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Is Universal Yums Right For You?

Updated May 12, 2022 | Verified Since 2022

Universal Yums Overview

About the Brand

Universal Yums is a monthly snack subscription box that delivers a variety of international snacks from all around the world. Each delivery brings an unforgettable experience that mixes the fun of food, travel, and learning in one tasty box!

You won’t have to worry about forgetting your passport with Universal Yums. You’ll receive a delivery of snacks and candy from a different country, paired with plenty of information about what’s in your box. You’ll snack like a local, enjoying offerings from all over the globe.

Universal Yums is a reader favorite and was voted as the best snack subscription box in the 2021 readers’ choice awards.

Key Info

  • Price:$26.00 Monthly
  • Founded In:2014
  • Ships To:Worldwide

What It’s Like to Subscribe to Universal Yums

 

Read reviews further down the page, too, for more personal experiences.

How Universal Yums Works

Travelling the world with Universal Yums starts by choosing your subscription. Boxes come in three sizes: small boxes of 5-7 snacks, medium boxes of 10-12 snacks, or the large box with 18-20 snacks.

There are usually multiple country theme boxes active at any time, so each month you can pick which country you want to visit next, starting with your very first box.

In your box you’ll receive the snacks, a booklet with relevant information and nutrition facts, and the larger boxes come with bonus trivia, recipes, and more.

Example Universal Yums Themes

  • Holiday 2021 Theme - try holiday snacks from multiple countries!
  • Spain, Scandinavia, Italy, UK, Taiwan, Turkey
  • The countries are always rotating!

Pricing Options

Universal Yums pricing is determined by the size of the box you order, and whether you choose to pre-pay for a whole year or just one month at a time. Shipping is always free in the US.

Box Size Price Per Box Monthly Price Per Box Yearly
Small, 5-7 snacks $17 $15
Medium, 10-12 snacks $28 $25
Large, 18-20 snacks $42 $38

Universal Yums Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Fun snacking experience trying new things from new countries every month
  • Booklet comes with tons of information about the country of the month
  • Rating card lets you record your favorites
  • Great activity + snacks for kids

Cons

  • Amount of snacks may feel underwhelming if you compare it to your normal daily snack supplies - this box is more about experimentation
  • Does not accommodate dietary restrictions, so be sure to check the nutrition facts contained within the booklet

What Else You Should Know About Universal Yums

 

You probably won’t enjoy every single snack, but that’s OK. The booklet that comes with your box gives you more information about each snack so you have an idea of what to expect, but also comes with a rating card so you can write down your notes about what you thought about each snack.


Boxes are temporary. If you see a country you’re interested in, be sure to grab it or it might be a long time before it comes back.

Is Universal Yums Worth It?

 

After reviewing Universal Yums over 60 times and seeing our readers consistently vote it as one of the best snack subscriptions, we think Universal Yums is definitely worth trying, and there are many great ways to try a box.

Universal Yums is great for families with kids - the pamphlet comes with lots of info for kids to learn about each country and kids love trying snacks. Since the supply is small, it of course won’t last the whole month, but that could be a good thing to limit the amount of sugary snacks they get, and they’ll be excited when the next box comes.

Universal Yums makes a great gift for anyone, too. Not everyone is willing to splurge on exotic snacks for themselves, but it’s always fun to try new things and most Universal Yums boxes show people new snacks they might not otherwise have ever tried.

If you are someone who has dietary restrictions, isn't a big snacker overall, or otherwise if you know what snacks you love and don’t need to experiment, then Universal Yums might not be worth it for you.

How Universal Yums Compares to Other Top Snack Subscriptions

 

Universal Yums VS Snack Crate: These snack subscriptions both send you boxes themed around a country from around the world, and they both have small, medium, or large options. Snack Crate is $26.99 for the medium option, while Universal Yums is $28. Universal Yums sends you more information in each box with their booklet, so you can actually learn more about the countries other than just trying the snacks. Snack Crate does have you answer a couple key questions, such as whether you prefer sweet or savory snacks, which supposedly impacts the specific snacks you receive.

 

Universal Yums VS Try the World: Try The World is a food and snack subscription that also lets you try foods from countries all around the world, but it has a $49.99 option that comes with food you can cook in larger portions in addition to the snacks in their $29 snacks-only option. Unlike Universal Yums, you won’t be able to pick the country each month. Try The World might be better for people who want that cooking experience and not just the tasting experience.

 

Universal Yums VS Bokksu: Bokksu is one of the most popular snack subscriptions, however it only focuses on Japanese snacks compared to snacks from countries all over the world. Bokksu costs $49.99 but comes with more snacks than Universal Yums’ biggest box plus a magazine covering Japanese culture.

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Gayle Atkins
Gayle Atkins
1st Time Poster!
"Thank you "
Jan 24, 2022
For Christmas, I purchased a one year subscription for my Grandchildren, ages 13, 15 & 16. So far, they’ve received three boxes. My Grandson texted me, “ We want to thank you for the Yum box. It came in the mail yesterday. These are so much fun we sit around and share a bite of each when we open them. They have some good stuff in them. We love you Grandma. 🤟🤟🤟” Thank you for a unique gift that’s brings them joy!
Courtney
Courtney
1st Time Poster!
"Rough Start but Happy "
Dec 1, 2021
First time ordering from Universal yums (i did the individual snacks from the yum shop). I had countless issues with shipping due to their use of Pitney Bowes but they did everything to try and make it right. I did eventually get my box. I would order more frequently if they didnt use Pitney. The worse shipping company there is. Also had a surprise in it which is a nice touch. Overall would recommend and for sure reach out to customer service if you have issues.
Hannah J. F. Perry
Hannah J. F. Perry
1st Time Poster!
Jan 19, 2021
I really loved this subscription box! I received the France and Brazil boxes from February and March 2020. The variety and flavors of snacks were excellent, with plenty of chocolate, which was consistently my favorite. There were only a couple of disappointments per box since I tend to dislike hard candies in general. The packaging was a ton of fun too, with the informational pamphlet and voting card. Unfortunately, I unsubscribed since I decided to reset my snacking habits and stay away from processed foods. However, I would definitely recommend this and resubscribe occasionally when I want to treat myself and "explore the world" from my couch. :)
Monique
Monique
5 reviews
Mar 28, 2018
Hi Joshua, I am one of the founders of Universal Yums and I wanted to address your review. I'm terribly sorry that your box was lost in transit and that our team was not able to respond in our normal 24-48 hour timeline. I just checked with our customer support manager, and she assured me that we were sending you a replacement box this morning. We hope you enjoy your new box, and that arrives without any issues this time! Thank you, Monique Bernstein Co-founder, Universal Yums
May 26, 2016
My FAVORITE subscription! Have gifted 3 6mo~ everyone loves The price is fair~ the items are interesting; the packaging & info are outstanding. They ALWAYS arrive on time (15th) They ALWAYS provide tracking so I know my subscription & my gift subscriptions are arriving. I'm sure I'll renew my last box is June
EMMa
EMMa
26 reviews
Jan 22, 2016
Absolutely LOVE this box. It's an adventure for certain. Whether we like all the treats or not we still enjoy how nicely this box is put together (the card with all the treat/country facts is great). Awesome sub box!
Jen
Jen
12 reviews
Jul 13, 2015
Just got my first box (Japan), and I'm loving this subscription already. It's a great opportunity to sit down with the husband and kid and learn about other countries. Very much looking forward to the next one (Nigeria, if I'm guessing correctly).
Tilllia
Tilllia
3 reviews
Jan 3, 2015
I got my first box last month and LOVE it! It appears it was also their first month and they did a great job. The packing tissue even matched the country's colors and they added a card w/ fun facts about the feature country along w/ a hint to the next months visit. It a great way to try the world's snacks on a budget. Everything I tasted was great and it was cool how they added English food/nutrition labels to the products written in German. I loved it so much I ordered a gift sub for my dad, who it turns out correctly guessed the next months visit from the hints. This a great tasting box for wanna be world tasting foodies, on a budget. The price is great, the curation well done and the foods all were fun and tasty. I wish this sub all the best!
Melissa
Melissa
6 reviews
Jan 30, 2021
From May-December I did a monthly Super Yum Box to see if there would be enough snacks each month that I would enjoy. I am a picky eater and I fully own that it makes me a difficult person to please. I do not have any dietary restrictions (they can't accommodate dietary restrictions, by the way - I see that question a lot on their Facebook - they do list all their ingredients clearly though), I'm just picky. For those months, between my husband and I, we liked probably 95% of the snacks, so when they ran a Christmas promotion in December, we decided to go for it and get a yearly subscription. Overall we really enjoy it. Sure there's always at least 1 of the 20 that one or both of us is not willing to try, but we still find it a fun way to explore the snacks that are popular in other countries.
Esther Taylor
Esther Taylor
1st Time Poster!
"Bad Gifting Option"
Feb 16, 2022
I sent this as a gift to a friend; not yet tried the snacks. There was a space for a gift recipient email and message. I was told, AFTER the order was processed, the emails will be going to you me (the sender), not the recipient. At this time Universal Yums cannot send to both. This is extremely disappointing given this is a birthday gift. I would not have placed my order if I had known that. "Give a Gift" is plastered all over the website and there is a space for a gift message in addition to the "gift recipient email". If Universal Yums is unable to support the gifting process then it should NOT be offered and widely advertised on the website. Not only is it all over the website but I was ALSO sent an email reminding me not to leave without the "gift" in my cart. Customer support did not offer any accomodation for the bad experience which was disappointing.

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