Universal Yums Box Reviews

Published on February 19, 2021
Last modified on June 15, 2021

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By Alison Chew

Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN

Universal Yums

Universal Yums delivers a box full of snacks and candies from a different country to your door every month. The snacks and candies in each box promise to be delicious and unique, with most being extremely rare and hard to find in the United States.  In addition to tasty snacks, Universal Yums includes an interactive guidebook in every box filled with country-specific trivia, games, recipes, culture, and more. SHOP NOW >>

What We Like

  • Nice assortment of rare snacks and candies with a fun interactive guide
  • Non-subscription/gift options available
  • Free shipping

What We Don’t Like

  • Gift boxes do not ship immediately
  • Shipping can be high outside of the continental United States

Universal Yums Box Reviews

We were super excited to try Universal Yums as we are big snackers and always on the lookout for unique snacks and interesting flavors.  In every Universal Yums box you will receive a variety of sweet and savory snacks and candies that are from a specific country along with a guidebook full of trivia, recipes, games, and other surprises.  The country changes every month so you will never get bored.  And if you absolutely love a snack and want to order more?  You can shop a la carte, no membership needed, in the Universal Yums Store.  More on that below!

For our Universal Yums box reviews, we purchased a 1-month Yum Yum Box (the medium size) gift which includes 10-12 snacks and a 16-page guidebook for $31.  When we purchased this box the only country option available for us to choose was Italy, which is what most people start with.  Currently, though, you can choose from a Ukrain-themed box or an Italy-themed box. SHOP NOW >>

Our box included the following snacks: Italian Black Truffle Potato Chips, Orange Zest Carrot Cake (2), Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Bar (2), Lemon and Pepper Taralli, Cranberry cookies, Ketchup Potato Chips, Italian Almond Cookies, Raspberry & Almond Dark Chocolate Bar, Tomato & Oregano Bruschetta, and a Yum Bag with Fizzy Lemon Candy (4), Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Pop Rocks (2), and  Tiramisu Cream Milk Chocolate Balls (2).  Within our box, we also received a 16-page guidebook, a Mona Lisa sticker, and a Yum Scoreboard game. SHOP NOW >>

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Universal Yums Box Reviews: Snacks and Candies

Alfredo’s: Italian Black Truffle Potato Chips

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“Italy’s world-famous truffles, now in a chip”

This chip was a favorite of my husband and my son.  They loved the real truffle taste in this crispy chip. SHOP NOW >>

Buondolce: Orange Zest Carrot Cake (2)

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“Marvelously moist carrot cake with citrus zing”

This little cake had more of a citrus taste with a creamy center than a traditional US carrot cake flavor.  If you like orange and cream you will want to try this snack cake. SHOP NOW >>

Novi: Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Bar (2)

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“Fall in love with Italy’s #1 chocolate bar”

Creamy quality milk chocolate and crunchy hazelnuts fill this chocolate bar.  How can you not like it? SHOP NOW >>

Tarallini:  Lemon and Pepper Taralli

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“Italy’s most iconic snack, with a kick”

These crunchy little cracker-like rounds were a delightful surprise.  They have the slightest hint of lemon and a pepper finish.  They were one of my favorites. SHOP NOW >>

Frolletti: Cranberry Cookies

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“Baked fresh with real Italian cranberries”

The cranberry taste comes through in these crunchy little cookies that are perfect with tea or coffee. SHOP NOW >>

Amica: Ketchup Potato Chips

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“An extra crispy take on the classic condiment”

Another one of my favorites!  I like to dip my potato chips in ketchup and when I saw these I instantly knew that I would like the slightly sweet and salty chips. SHOP NOW >>

Amarettini:Italian Almond Cookies

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“The tastiest almond cookie in all of Italy”

Lots of almond flavor is packed into this tiny crunchy cookie.  Perfect for a sweet treat in the afternoon or even crumbled on top of cakes or cupcakes. SHOP NOW >>

Nero Vero: Raspberry & Almond Dark Chocolate Bar

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“Fresh raspberries add a touch of sweetness”

My favorite candy in this box by far was this chocolate bar.  The sweet, tart raspberries balance the bitter dark chocolate and crunchy almonds. SHOP NOW >>

Pantosto: Tomato & Oregano Bruschetta

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“Your scrumptious ticket to Rome”

I’m not sure how they got the taste of bruschetta into this crispy breadstick-like snack, but these were tasty.  They had a sweetness from the tomato-like sauce and lots of Italian spice flavors like oregano and basil. SHOP NOW >>

The Yum Bag:  Selz (4), Sorini Tirimusu (2), and Sorini Choco Boom! (2)

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  • Fizzy Lemon Candy: “Like Sprite in a hard candy”  My son loved the fizz in the center of these hard candies.
  • Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Pop Rocks: “Complete with luxurious Italian cream”  The pop rocks are an unexpected, and fun, surprise in the center of cream and milk chocolate.
  • Tiramisu Cream Milk Chocolate Balls: “The beloved dessert just got even more luscious”  A hint of tiramisu flavor enrobed in milk chocolate is a wonderful sweet treat.
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Universal Yums Box Reviews: Guidebook

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Our guidebook was packed with

  • Facts about Italy
  • 2 recipes: one for a unique fettuccine with chocolate and one for a Caprese lunch salad
  • 4 trivia games
  • Information about every snack including nutritional information and ingredients
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In addition, we received a Mona Lisa sticker as well as a “Yum Scoreboard” game used to rate all of the items in your Universal Yums box.  This was especially fun for our 10-year-old son.  We gathered around the kitchen table, opened up our Universal Yums box, and dug in!  Everyone tasted and scored as we went along.  We also added in some trivia questions to mix it up a bit and learn a little while indulging.  These activities turned this snack box into a fun family activity. SHOP NOW >>

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How much does Universal Yums cost?

The cost of your Universal Yums box depends on the box size and the duration of your subscription or gift.  Prices start at $14.67/box for a 12-month Yum Box subscription containing 5-7 snacks and go up to $47/box for a 1-month Super Yum Box containing 18-20 snacks.  All boxes ship FREE to the contiguous United States.

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Yum Box: 5-7 unique snacks in every box; 12-page guidebook

  • 1 month: $18/box
  • 3 months: $17/box
  • 6 months: $16/box
  • 12 months: $14.67/box
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Yum Yum Box: 10-12 unique snacks in every box; 16-page guidebook

  • 1 month: $31/box
  • 3 months: $29/box
  • 6 months: $27/box
  • 12 months: $24.75/box
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Super Yum Box: 18-20 unique snacks in every box; 16-page guidebook

  • 1 month: $47/box
  • 3 months: $44/box
  • 6 months: $41/box
  • 12 months: $37.58/box
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Universal Yums Box Reviews: Shipping

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Universal Yums ships to the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Isreal.  They offer free shipping within the contiguous United States, as well as military addresses (FPO/APO).  Shipping charges for other countries are below:

  • Canada $4-$13 per box
  • The UK $3-$13 per box
  • Australia $6 to $22 per box
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When does Universal Yums box ship?

The ship date of your first box or gift will be displayed during the signup process.   We somehow missed the ship date during the checkout process and waited several weeks to receive our box.  This is something to be mindful of if you are purchasing a gift that needs to arrive by a certain date.  Future boxes will ship on the 15th of the month, and you’ll receive an email with tracking information every time your box ships. SHOP NOW >>

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Universal Yums Box Reviews: Gifting

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Universal Yums offers gift subscriptions for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. All gift subscriptions come with a free personalized gift note in the first box. Gift subscriptions do not renew and will cancel automatically at the end of the gift length so no need to worry about being charged or forgetting to cancel.

This gift would be great for any adventurous snack-lover, kids, or family.  The guidebook turns this box of tasty snacks and candies into an activity and opportunity to spend some quality time together. SHOP NOW >>

Yum Box: 5-7 unique snacks in every box; 12-page guidebook

  • 1 month: $18/box; 3 months: $17/box; 6 months: $16/box; 12 months: $14.67/box
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Yum Yum Box: 10-12 unique snacks in every box; 16-page guidebook

  • 1 month: $31/box; 3 months: $29/box; 6 months: $27/box; 12 months: $24.75/box
  • SHOP NOW >>

 

Super Yum Box: 18-20 unique snacks in every box; 16-page guidebook

  • 1 month: $47/box; 3 months: $44/box; 6 months: $41/box; 12 months: $37.58/box
  • SHOP NOW >>

Universal Yums Box Reviews: Store

Love an item in your box or just want to try some new snacks?  You can also shop a la carte in the Universal Yums Store!  The store, in the Shop section of the site, is filled with goodies from around the globe that you’ve never heard of or tried before.  Here are some that look super interesting 🙂 SHOP NOW >>

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You can shop by product type, country, Universal Yums box favorites, and more.  And right now they are giving away a FREE Yum with your Snack Shop purchase.  Yum Store purchases ship at a flat rate of $5.99 in the contiguous US. 

Universal Yums Box Reviews: Bottom Line

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Universal Yums delivers a box of snacks and candies along with an interactive guidebook from a different country to your door every month.

We love the assortment of unique snacks and candies that were in our box, making it something truly special.  And the interactive guidebook not only told us about all of the products in our box but turned the box into a fun family activity.  We especially enjoyed the trivia and the Yum Scoreboard game.

We also love that there are subscription and non-subscription/gift options and that you can purchase products a la carte from the Yum Shop making it easy to try out a box or snacks without worrying about a subscription.  Though, getting a Yum or Yum Yum box every month would definitely be a fun surprise and something that I know my son would absolutely love, not only for the snacks and candies but also for the family time that comes with them.  Finally, the free shipping within the continental US for boxes is great and in line with other subscription snack boxes that we have seen.

The only thing that we would caution on, is the fact that our gift box arrived several weeks after we purchased it.  This is probably fine if you are ordering a box for yourself, but if you are ordering a gift you should make a note of the expected delivery time.

We would highly recommend ordering a Universal Yums box, either for yourself, your family, or as a gift.  The snacks and candies are unique and tasty and the guidebook makes the whole box more of an activity for everyone to enjoy.  If you are a snack-lover, an adventurous eater, or have kids that like to try new things – this is the box for you!  SHOP NOW >>

Enjoy!

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This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
rebecca-housh-ms-rdn-ldn-registered-dietitianRebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.

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