Universal Yums November 2016 Subscription Box Review – Indonesia

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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 exciting snacks. This month they are taking us to Indonesia! 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 subscription ships at the very end of the month so you actually get it the next month but this month mine came early so I was excited to dig right in.

This month we were treated to some fun goodies and yums from Indonesia. The beautiful information booklet that comes each month provides some extra insight into that month’s countries history and culture. The tissue paper on the top is always in the design of the that month’s countries flag. It’s a cool touch that sets the stage for your culinary exploration of culture. It also makes me think of Sheldon’s Fun with Flags from the Big Bang Theory. I always get a chuckle when I open the box.

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This month’s introductory tells us a couple informational things about Indonesians and food.

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

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

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Rounding out the information book is a classic Indonesian fable and some music to listen too.

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Everything that came in my November box. This box was jammed full with all the bigger bags and boxes in this month’s goodies.

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Dua Kelinci Hotuts – Peanuts are found everywhere in Indonesia and therefore are in lots of the foods and snacks. These are fried peanuts coated in a spicy seasoning. I didn’t think these were too hot but they did have a kick to them.

BengBeng Chocolate Bar – Rice is an essential Indonesian food and is served with every meal. Not unlike my house since my boys both love rice and we eat a lot of it. This bar is delicious with rice baked and covered in melted caramel an chocolate.

Speculaas Ginger Cookies – Indonesia was a Dutch Colony to get started and while it is an independent there are some Dutch influences still left. This is one of them in a ginger cookie.  Ginger cookies are actually  my sons favorite cookies and he thought these were great.  I stopped him from eating the whole box in one sitting but I’m sure it will be gone soon.

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Superstar Triple Chocolate Wafer – Chocolate on Chocolate on Chocolate. That is what this could be called. It is a chocolate wafer filled with chocolate and then covered in chocolate.  So sweet.

Momogi Keju Cheese Stick  and Momogi Roasted BBQ Corn Stick – Universal Yums sent us two flavors of these cheese sticks to try. I’m not a big cheese person so this is not for me but they are unique in their rectangle shape and flavors.

Sin a Ginger Chews – These sound like an all around pick me up snack. I am keeping these for when I’m not feeling so great and then I’ll dig into this hot, spicy ginger snack.

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Tic Tac Spicy Crackers – These are not the tic tacs we have here in America and are made from tapioca starch and a blend of spices.  They aren’t too spicy and the Indonesians add them to soup for a bit of flavoring.  I have some soup here that is made through my Keurig that is a bit bland so I’m going to try these in there the next time I make a cup.

Deka ChocoBanana Crepes – I’m keeping these for my youngest son since chocolate and banana are right up his alley.  These are a crunchy crepe filled with a smooth banana and chocolate filling.  They sound so sweet  and my son will love them.

Richeese Rolls – OH no another cheese tasting item. I’m going to pass this one on to a friend who is more of a cheese person then me.  These are rolled wafers filled with sharp Swiss Cheese.

Nano Nano Sweet & Sour Candy – Oh my gosh I’m in love with these. They are “interesting” to say the least with a bit of sweet, sour and salty all in one. I read the description before I tried them and I still had no idea what I was in for however I would eat more of these. They sent two packages and my kids love to do food challenges with the neighbors and I’m keeping the second pack for them to use when playing. Someone is going to be in for a real surprise.

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Choki Choki Choc Cashew Spread – This is Indonesia’s most famous snack and is a tube of chocolate cashew cream. You can pour it onto the top of ice cream or bread or just right into your mouth.

Chili Cheese Balls – These are made by the same company that makes Lays Potatoe chips and they taste like cheese balls you can get here in the states. A little much for me but my son will like them so I’m going to put them in his lunch tomorrow as a surprise.

Barley Mint Candy – Hmm this is one of those that just baffles the mind.  It is barley mixed with mint and while not horrible its not something I’m going to be grabbing for anytime soon.

Roast Corn Cheetos – Every country seems to have a different flavoring of cheetos. I have a hard time getting over the orange color of my fingers after eating some so I’m not sure the flavor is going to matter.  These are a taste that isn’t too strong but it’s hard to eat something you are expecting one way and then for it to taste something different.

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Can you guess which country is featured next? Clue: It’s the place of bratwurst and beer!  I’m going with Germany which is my heritage so I can’t wait to see what they send!

Universal Yums is a such a full box of goodies that we love digging in each month. I love that we get to taste items from different countries but I also get to look up and talk about different countries with my boys each month. Its a great way to try and learn new things. There are so many goodies in each box that there is always something for everyone to taste and like and sample.

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