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Tasting snacks from around the world is a delicious way to travel and see the world. Even though travel may be restricted, it doesn’t mean the spirit of exploration has died.
Lovers of food, adventure, and travel can enjoy global snacks from the comfort of home.
Universal Yums offers monthly subscription snack boxes from different countries around the world.
We ordered a box to try it out and here’s our Universal Yums review.
What is Universal Yums?
Imagine being transported around the world, simply by opening a package that lands on your doorstep every month.
That’s exactly how Universal Yums works. The company, founded in 2014, is on a mission to bring the best snacks from different countries straight to your door.
Universal Yums is a monthly subscription box packed with sweet and savory treats from around the globe. Every snack box comes with a guidebook that includes recipes, trivia, cultural facts, games. and much more.
Each box highlights a specific country. The snacks are sweet and savory with a mix of flavors and textures.
Our Universal Yums box was a delightful surprise from the United Kingdom.
Without having to travel, the best part is learning and enjoying local snacks from a particular country, every month.
Universal Yums Review – How Does it Work?
The signup process on the Universal Yums website is clear and straightforward.
All you have to do is select the snack box and size of your choice, create an account, and pay.
The process is easy and only takes a few minutes. Currently, Universal Yums offers shipping to the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Israel.
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Three Universal Yums Boxes
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Universal Yums offers three different subscription snack box box options to choose from.
The Yum Box is the basic box that has about 6 hand-picked local snacks.
Pricing starts at $13.75 per box on an annual basis or $15.00 month-to-month.
Free shipping for the Yum Box is offered within the United States.
Yum Yum Box
Yum Yum Box
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The Yum Yum Box or medium box contains about a dozen snacks or so.
With the number of snacks, this size is perfect for three to four people. Pricing starts at $22.92 with the annual plan or $25.00 on a month-to-month basis.
Like the Yum Box, free shipping for the Yum Yum Box offered within the USA.
Super Yum Box
Super Yum Box
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The Super Yum Box or large snack box has more than 20 local and unique snacks.
This size is perfect for a family or trivia night with friends. Pricing starts at $35.75 on an annual basis or $39.00 month to month.
Shipping for the Super Yum Box is free within the United States.
Why Universal Yums?
While we already knew about snack subscription services that ship flavors from around the world, we had never tried any.
As digital nomads who are constantly traveling, we are never in a place long enough to try a box.
With the pandemic and reduced travel, we were looking for fun ways to keep traveling through local specialties.
As soon as we got back to our base in Chicago, we ordered a box to finally experience the magic of Universal Yums.
What attracted us to Universal Yums was not only the unique focus on local snacks from a particular country but the cultural immersion component.
The booklet that comes in each box has interesting facts about the country and information about each snack item.
The origins of each snack are detailed and pretty fascinating. For instance, our June 2020 United Kingdom box told the origin story of crisps or potato chips.
Apparently, the first known potato chips recipe was found in the 1817 cookbook, The Cook’s Oracle, by Englishman, William Kitchiners.
Paying tribute to this U.K. invention and global phenomenon, our box had two tasty bags of potato chips.
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Universal Yums June 2020 Box Review – The United Kingdom
The noticeable blue and white illustrated box packaging stands out immediately in the mail.
We ordered the Yum Box with six snacks and were surprised by the dense weight.
To give you a glimpse into the box, here are a few highlights of the snacks and cultural booklet.
Be sure to watch the video for our detailed reactions to the U.K. Yum box.
Universal Yums Snacks
We couldn’t wait to open our first box. Everything was packed tightly with a “Welcome to the United Kingdom Card” sitting right on top.
Feeling like Christmas in June, we struggled to resist the urge to immediately rip open everything in the box.
The selection of snacks was a well balanced combination between sweet and savory. The flavors were fun and unusual.
And our favorite was the Dean’s Shortbread cookies which were light, crumbly, and irresistible.
Universal Yums U.K. Booklet
To go even deeper into the country, the immersion booklet was quite informative.
The first two pages have interesting tidbits about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom.
There was also a classic recipe for Cottage Pie, which we look forward to making.
The Trivia Challenge in the middle of the booklet was fun to test our knowledge of the United Kingdom.
Questions like “what is the national animal of Scotland” or a word that Shakespeare invented” had us scratching our heads.
The descriptions about the snacks were fun and we loved the inclusion of a bite from every country.
Another one of our favorite sections in the booklet was a list of iconic songs to listen to while opening the Universal Yums Box.
Music by top UK artists like the Spice Girls, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, and more, are accessible online through Universal Yums.
The final page drops a clue to the next destination. Spoiler alert – the July 2020 Universal Yums box was a tropical adventure to Thailand.
Verdict – Our Overall Impressions of Universal Yums United Kingdom June 2020 Box
This was our first box, and with nothing to compare it to, we thought the experience was great.
Pros – Universal Yums Review
We liked the selection of original snacks. The snacks are difficult to find in the US making the experience special and memorable.
The diversity of snacks was also quite impressive even in the smaller Yum Box.
The mix of sweet and salty flavors and unique textures was a treat for the taste buds in every bite.
One thing we particularly appreciated was the full sizes of snack items in the box.
The immersion booklet was surprisingly detailed and rich with fun facts and games.
The stories behind the snacks were fascinating and the nutritional information was helpful.
The ordering and shipping process was simple and pain-free. The website is very clear and navigating your account is clear and straightforward.
We went with the month to month option and it was easy to order and cancel the subscription.
Also impressive was the shipping and delivery which was quite fast. The customer service team was also very responsive.
Most importantly, we loved the fun and surprise element. Feeling like kids again, we opened the box with excitement and had so much fun tasting the different snacks.
Cons – Universal Yums Review
While we enjoyed the variety of snacks, we didn’t love everything. Nonetheless, we enjoyed giving everything a try.
We were surprised there were no chocolates in the box. With the popularity of Cadbury’s chocolate around the world, we were slightly disappointed.
While the focus is on snacks, it would have been nice to have something to go with the recipe also included.
It could be a spice or a sample of Worcestershire sauce for the Cottage Pie recipe.
Is Universal Yums Worth It?
If you’re the kind of person that’s always open to trying something new, you’ll love the monthly surprise in a box.
The Universal Yum Box does a great job of bringing the adventure of travel to your doorstep.
Even though we didn’t know what to expect with our United Kingdom box, we were pleasantly surprised.
If you have children or are looking for a fun activity to entertain guests, take a surprising tasty adventure with Universal Yums.
The sign up process is easy and involves just a few clicks. The snack subscription plan is flexible and keep in mind, there is free shipping within the United States.
For holiday or birthday gift ideas, consider gifting friends or family with any one of Universal Yums subscription boxes.
Universal Yums Review – Frequently Asked Questions
Does Universal Yums Accommodate Food Allergies?
As noted on their website, Universal Yums, cannot accommodate food sensitivities or special dietary requirements.
However, the booklet in each of the box sizes contains ingredients lists and nutritional information for each snack.
You may use that to determine if and how much of the snacks you can eat.
Is Universal Yums Safe?
The Universal Yums website clearly states the direct relationship they have with the companies that make the products.
They have full transparency into the ingredients and the way the products are manufactured.
All snack items were neatly packaged and well sealed in the June 2020 box we received.
Everything we ate was fresh, tasty, and full of flavors. Safely was the least of our concerns.
Can I Give Universal Yums Box as a Gift?
One thing we appreciate is Universal Yums flexible subscription plan. If you want to give the gift of tasty travel adventures to your friends and family, gift subscription options are available.
Simply choose the time frame from 1, 3, 6 or 12 month gift periods. The first box comes with a gift note for your personalized message.
This is a perfect surprise gift for foodies who love to travel but can’t at the moment.
Can I Buy Products From the Universal Yums Shop?
Even though you cannot buy previous Universal Yum boxes, you can shop for individual products.
You can search the Universal Yum Store by type of snack or country of origin and purchase fun treats.
If you are a fan of a snack from a particular country, you can buy it directly from the Universal Yums store.
Universal Yums Shipping Time
Universal Yum boxes ship automatically on the 15th of every month. Depending on what day of the week the 15th falls, shipping within in USA will take about a week, or five business days.
Once we signed up, we got an email telling us when the first box had shipped and it arrived a few days later.
How Can I Cancel My Universal Yums Subscription
Canceling your Universal Yums snack subscription is easy, and is done right on the website. You simply log into your account, click on “Manage Subscriptions” and click “Cancel”.
This makes it easy to give Universal Yums a try, without having to jump through hoops to cancel.
Universal Yums Coupon
Universal Yum offers a FREE month when you subscribe for a year.
No coupons necessary and the offer applies to all three different sizes of the snack boxes offered.
Simply use this link to subscribe and get started.
Universal Yums Turkey Snack Box – May 2021
Ever wanted to visit Turkey? To see the majestic Hagia Sophia and enjoy Turkish delights?
If physically traveling to Turkey is not not on your travel plans, how about a box of unforgettable Turkish treats?
With Universal Yums for the month of May, travel to Turkey in one delightful box.
When you sign up for Universal Yums, you will take a trip to a different country around the world each month.
With snacks delivered monthly to your doorstep, it will always be a surprise to discover global deliciousness.
Treat your tastebuds or a loved ones to surprising tasty snacks from around the world.
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Rosemary, ex-marketing and advertising strategist, is a digital nomad and content creator at Authentic Food Quest. Since 2015, with her partner, Claire, they travel the world in search of the best local food experiences. Their mission is to help you enjoy the best local specialties on your travels or via recipes in your home kitchen. Favorite country for food: Peru. Favorite local dish: Bacalhau. Favorite way to keep fit: Running. Rosemary is the chief content writer and strategist on Authentic Food Quest. She is also co-author of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon.