Universal Yums May 2017 Subscription Box Review – Japan

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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. 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 we get a kick out of each and every month.

This month we were treated to yums from Japan! 

When you take away the topper you can see the goodies and the informational book for the box. I love how there are always such great sample sizes in this box and they are neatly packed.

This month’s introductory notes tells us about their Japan selections.

The information book has notes about all of the items and ingredients for them.

The booklet also has things to check out in Japan and how to start folding origami. Every time I see instructions like this I think of cruising and getting towel art on my bed and my dinner napkins being all folded. I’ve definitely got summer on the brain.

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.

I love all the bright colors on the yums we received this month.

Aerial Cheese Snacks – These are 4 layers of flaky goodness. They taste like something I would get here and even my boys thought they were pretty good.

Everyburger Cookie – I had to laugh when I saw these and thought they would be a chewy type candy but they are actually CHOCOLATE! I couldn’t have been more surprised and was excited to actually like them.

UHA Puccho Ramune – This was interesting. While not bad I’m not sure it was something I would want a lot of. It was chewy and is supposed to taste like a favorite drink in Japan.

Bourbon Petit Caramel Rice Crackers – Rice cakes that are dripped in caramel to make them a sweet dessert treat.

Kaugai Kiwi Gummies – I’ve never had kiwi flavored gummies before but I was intrigued and I was not disappointed. These are the only goodie that was repeated from the first time Universal Yums visited Japan back in July 2015.

Mame Mix – Oh yum! This is a bean mix  but it is so delicious. There are dried seaweed peas, broad beans, and Japanese peanuts. These peanuts are lightly coated in wheat flour and soy sauce and then flash fried. They were actually created in Mexico so this is a truly universal yum!

Black Thunder Chocolate Bar – Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate – Yes please!

Sakuma Macha Milk Candy – Green tea candy that is full of caffeine. Since its a bit late I’m going to hold out on these for another day when I need some oomph to keep going.

Umaibo Gyutan – Nope, nope, nope I’m not eating anything that is flavored with Beef Tongue.

Rakka Ame Candy – Sweet and Salty all in one. That is a delightful combination of peanut butter outside and peanuty inside.

Ribon Nama Ume Candy – My boys are obsessed with food challenges with their friends and yum let’s just say I’m keeping the extras of these for that. They have a sweet outer shell and on the inside is pickled plum. In Japan, they pickle with lots and lots of salt and WOW was it a bit much. They are going to love having this in one of their challenges.

Umaibo Teriyaki Burger – I’m couldn’t get into this one since the first one had beef tongue and this one is like a hamburger flavor. They may be a favorite in Japan but I just couldn’t.

Choco Kinako Mochi – Bonus DIY Item – This one looks fun and is going to take a bit of work to put it together so keeping it for another night when we have some time. Everyone loves to play with their food and this will allow us to do that and taste something unique.

Another scrumptious month of Universal Yums. There were a couple items I just couldn’t try this month but there was still a ton of great items in here. My boys and I love trying everything and looking into where they came from and the culture of the country. We already love Japanese food so getting some of their snacks was a fun treat and way to add onto our pallettes.

Did you think about the clue above? Can you guess which country is featured next? Clue: When it comes to this country, there’s talk of a wall…But we’ll cross it for Yums…cause we want  them all Coconut rolls, pineapple candy, and chips with some heat. Coming this summer, a fiesta that cannot be beat!

Next month, they are taking us to Mexico!

Have you tried Universal Yums? What do you think?


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  • Susan Burge (@georgiarealist)

    Too hot here – the chocolate things were melted when I got them out of the mailbox. The bar in particular was just the wafer – most of the chocolate was so thoroughly melted into the wrapper that I gave up trying to even get it off. The wafer was tasty, though. The burger ones were all slipped askew, and I don’t care for white chocolate, so I wasn’t impressed. Kasugai gummies are all great, and the matcha candies were good, too. Not so fond of the peanut candies, but I liked the “bean” mix and the puff things. The teriyaki cylinder snack was ok, the beef tongue one was just odd. (I’ll try almost anything once, although I’m still debating the cricket flour chips from the Degustabox…) And I quite liked the little candies with the salted plum inside. Hi Chews aren’t my thing, possibly because I dislike chewing gum and the texture is deliberately made to resemble gum. The Ramune flavor is odd, too. Haven’t tried the DIY kit yet. I’m not sure the little caramel rice cakes actually tasted much like caramel, but they weren’t bad. I can’t say I’m excited for another round of Mexican snacks, but I can always share with my Mexican neighbors.