Universal Yums August 2016 Subscription Box Review – Brazil

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This month, I think Universal Yums was channeling the Olympics as they take us to Brazil!  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.


This month we were treated to some fun goodies from Brazil.  The beautiful information booklet provides some extra insight into Brazil’s history and culture and will have you snacking like an Olympic athlete.  I love opening the box each month and seeing the tissue paper flag inside.  It’s a cool touch that sets the stage for you culinary exploration of culture.


When you remove the flag everything is nice and comfy in the box. This one usually has some larger size bags so they will fill up the box pretty great and things don’t float all around.


This month’s introductory note tells us that Brazil is inspired from many different cultures but that they never forget their local meats and cuisines.

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The booklet really enhances the experience with information based on the country. For Brazil we get some of their common sayings, info on Carnival, and a trip with the Olympic torch.


And of course, there is an in-depth description and background on all the items in the box.


It has a handy ingredient/potential allergen breakdown on it, and lots of details on the snacks.


There was a lot in the August box!


Torcida Pimenta Mexicana:  Brazilians love soccer so much that banks will close early before the games and everyone gets together to watch. These crackers are a great soccer snack and Torcida means “cheer party” which is a reference to friends getting together to watch the matches.

Lacta Bis Wafers: These are the number one selling chocolate in Brazil and Bis means ‘encore’ in Portuguese so with these the company wants to to yell Bis and keep going and eat more.

Brazilian Coffee Candies: Brazil knows good coffee and is not only the world’s largest producer but also the secod largest consumer of coffee in the world.


Yokitos Bacon: A Bacon type chip that reminds me of the pork rinds we have here in NC.  I’m not a huge fan but my hubby is munching away on them.

Pao De Mel (Honey Bread) – This is a honey flavored spice cake wrapped in a layer of chocolate.  I just can’t eat anything with the name honey but these are gone so they must have been pretty good. They were eatten quickly but really if you can get past the honey taste who doesn’t like things wrapped in chocolate?

Pipoca Vovozinha Caramelizada: This is like a caramel popcorn but the popcorn is really a puffed corn like a pirates booty with caramel on it.  This is pretty yummy and is so poplar in Brazil that you can actually get a monthly box of just pipoca delivered right to your house!


Butter Toffees Mousse De Maracuja: This is a soft caramel candy filled with sweet and tangy passion fruit mousse. Tart passionfruit mousse is a very popular after dinner dessert in Brazil so this gives you a taste of that which you can have anytime.

Biscoito Polvilho: So I was reading the description of this one and it says “For sure, these cassava snacks won’t be topping any list of favorites anytime soon, but they’re also not the worst thing we’ve ever tried” yum with that ringing endorsement I’m not sure if I should open them up. I am thinking these will be perfect for the guys to get out one night after they’ve had a few. I mean they are made form the same shrub native to South America that produces alcohol, gasoline, laundry detergent etc so I’m not sure what isn’t to love.

Frutabella Goiabada: These bars are made of just guava and sugar which reminds me of a fruit snack type taste. The info book says to pair it with cheese as the flavors are meant to be together and they recommend getting queso fresco as the perfect white cheese pairing.


Garoto Serenata de Amor Bon Bon: These remind you of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup which is one of my favorite chocolate snack but instead of the peanut butter these have a nice cashew cream.

Yoki Pacoca: This is all peanuts and sugar and I’m not sure what could be wrong with that. They are very addictive.

Bananinha Cremosa: This is a highly nutritional snack of over ripe bananas. So while you may not love it you will feel good about eating it.


Can you guess which country is featured next? Based on the clue, it seems like we’re about to experience the tastes of Thailand which is known as the Land of Smiles.

Universal Yums is a big box of fun each month. Since the snacks are sourced from the box’s country even if you think you know what it will taste like it usually is different. It is very unique, different, and educational. This month was interesting in that the info even told us some of them weren’t really good so I had a hard time trying them and did pass those on to the guys but they get a hoot out of it and love seeing who can eat each one.  With this weekend being a holiday they plan to sit out in the yard and pass around my extras and the ones I just couldn’t bring myself to try.

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  • Susan Burge (@georgiarealist)

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of the bacon things. The texture reminded me of pork rinds as you said, but I didn’t find them all that tasty. We had a different version of the popcorn in an earlier box – it was sweetened, but not with caramel. I love the texture, but then I don’t care much for “normal” popcorn because I hate the little sharp pieces we get sometimes, so I’ll try this even though I’m not a fan of caramel corn in general. I’ve had yucca chips in Love With Food boxes and find them rather bland. Maybe they need to be eaten with salsa or something. I will find someone to eat the banana thing since I don’t care much for bananas unless they’re frozen.