Universal Yums January 2017 Subscription Box Review – Ukraine

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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 the Ukraine! There are two sizes of box, the Yum ($13) and the Yum Yum ($25). This is the Yum Yum box, and it’s a fun subscription that shines each and every month.

This month we were treated to yums from the Ukraine. This month had a new topper to the box when you opened it. Instead of a tissue paper flag, there was a shiny topper of the flag with the theme.

The underside of the topper had a scoresheet for the yums and also a fun puzzle for the next box.

The beautiful information booklet that comes each month provides some extra insight into that month’s countries history and culture.

This month’s introductory welcomes us to the new year and lets us know that we have never visited this country before.

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.

Rounding out the information book is information on some Ukranian Art, what they would eat for breakfast and some cool places to visit.

The back of the booklet gives us a clue for the next month. Think it over and I’ll share where it is at the bottom of the post.

Everything that came in my January box. All of the smaller snacks were sealed in a bag inside the box to keep them from getting jumbled around in shipping. A great way to keep them safe and delicious.

Who Said Muuu? – This was yummy and we finished it quickly. It is a wafer filled with cream filling and coated in chocolate. Really nothing in there isn’t worth liking.

Macho Forest Mushroom Chips – I’m a huge mushroom lover and had no clue that it was a main ingredient in lots of Ukraine dishes. I do love chips but these were a bit much for me. I can’t place what it was, just not ones I will be reaching for.

Kruasel Croissant with Mochaccino Filling – I’m just not a coffee drinker and really I don’t like the taste of it so I’m going to pass this on to a friend but Universal Yums tells us this on one of the best pastries they have put inside their boxes with a chocolate filling with subtle hints of coffee and then a croissant that is not too sweet or too soft.

Macho Bacon Peanuts – Everything is better with bacon! These peanuts have a strong bacon flavor to start but I’m told it got better. I couldn’t get past the first few but I could see them being fun to have out at a party or other event.

Red Caviar Bread Snacks – I tried caviar once and didn’t care for it but these weren’t bad. A little odd on my palette but not bad.

Crazy Bee Candies – These are totally me. The note says if you love Gushers you will love these and I agree. Gushers are my favorite fruit snack candy and if we had these here I’d definitely get more.

Svitoch Peach Yogurt Milk Chocolate Bar – A chocolate bar from one of the oldest companies in the Ukraine sounds like a winner. The company is now mostly owned by Nestle but the chocolate is still great and a peach yogurt infused chocolate bar is something I didn’t know I needed but I would eat again.

Sour Cream with Herbs Bread Sticks – I knew I wanted to go to the Ukraine. They are the leading producers of grain in Europe and even the entire world and with that, they eat a lot of bread. I love Bread and pretty much all bread products. These were great and just like a sour cream and herb chips we would get here. Delicious.

Oreiro Apricot & Cream Bon Bons – I’m laughing with the name Bon Bons since I pull up visions of stay at home moms all sitting around eating chilled bon bons all day long. These are nothing like what I think of a bon bon but it was ok. A wafer with some filling which had a bit of a bite to it for me.

Roshen Creme Brulee Milk Chocolate Bar – I tossed this one right to my husband. He loves caramel and chocolate so I knew he would love this one. He downed it quickly. The founder of this company Petro Poroshenko was elected the 5th president of Ukraine and due to tense negotiations with Russia, all Roshen products are banned from Russia so they can not get the goodness there anymore.

Svitoch “Chervonyl Mak” Candy – Another chocolaty goodness with a special meaning. The poppy is a symbol used to memorialize servicemen who have died in war. So not only do you get a yummy chocolate yum you get to have warm memories and thoughts as well.

Glass of Milk Caramels – More caramel I tossed right over to my hubby. He said the caramel was good but he didn’t love the inside milky filling. It did not stop him from eating all of them, though.

Velvet Night (Barkhat Nochi) Chocolates – These are cute and look like a hazelnut or a Hershey’s kiss. A creamy chocolate filled with chocolate filling with crushed roasted hazelnuts. Individually wrapped so people can grab them cheaper than buying a whole box.

Fizzy Boom Hard Candies – This what I would call the Ukraine version of a Zotz candy. It is a hard candy with a fizzy center and they are so much fun. I love hard candies and this added oomph just makes it exciting and unexpected. It really made me think since I knew I had something like it before and then I remembered what they were called. Now I want to order some Zotz for my house.

Universal Yums is a great box not only in that we get to try goodies from around the world but it leads discussions on how other countries live and where they are and what they like. Anything that is not only delicious and educational is a win-win for me. They send so many items there is something for everyone to try and love.

Did you think about the clue above? Can you guess which country is featured next? Clue: Ditch the horoscope, because we can already say- That you’ll fall in love soon…with Yums on the way! Orange cookies, anise candies, and tiramisu, their “cibo” is so easy to love, you won’t want to share with your boo!

Next month they are taking us to Italy!

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  • Susan Burge (@georgiarealist)

    Like you, I loved the Crazy Bee candies, although I couldn’t tell you what flavors were inside them (possibly because I ate them so fast!). The Fizzy Boom ones were interesting, too, although I seldom like hard candies. I liked the croissant, too, but was disappointed in the mushroom chips. I love mushrooms, but the flavor just didn’t come across right to me. Not terribly fond of the sour cream with herbs bread things, so I haven’t tried the caviar ones yet – honestly a little suspicious of those, as I don’t really like caviar and think the reason people eat it with all the things they generally serve it with is to cover up the taste. And while I like bacon, I’m not partial to peanuts. These were truly awful and went right in the trash after I ate a couple.