Universal Yums February 2016 Subscription Box Review – France

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Bonjour!  Universal Yums is a monthly international snack subscription box.  Every month you’ll take a trip to a new country and munch on brand new snacks. Yum Yum! There are two sizes of box, the Yum ($13) and the Yum Yum ($25). This is the Yum Yum box, and it’s a really solid subscription that shines each and every month.

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This month we were treated to some true delicacies from France, a country known for it’s delicious cuisine.  The beautiful information booklet provides some extra insight into the featured culture.  The box always has a tissue paper flag inside, too.  It’s a cool touch that sets the stage for you culinary exploration of culture.  After last month’s Turkish flag debacle, the Tricolor was an easy win.

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The new and improved booklet really enhances the experience.  It includes a cultural note, trivia, and even a crossword puzzle!

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And of course, the booklet contains in-depth descriptions of all the snacks.  It has a handy ingredient/potential allergen breakdown on it, and the snack descriptions have gotten to be quite detailed.

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All the Yums in the January Yum Yum box.  One of the great things about Universal Yums, particularly the Yum Yum box, is the experience of uncovering layer after layer of goodies.  I also love that there are family-size bags of some of the selections in each box.

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Rochambeau Snacks Fromage:  Though these have are a tiny bit more fragrant than your typical cheese puff, they have a very approachable and mild flavor — my baby chows them!

St Michel Mini Madeleines:  These are super-puffy and a tad spongy.  They are taller than most I’ve seen, more like a small muffin.  They have that great, slightly granular texture you expect in a Madeleine, plus a subtle almond flavor.

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Maison Pecou LiquiCoc Dragees:  Surprisingly thin dark chocolate encases velvety salted caramel.  The filling is very liquidity, and the shell is very fragile, creating a bursting effect.

Malabar Bubble Gum:  These claim to create the biggest bubbles in the world, and they come with a temporary tattoo inside each wrapper.  The cotton Candy flavoring is a bit odd — it tastes more like the Paradise Punch flavor one of the big U.S. brands started making in the 80’s.  Be warned — after popping my first (and only) bubble, the gum stuck to my clean-shaven face like glue.  I literally contemplated using the GooBGone to remove it.
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Chabert & Guillot Nougat Bar:  Sweet, almost marshmallow creme-like nougat encases big pieces of almond.  The soft, chewy consistency has made this nougat very famous.

Michel et Augustin lemon Meringue Cookies:  a delightful little crispy cookie topped with lemon ganache and sprinkled with chips of real meringue.  One of the brightest and best meringue cookies I’ve ever had — I wish there were more of them!

Rose Pastilles:  These tiny white pills look like Tic-Tacs, but they have a sweet licorice flavored interior.

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Ker Cadelac Palets Bretons:  Thick, crunchy butter cookies.  These are made with real butter and have a consistent, crispy texture through the entire cookie.  These are absolutely delicious — I wish my baby didn’t insist on stealing so many of them!

Gavottes Crepe Dentelle:  The classic, crispy crepe dentelle (a rolled, ultra-thin butter cookie) is robed in very dark chocolate. Brandy fell in love with these… as evidenced by less than half the package coming to me.

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Carambar Caramels: These caramels are snappy when cool and chewy when warm.  A bit of cocoa gives them a darker taste, though it does make the caramel have a bit of burnt sugar taste to it.

Lutti Magnificat Caramels:  A Sweet and slightly salty hard caramel with a liquid caramel center.  The creme fraîche in them lends a very unique flavor note when you bite into them — it is bright and botanical.

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Pierrot Gourmand Fruit Lollipop:  We received tart cherry and orange.  The most striking features of the pops are the beautiful tongue shape and natural hue.

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Universal Yums is always lots of fun.  Because the snacks are sourced from the featured country, even familiar types of candy have a unique style and interesting packaging.  The snacks are always delicious, unique, and authentic. Looks like next month is the Philippines!

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  • Susan Burge (@georgiarealist)

    I think the almond flavor is why I liked the madeleines – I don’t usually care for those. The lollipops (I think mine are cherry and strawberry) and gum will go to my grandson, and my licorice-loving dental hygienist can have the weird little rose/licorice things. I tried one, but I’m not a fan. Oh, and the yummy lemon meringue cookies are evidently sold at Starbucks now!

    • Brandy

      Hmmph the Madeleines never made it to me! I loved the lemon cookies, they were a delight. I will have a reason to go into Starbucks now!

      • Susan Burge (@georgiarealist)

        According to their website, Starbucks is carrying Michel et Augustin cookies all over the country now. They mention the lemon ones specifically and apparently some chocolate ones too. I seldom go to an actual Starbucks – the ones in Target and Kroger don’t carry much in the way of the food items.