive a brightly animated map detailing the country our Yums are coming from. This month our map features a beautiful tiger lurking in the bushes. On the opposing side, we have the “Yum Scoreboard” which includes a list of all of the boxes contents and an area for you to rate them. Not only is this a scorecard, but it also lists snacks that were rejected from the box, along with the chance to vote on an upcoming box. I am totally voting for Croatia!

 

Here we have the detailed pamphlet that includes tons of information about Thailand itself and the treats they sent this month. I love reading the history info and doing the trivia with my boys! I really enjoy the summaries they write for each individual snack, the history, and the fun facts! It makes this into an entire experience! The back includes items they sell in the Yum Shop, but again, no spoilers. You have to follow them on Instagram or Facebook for a clue…

 

Z Roll Farm Friend Shrimp & Salad Cream – Buy a 4-pack for $4.80

To start our adventure through Thailand, our first snack was this seaweed-wrapped potato stick with fried shrimp and mayo flavoring. I have to say, I have never eaten any type of sushi or seaweed, and I am just not a fan of any type of fish/seafood, BUT as much as I didn’t want to, I did give this snack a try. The crunchy seaweed encased the large potato stick and the mouthful had a very fishy flavor. I couldn’t detect any type of mayo cream flavoring, but I could definitely taste the shrimp! While I felt this snack tasted more like how my betta fish’s food flakes smell and was not a fan, my 5-year-old thought this was delicious.

Hartbeat Pineapple – Buy a 3-pack for $4.80

Back in October of last year, we received these heart-shaped hard candies in the Halloween Box and I can say I was happy to receive a few more! In Thailand when you buy fruit from a local vendor, they will give you a complimentary packet of salt and spices to be sprinkled on top for an extra-mouthwatering flavor explosion. These pineapple candies are filled with salt and are the perfect mix of sweet and salty. While I haven’t tried it yet, I think this would be a delicious candy to eat after a shot of one’s favorite tequila!

 

Hartbeat Lime Gummies

Speaking of tequila, these salty lime gummies remind me of a refreshing lime margarita without the alcohol! These cream-colored gummy strips are perfectly limey and sweet, with a rush of salt! I love the description from the pamphlet: “With these salty lime gummies, prepare for your taste buds to be transported to the summery beaches of Thailand. (Though adults may be transported to a tequila-tinged night of the past.)” These definitely brought back some memories of my 30th birthday!! Yikes.

 

Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream & Mango – Buy a 3-pack for $5.40

Check out this interesting snack…because my dad is a pretty picky guy, our dinner rotation was filled with a lot of meat and potatoes growing up. We did have white rice with pork chops on occasion, but I can say I have never had sticky rice before. As a lover of dessert, I didn’t realize that mango sticky rice is Thailand’s most beloved dessert! This piqued my interest and while I was a little scared of the appearance I just had to give it a whirl. We tried this sticky rice both room temperature and microwaved, and I can say that it did taste better microwaved. The rice truly is sticky and it stayed in the shape of a bar for its entirety. I found the rice to be chewy and a bit flavorless until the chunks of mango came through. It slightly reminded me of mango coconut oatmeal, and while it wasn’t terrible, I just wasn’t a fan.

 

Suthera Banana Coconut Roll – Buy a 4-pack for $4.80

How pretty are these little banana coconut rolls? Included in this package were 6 little rolls that were perfectly crispy and lightly browned. Upon initial taste, I found these were very similar to the Norwegian Krumkake that my grandma used to make. It tastes slightly like a waffle ice cream cone, but this version has a pretty potent banana and coconut flavor which I really enjoyed. These would definitely be a great addition broken up on the top of some French vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel, because you know, why not!

 

Tasto Sweet & Spicy Crisps – Buy a 10-pack for $6.00

I love sweet and spicy snacks, especially if the sweet is more powerful than the spice. These sweet garlic wheat crisps came in a small baggie pumped with tons of air, so they were well protected, but only contained a very small amount of crisps. I found the hexagon shapes very cute and the baked-on glaze was exactly what I was hoping for. These crisps were very sweet with only a little bit of spice and were so good. The garlic was a great addition, and this tiny bag lasted me and my boys only mere seconds before disappearing!!

Orchard Banana Chews

When I read that these chews were made of steamed bananas I was a bit confused as this to me looked like a chocolate treat. To get this rich brown color, perfectly ripe bananas are stirred in a high-heat steamer, mixed with sugar, and packaged in a thick, freshness-preserving wrapping to create this specific treat. I can attest that these extremely gooey and chewy morsels do not taste like a fake banana, they are the real deal tasting rich and pretty dang good. The kids weren’t the biggest fans, but I didn’t have a problem gobbling them up.

 

Tasto Salt & Sour Potato Chips – Buy a 6-pack for $4.20

Here we have another small bag pumped full of air for protection! These salty lemon potato chips are just that, lemony and salty for a peculiar taste that I just can’t decide if I love or hate. While they are crunchy like a regular potato chip, and almost have a salt and vinegar note, the lemon really shines through for an interesting flavor. Like I said above, I just don’t know how I feel about them, but I also can’t stop eating them, so maybe I need another bag to decide!

 

Tasto Devil Potato Chips – Buy a 2-pack for $4.60

Holy moly rocky, they weren’t joking when they listed these as some seriously spicy chips. These Thai chili pepper potato chips are described as “searing” and are flavored with real Thai chili peppers, which are 15 times hotter than jalapeños. Not only do these chips have some serious spice in the chip itself, but they also contain dried bits of them throughout the bag! I like a conservative amount of spice, but wanted to give these a shot and took a small chip. I found them to be very spicy and was glad to have a glass of milk on standby! My 5-year-old and 7-year-old both wanted to give them a go as well and went for the big chips…they too drank about 2 glasses of milk each to cool down their tongues but were telling their dad all about how delicious they were so he would try them. While he wasn’t a fan, he works with a guy that is obsessed with spice and shared them with him. His reaction was that the flavor was awesome, but the dried bits kind of had a weird texture. I’ll stick to the sweet and spicy wheat crisps!

 

Glendee Coconut Chips Sea Salt & Caramel – Buy a 3-pack for $5.40

As a lover of Almond Joys, my interest was piqued when I saw this large-sized bag of salted caramel coconut chips in this box. I am happy to report these were top notch!! The crunch of the dried coconut paired with the creaminess of the caramel and sea salt was the perfect combination that left me wanting more. As I write this, I totally think these chips crushed up into smaller pieces and added to some coconut cookies would be fantastic. I may have to order more just to give it a try!

Calipzo Corn Flavoured Candy 

Did you know creamy corn chews are one of Thailand’s most popular candies? These sweet corn chews are just that, extremely chewy and sweet with a real corn flavoring that leaves my taste buds saying “why?!” I LOVE sweet corn. Give me a knife full of butter and a salt shaker with a saucepan full of fresh sweet corn and I am happy as a clam, but this candy was just not one that I found worth the calories. It really does taste like sweet corn, so I will give them an A for effort, but they just didn’t do it for me.

 

Chocky Wafer Shibuya Honey Toasted Flavour Cream – Buy a 2-pack for $4.00

The description of this tasty treat says it’s based on Japanese honey toast, which is a dessert made by brushing a whole loaf of soft bread with butter and honey, caramelizing it in the oven, and topping it with a huge, melty scoop of vanilla ice cream. If that description doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will!! These cute square wafers surprisingly do taste quite like that description. I definitely get a butter and honey flavor with the crunchiness of the wafer, finished with a soft hint of vanilla to really encompass the honey toast! I was happy to see this bag was a bit on the larger size as our family thoroughly enjoyed these!

The Verdict: We love Universal Yums and couldn’t wait to see what we would receive this month! Because I can’t resist a spoiler, I was checking all their social media pages daily to see where this box would be coming from. I was excited to see that this month’s treats would be coming from Thailand as I haven’t experienced a lot of Thai food. That being said, I found this box to be one of my least favorites. While I realize everyone has different tastes, this box had more misses than hits for me and my family, which is out of the norm. I was happy with our experience as this box also gives us a geography lesson and is just plain fun, but I sure hope next month’s box really blows us away. Where do you think the next box will be coming from?? 

Scorecard Picks:

  • Best Yum: Chocky Wafer Shibuya Honey Toasted Flavour Cream
  • Runner-up: Glendee Coconut Chips Sea Salt & Caramel
  • Worst Yum: Z Roll Farm Fried Shrimp & Salad Cream
  • Most Unusual: Calipzo Corn Flavoured Candy

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you 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 21 individually wrapped snacks which average out to $1.19 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 (43)

  1. They dropped a clue on FB earlier today re the August box. Looks like it might be one of the countries in the Middle East.

  2. I’ve loved everything I’ve tried so far for this month! Including the shrimp cream treat that many don’t like. Just wanted to share that so people aren’t scared off.

    Fyi – I am half Filipino and also love Hawaiian food, if that helps give a point of reference. I grew up with sticky rice desserts and weird candies, and saw my Mom occasionally eat little bags of crispy dried fish for snacks (though I never tried that myself, wasn’t adventurous enough).

    I loved the salted caramel coconut ships (accidentally ate all of them in 1 sitting lol), banana chews, corn candies, and pineapple salt candies. The spicy chips are delicious and I appreciate that the spiciness stops me from eating too many chips at once 🙂 I expect hubby will love them since he puts hot sauce on everything. The wafers were good too but not very exciting to me.

  3. I got the super yum box this month because my kids LOVE this sub and it’s given them something to look forward to while away from school and their friends. The super yum box had a big bag of the most amazing seaweed crisps ever. It also had these sour blueberry straws that my kids went crazy over. This box is really worth the money for me- we just have so much fun with it.

    • Lola – I got those same Livewires Sour Blue Raspberry Tongue Painters in my June Munchpak. I haven’t tried them yet bc I’m not a big fan of blueberries but hubby said he would probably like them so they won’t go to waste.

  4. I’ve been wanting a sub box! So ended up getting the $40 Super Yum Box to share with my husband. I got a $5 off coupon for my first order… Also it ships Aug 14th and I wasn’t given a box theme to pick so it’ll be random for me.

    I’m excited! It’s a bit pricey.. But for a few months, why not? Be fun to do with the hubby!

    Unlike other sub boxes, I know this one will be 100% used.

    • I believe they said on Fb if your first box is August, it would either be UK or Thailand

  5. The devil chips were great! My favorite in the Thai box… although it took 4 attempts to finish the bag! Great box…

    • I loved the Spicy Chips and corn candy. Still working on getting to everything. Ordered the Super Yum since I had a $5 coupon. Love those chips.

  6. I sent my brother in law and sister a subscription to this box and they’ve been loving it. The customer service was great.

  7. Frances,I forgot to tell you Snackcrate is Russia for this month,and mine was just shipped today.

    • Tina – I’m getting the Russia box; looking forward to that one. My box has cleared customs but hasn’t shipped yet.

      • Frances,awesome lets hope we like it.

      • Ooh, I would love to try Russian snacks. Is that box still available? And if it is, do you guys happen to have a discount code for 1st time subscriber

      • Looks like no Russia available. I tried to sign up and was offered Germany, Canada or Hawaii. Oh well.

    • Hi Nat,I think after the 25th if you sign up you will be offer the Russia one,just keep checking….They do have a phone number on their website,if you call them and tell them you want the Russia one to be your first box,they will send it to you if they have enough.

      • Hi Nat – I just got off a chat with Snackcrate and they told me that the Russia box has sold out. However, there is some good news regarding the discount code. They have a promo on their website right now if you sign up that your 1st box is automatically 50% off which is a great deal. In addition to Germany, Canada and Hawaii, it looks like the Caribbean box is also available. I picked the Canada box when I signed up and I was very pleased with it! Tina may have received all the other countries before so she might be able to give you some addl insight into the other choices.

  8. I started this box last month (UK) with my 3 adult children and husband. So far we’ve decided to do half a box at a time and have two Yums get-togethers per month. I was a little disappointed to see this reviewed so early since our first get-together is on Thursday. However, I just had to read it anyway! 🙂 I don’t like seafood so I’m scared of the shrimp nori rolls and omg Becca calling it Beta food didn’t help. LOL! I am trying to convince myself to try it, so I am planning on trying it, but we shall see! I love spicy things but my son really loves super spicy things so hopefully if that item is too much for the rest of us, that he will enjoy it. I’ve been intrigued about the corn candy. All five of us will take a turn picking an item and the rest saved for the next get-together. Hey, it is sort of educational and gets us together so that is a win in my book! The booklet trivia with a family group was really fun for us. My personal favorite last month (UK) was the Clotted Cream Fudge. But one of my daughters loved the cheese and onion crisps so much that I snuck over to the Yum shop and bought her some as a surprise. Shh don’t tell her. 😉

  9. I grew up eating shrimp flavored crispy snacks so they’re not as offputting to me as they might be to an uninitiated palette. lol They’re definitely an acquired taste.

    After reading the MSA review and comments from the June UK box, I signed up. And with me, it’s all or nothing, so I decided to sign up for the Snackcrate and Munchpak boxes as well so I could compare them. So far I’m really impressed with the curation of the country specific Yums and Snackcrate boxes. I felt like the assortment of snacks in the Munchpak box was really random and the selection of items just wasn’t as suited to my tastes. Looking forward to my Yums Thailand box arriving this Friday.

    • Frances,you sound like me,I also receive a few different boxes to test them out against each other…..I have been getting this box for over a year now and I love it….Last month was my first time trying Try My Snacks,Snackcrate and Bokksu,and so far I like them all but Universal Yums is my favorite and the value is so much better for the price….I use to get Munchpack,but the value was just not there for the price,all the items were small,and with the other boxes,you get quite a few full size products.

      • Tina – Try My Snacks is on my radar. I saw that their box for July was Japan so I held off and will try them next month if I like their choice of country for August. I have nothing against japanese snacks but I am fortunate enough to live in a city (Houston) that has several large asian grocery stores access to asian snack foods is readily available. I found Green Tea Kit Kat at one of them awhile back and was hooked.

      • Hi Frances the June box was Japan,this month box is Mexico,it has not been shipped yet,they do not ship until the 25th,I think you might still have time to sign up for it….I am not a fan of the snacks from Japan,last months box was mostly seafood,I did not like it at all lol.

      • Hi Tina – I didn’t realize that Japan was the June box and not the July box. Thanks for the info on their cutoff date as well!

      • Hi Tina, I didn’t realize that the Japan box was for June and not July. Thanks for the info regarding their order cutoff date too!

      • Frances,you are very welcome,have a great day

  10. I get the smallest box and haven’t had everything yet. But that shrimp roll with the nori? I adored it. Send me all the weird stuff. I saw the kimchi chips on the deject list… and darn it, I love me some kimchi.

  11. I got the smallest box and my favorite was banana coconut rolls. Loved them so much that I purchased a few more from their shop. Overall I liked this box more than I though I would. I didn’t get any salted caramel coconut chips in the smallest box, but seems like something I’d like so bought some from the shop as well.

    • I’m not really a fan of coconut but those chips are almost gone!! I haven’t tried the rolls yet (there’s a banana one and a sweet corn one in my box) but once these blisters are gone, they are next on the list!

  12. This box had some high highs (wafer cookies, corn candies, and pineapple candies) and some low lows (spicy chips, shrimp roll, and lime gummies).

    Love the discovery and reading all the trivia.

  13. This was my least favorite box so far.
    What I liked: the salty lime gummies were fun and addictive. The corn chews were surprisingly delightful. I tolerate a lot of spice so I didn’t find the devil chips to be “too” spicy. The lemon chips were fine but not something I’d purchase on their own. The honey squares were ok. The salty pineapple candies were too salty in my opinion.

    The rest was…. ehh. I did not try the shrimp thing because of a seafood allergy. And I brought it to work with me and could not find anyone else to try it either. The sticky rice was bland. My biggest issue with the snacks in this box was the prevalent amount of artificial flavor and MSG. All the chips had some form of MSG (or several forms). And nearly everything had artificial flavor- including the coconut chips which is baffling. Coconut is a strong flavor, it doesn’t need enhancement. I am a chef- I have a high sensitivity to artificial flavoring and because of that, this stuff just didn’t work for me.

    Strangely, this box showed up about 3 days before I got shipping notification from UY (not that I’m complaining). Hoping for a better box next month!

  14. Ive been wanting to try this box even though I’m a WW girl. IMO, to much coconut and banana! Give people some variety and it would be cool if people could select the types of snacks they want; sweet/salty/mix of both…..while I like some coconut things, I detest FAKE banana! 🤢 I love banana but don’t give me fake banana.

    • I don’t know what it is with snack sub boxes, but it seems like coconut has to be in nearly every box! I sub to UY but skipped this month because I’m in the middle of moving. But between them and previous snack boxes I’ve tried, it’s crazy how much of it is coconut based. I’m slightly allergic so I can’t ever eat them. I’m with you on the banana! I’m glad I skipped this month since we *just* had a banana treat from UK. Hopefully next month has neither LOL.

      I do really love UY overall. I love reading about the countries and different snacks.

  15. I thought I’d like this box so much more, but it wasn’t my fave either.

    Just curious: where do you live that you’ve never tried sushi, seaweed or sticky rice?

    • Thanks for commenting Lori! I live in Minnesota…..I grew up in the country and our rotation of meals usually came from our garden and local farmers. My dad is VERY picky and isn’t a fan of fish/seafood/etc., so growing up I never had an opportunity to try these types of cuisines. Now that I’m older I have branched out a bit, but still haven’t given sushi a go….I think I’m going to have to add it to my bucket list though!

      • Ahhhh, got it. I didn’t want to assume anything as some people just know what they don’t like, etc. Thanks for the great review!

  16. I’m doomed with this box due to my coconut allergy. Guess the hubby will be trying most of these alone this month.

    • That is such a bummer Chelsea! I was surprised to see so many coconut snacks. Hopefully next month will be better for you and your allergies!

  17. We got the exact same box this month and really enjoyed most of it. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the sticky rice. The devil chips were tasty, but so hot we could only eat one. The coconut chips were my favorite.

    • Thanks for commenting Cecilia! Did you try microwaving the sticky rice? Just curious if you thought it was better that way or not. I loved those coconut chips. The more I ate the more I liked them, and then they were gone!

      • I agree 100% that those coconut chips were addicting. I’m hoping they’ll have them for sale in the shop. I’ve noticed that not all the items in the box end up on the sale page. We did try warming up the sticky rice, but we didn’t try it at room temperature. It wasn’t horrible. It was just kind of bland.

  18. We recieved our box today much to the delight of my boys and husband. We get the large one so there’s a few things in ours in addition to yours.
    Unfortunately I am allergic to both shellfish AND pineapple… both of which are prevalent in this month’s box lol.
    That being said, there’s a large bag of pineapple jam filled shortbread cookies. I absolutely love shortbread… and these are perfectly buttery and almost flakey. And while I’m allergic to pineapple, I also really like it. I’ve eaten two. I just couldn’t resist. I’ve had to take benadryl and I have blisters in my mouth and my lips swollen. They are so good, it’ll be hard not to do it again lol!

    • Thanks for the comments Jo! Those pineapple jam filled shortbread cookies sound amazing!! I definitely would have liked that! Allergic to both shellfish and pineapple?! You poor thing!! Those cookies sound worth it though!!!

  19. This wasn’t our favorite box either, though I did enjoy the banana candies. Hoping for Spain next month!

    • I’m excited to see where next month is coming from jenny! I just checked the Universal Yums social media pages and no spoilers yet, but hopefully soon!! Thanks for commenting!

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