Who loves snacks? International snack subscription boxes are a fun way to explore new flavours, and try out new ideas, without committing to a full box of something you may never want more than a bite of. A Universal Yums box will allow you, (and family & friends if you share) to enjoy a world snack tour right from your home.
Missing travel and tasting new foods? Find out why we think Universal Yums is a delicious option to explore the globe in the meantime. Read on for our complete Universal Yums Review.
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About The Universal Yums Subscription
Founded in 2014, Universal Yums is a carefully curated, global snack box from different countries, delivered to your door each month. Previous snack boxes include; Thailand, Holiday box (see more below), Italy, Russia and more.
Each snack box contains a variety of sweet and salty flavours, and a booklet to guide your monthly adventure with food descriptions, recipes, trivia, pictures and more.
There is also a scoreboard you can use to rate the tastes, and choose your monthly favourites. Bonus, if you take a photo of the final scoreboard and tag universal yums on social media, you can be entered to win more of your team’s fav snacks.
Clearly, snacking is a favourite pastime around the world. Why not get in on then fun?
Universal Yums Review: International Snack Box
We heard good things about the Universal Yums international snack box, and wanted to give it a try for our family. Like many people, we have been missing travel, especially tasting new foods and diving into new cultural experiences this year. Who’s with me?
As it was around Christmas time, we decided to start with the Universal Yums Holiday Box, rather than Italy which I believe was the other first box option.
I was impressed with how easy the ordering process was, and how straightforward the info on the Universal Yums website is.
Sign up is right on the main page, plus a FAQ button to take you to a page which answers all the main questions you may have about the box.
Within a few clicks, your subscription is set up, and now comes the hard part of waiting for your box to arrive.
Snacks From Around The World
We were super excited to receive our box of “surprises” in the mail, and loved trying all the new holiday snacks from around the world.
Other than the fudge, truffles, and baklava, we hadn’t tried any of the other snacks before. It was fun to combine the more familiar with the unknown.
There was a great variety of sweet and salty snacks, with different textures. Everyone had different least favourite and most favourite snacks on their list.
- Some global holiday snacks were instant hits: mocktail bonbons, sugar & anise Polvoron cookie, garlicky potato chips, and sea salt & caramel fudge.
- Some global holiday snacks were just ok: The apple & dark chocolate Dominosteins (except for my partner who chose this as his absolute favourite treat in years) and the turkey & stuffing flavoured potato chips ( a hit with the youngest only).
- And some were just plain “weird” to our north american taste buds, but surprisingly addictive at the same time, think Salted Egg Yolk Flavoured Popcorn.
The Universal Yums box was a hit with all our family members. So far we’ve tried boxes from the Ukraine, Germany and the Netherlands.
The one unfortunate thing was our box got frozen in our mailbox (not the company’s fault), so a couple of the items didn’t taste as fresh as they would have otherwise.
Namely the baklava wasn’t as crisp as usual, and the Italian sweet bread tasted as though it had been frozen and thawed (but still yummy – 2 thumbs up).
Tip: If you live somewhere cold and wintery, make sure the box is delivered either to the post office directly, or your home, where it won’t be left outside to freeze. Or, buy during the warmer months to avoid the risk altogether.
Pros and Cons of Universal Yums Subscription Box
- Excellent variety of fresh snacks, tastes and textures – salty, sweet, fruity, crunchy, soft
- Surprises delivered to your door each month. Who doesn’t love surprises?
- Three different sizes to choose from – small, medium or large
- Booklet provides an immersive cultural adventure – recipes, info about the snacks, trivia
- Ingredients and nutritional information is listed in the booklet (in English). Common allergens are bolded.
- Easy process to order / cancel. Website clearly laid out.
- No allergy safe snack options.
- Can’t customize the box
- More expensive for global snack enthusiasts outside the US, with the exchange rate and additional shipping costs.
- Can’t order previous boxes (But you can order individual items from their Yum Shop)
Extend your discover the world through snacks experience
Another reason for the pro side, is there are many ways you can extend your discovering the world through snacks experience:
- Great supplement to homeschooling. Food is a window into culture. Use it as a jumping off point to explore geography, music, language and more.
- Make a date night out of it from home – With the world as it is right now due to COVID, A Universal Yums box can provide some at-home date inspiration. Cook authentic food from your country’s theme for that month. Put on a movie that features the language or country, and enjoy some delicious Yums as your movie snack.
- Bring your box to work and be a snack superhero
- Complements an at-home travel themed Christmas, or holiday celebration
Is Universal Yums Safe?
The main downside of buying a subscription box from Universal Yums, is there are no allergy safe food options, and you cannot pick and choose what you want in the box each month. The Universal Yums box is not safe for people with food allergies, and won’t be a good option for pickier eaters who won’t try new things.
As to safety of the food products, yes the snacks are safe. Universal Yums has direct relationships with the companies who make the food, so they know what ingredients go into the products and how they are made. They also collect documentation and have processes in place to ensure all products are FDA compliant.
How Does A Universal Yums Subscription Box Work?
Choose your box & sign up for a subscription
- Head on over to the Universal Yums website.
- Click on the Get Started or Give as a Gift Button. ( You’ll need to choose between signing up for your own subscription month-to-month or yearly or choose to give as a gift for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months)
- Pick the size of the box you want to order. Then create your account and enter payment info.
There are three sizes of boxes:
- Yum Box (small): 5 to 7 international snacks
- Yum Yum Box (medium): 10-12 international snacks
- Super Yum Box (large): 18 – 20 international snacks
Easy peasy. Now you are ready to discover the world through snacks.
Universal Yums Store
If you aren’t sold on a subscription box and want to choose your own adventure in global snacks, they do also have their Yum Store. Here you can shop from a list of over 100 items, and choose by favourites, country or product type.
This is a great option if you’d like to curate your own snack box.
How Much Is The Universal Yums Box?
The cost of the Universal Yum box varies depending on the size:
- Yum Box: $16 / month or $176/annually
- Yum Yum Box: $27/month or $297 annually
- Super Yum Box: $41/month or $451/annually
Shipping is free in the contiguous US and to military addresses (FPO/APO).
Shipping to other countries varies by size of box, and ranges from an extra $2 for shipping, on up to $23 (for the Super Yum Box to ship to Israel). Extra shipping applies to Canada, the UK, Australia, Israel, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
**Please note all prices are in US dollars.
How Long Does It Take For Universal Yums To Deliver?
Universal Yums notes in their terms of service that subscription boxes will generally ship between the 8th and 15th of the month, and take 1-7 days to arrive within the US. Of course this depends on delivery times of their carriers, the US Postal Service or FedEx. If you live outside the US, it will likely take longer.
For example, it took about three weeks over the Christmas holiday for our family to receive our first box, in remote northern Canada (Northwest Territories).
Of course, due to the pandemic, shipping volumes were much larger than usual over the holidays, and shipping typically takes much longer to get here, than the rest of Canada.
When Does The Universal Yums Box Ship?
The first shipment date for the Universal Yums international snack box will vary, depending on when you order. The date can be seen during the signup process. Subsequent shipments will typically go out by the 15th of each month.
Can You Cancel Universal Yums At Any Time?
Universal Yums is easy to cancel. Your personal subscription box can be cancelled at any time by going into your account. Under the Manage subscriptions tab, click the cancel button under your active subscriptions. You can also skip a month, if you’d rather not cancel. Gift Subscriptions cannot be cancelled.
Is Universal Yums Worth The Money?
All in all, we felt the Universal Yums subscription box was well worth the price, for the variety of items, ease of ordering, and the booklet, which provided interesting and useful information. Especially if you live in the USA.
For us Canadians, with the exchange rate and shipping, the medium sized box came to around $45CAD.
Even at that price point I think it’s a worth a try for such a carefully curated box. I may not keep the subscription for as long as I would if the exchange rate wasn’t so poor, or if the shipping were free, but our family is happy to try out a few boxes as a treat.
Verdict: Give it a try! Universal Yums is a good choice if you are starting out on your global snack box journey, and are happy to have someone else make decisions about what goes into your box each month.
We are anxiously awaiting our next subscription box which just shipped, wondering which country and snacks we will get to try this month. My daughter keeps asking to check the mail to see if the next box has arrived yet.
Unboxing the Universal Yums Holiday Box
First of all, you can’t miss their distinctive box, sitting in your mailbox. As it was the holiday box, the snack designs were in red and white, instead of blue.
My seven year old and I couldn’t wait to dig in and open the treats. We dragged my partner into the unboxing and tasting fun as well, even though he was trying to get back into his keto eating. Even he couldn’t resist the pull of yummy around the world snacks.
Upon opening, we found a well packed box of 12 holiday themed snacks from around the world. On top was the Yum Scoreboard and themed booklet for the month. Underneath were the goods.
Let’s start with the sweet snacks first:
- Sugar & Anise Polvoron – Spain’s Christmas cookie. A yummy, crumbly, sweet, slightly licorice tasting cookie. Adult and kid approved.
- Mocktail Bon Bons – British ode to ringing in the New Year at the pub, but without the alcohol. While they didn’t taste like prosecco or British gin & rhubarb, they were soft, chewy, fruity goodness. Adult and kid favourite.
- Kruidnoten Cookies – bite sized spice cookies from the Netherlands. Like a gingersnap, without the ginger. This was a kid favourite. For the adults it was just ok. It felt like it was missing that ginger spiciness I kept expecting.
- Alpine Nut Cake – A Swiss nutty pie, filled with caramelized walnuts and hazelnuts. I barely got a nibble in as it the kid devoured it.
- Sea Salt & Caramel Fudge – A Christmas staple in England. This sweet and savoury treat is rich, buttery goodness. It was a favourite for one of the adults and the kid.
- Cocoa Dusted Chocolate Truffles – This silky, smooth, creamy ganache, chocolate truffle from France, was another adult and kid favourite.
- Chocolate Cream Pandoro – An Italian sweet bread with a surprise gooey chocolate centre. The kid thought it was delicious, and the adults thought it was just ok.
- Mixed Baklava – A syrupy, flaky, nutty pastry from Jordan. Unfortunately, our box got left in the mailbox and froze, so the baklava wasn’t as flaky as usual. Kid and adult approved, just not our favourite in the box.
- Apple & Dark Chocolate Dominosteins – A four layered sweet feast from Germany. A base of lebukuchen (gingerbread). A layer of tart apple jelly. Then a layer of persipan (ground apricot kernel). Covered in a layer of dark chocolate. My daughter and I thought it was just ok, but my partner thought it was the best dessert, and was definitely his favourite.
Salty, Savoury Snacks
Is all this talk of food making you want to get snacking? Then let’s move on over to the salty, savoury snack world:
- Roast Turkey & Stuffing Potato Crisps – A UK feast, but in chip form. They did surprisingly have an herb stuffing flavour. Not an adult favourite, but the kid loved them.
- Salted Egg Yolk Popcorn – A rich, sweet and salty tasting popcorn, in honour of Taiwan’s many holiday egg traditions. This one definitely challenged our palates. Not a favourite, but definitely worth a try.
- Roasted Garlic Potato Chips – A garlicky, crunchy chip heaven, a Czech tradition. This was our family’s favourite salty snack. In fact, I wish I had some right now.
Twelve varieties of delicious snack foods, with a booklet full of trivia, recipes, and cultural experiences to try, delivered right to my door each month:
Oh wait I have already. Looks like you don’t want to miss out either.
Universal Yums Review: Germany Box, Ukraine Box, Netherlands Box
Since the Holidays our family has had a chance to try some more interesting snacks from Germany, Ukraine and Netherlands. I love that we look forward to unboxing the surprises each month, and that you never know what yout gonna get.
I also think it’s a great opportunity to expand your taste buds and try new things. Especially if you are planning on travelling with your family somewhere the food is drastically different from what you are used to. Get your kids ready for trying new things, and most kids are happy to try something that’s salty or sweet first.
I will highlight a few of the unique and favourite snacks from each box.
Universal Yums Review: Germany Box
A few fun standouts were the pulled pork “chips” from the Universal Yums Germany Box. They were not a hit, but I love that we got to try something a bit more unusual, even if my daughter said they tasted like dog treats. LOL! Not every snack will please the masses.
The Strawberry Rhubarb White Chocolate Bar and the dark chocolate covered marzipan more than made up for the pork crisps. I am not usually a fan of white chocolate or marzipan, but these definitely were high quality deliciousness. But watch out, you may find your kids teddy bears wanting in on some snack action!
International Snack Box Review: Ukraine
Our Universal Yums Ukraine Box arrived in February, so it came in a pink box for Valentine’s day. A February Universal Snack Box would make a unique take on the traditional chocolates for your sweetheart.
The highlights of the Ukraine box for us were:
- Favourites: Wasabi Flavoured Chips, Garlicky Bread Chips, Golden Key Mini Cakes with Condensed Milk Cream
- Strangest: Veal & Adjika Shaped Chips
Universal Yums Review: Netherlands Box
The Universal Yums Netherlands Box was particularily a hit with our youngest, as there were a lot of fun shaped candies and stroop waffels. The adult favourites were the cheese crisps with dried raspberries and real licorice. YUM! The least favourite were the Speculaas Cookies, as they were missing the hit of ginger I am used to. Cinnamon without the kick, was a bit lacking for us.
I am not sure what I would choose if I had to pick my favourite box. Each box had snacks from around the world I loved, and those that were a little too much for my tastes. I think that is the beauty of these boxes. You’ll get to explore and find out for yourself.
There you have our Universal Yums review. It’s one of the most popular snack box options out there, and you can see why. There were a wide variety of delicious international Yums that both adults and kids enjoy, for a reasonable price, and an easy to sign up/cancel process. I like that they also throw in a few more unusual flavours to try, plus some more familiar ones, but with a twist.
We can’t wait for our next Universal Yums subscription box.
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