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By Alison Chew | Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
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
What We Don’t Like
Gift boxes do not ship immediately
Shipping can be high outside of the continental United States
How much does a Universal Yums snack box 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.
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.
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!
Our Universal Yums Holiday box included the following snacks:
Green Tea and Strawberry Popcorn
Goat Cheese & Espelette Chili Potato Chips
Popcorn Flavored Chocolate Truffles
Dulce de Leche Filled Plum Cake
Roast Beef & Spitfire Ale Potato Chips
Assorted Turkish Delight
Christmas Pudding Fudge
Cappuccino Cream Cocoa Pandoro
Cinnamon Spice Cookies
Within our box, we also received a 16-page guidebook, a Holiday sticker, and a Yum Scoreboard game.
This Holiday Box featured snacks from 10 countries, some of which were holiday-themed like the Christmas Pudding Fudge from Devon, UK while others were fun and unique.
Unlike the Italy box (more on that below), this box featured 11 different snacks with no duplicates and did not come with a Yum Bag. We love this as it means more snacks to taste and rate on our family scorecard!
And while we loved tasting all of the snacks, we did have some favorites and passes.
Universal Yums Holiday Box Favorites:
Cinnamon Spice Cookies: With their warm spices, these cookies tasted like the holidays. And we got a full-sized container!
Goat Cheese & Espelette Chili Potato Chips: If you like goat cheese these chips will sure to delight with their tangy flavor and a hint of chili.
Prosecco Bonbons: A personal favorite of mine! I loved these sweet little prosecco-flavored candies.
Roast Beef & Spitfire Ale Potato Chips: These were unexpected and delicious.
Universal Yums Holiday Box Passes:
Cappuccino Cream Cocoa Pandoro: As a family, we had mixed feelings on this one, but overall it wasn’t a favorite.
Assorted Baklava: We found the baklava to be one-note and lacking flavor.
Christmas Pudding Fudge: This fudge was a little too sweet for our tastes.
The Universal Yums Holiday Box 2021 was a super fun experience to share with my family. We enjoyed trying each snack together and filling out the scorecard.
This box had a lot more sweet snacks than savory and for my family, we are more savory/salty snack-lovers and hope that our next box is filled with more salty snacks. That’s one drawback of most snack boxes, you don’t get to choose what you receive and you may receive snacks you don’t like.
In the end, there were several new favorites that we would buy again and some snacks that we would pass on in the future if given the choice.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca 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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