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 three sizes of box, the Yum ($14), the Yum Yum ($25), and the Super Yum Box($39). This is the Yum Yum box, and it’s a fun subscription that we get a kick out of each and every month.
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In March, the yums are from the Ukraine!
All of the items that came in my Ukraine Box!
Each month our box comes with a whole catalog telling about the counrty represented and about each item in the box.
At the front of the booklet each month we get a note from Universal Yums. This month they tell us a bit about the history of the Ukraine and how it has been under many different rules but still managed to keep its culture and cuisine in tact.
The information book has notes about all of the items and their ingredients.
These books are so informative – it includes a bit of the snack’s history and how it might taste.
Potato and Onion Potato Boom – Ukraine also loves french fries except with a twist. They brown them on the store and add onions. These are like fried potatoes in a bag and were really yummy. Universal also included a recipe for us to try making the original version at home.
Veal & Adjika Potato Boom – I was excited to see another version of the Potato Booms in the box. Universal Yums tells us that adjika is the condiment of choice in Ukraine. It is a salty add and has a bit of spice to it. While I was a bit turned off by the veal in the name these were just as tasty as the first bag. They had a little kick to them but nothing different then I would do here with some fry seasoning that you can add at different restaurants.
Kaubie Creamy Deluxe Toffee Squares – A rich and creamy toffee. Ukraine knows their toffee. Ukraine has always worked and preserving crops and with an abundance of raw milk that would not last through the winter, they have perfected caramels and toffees and made the creamier and gooier so they could enjoy them all winter long.
Kaubie Caramelized Peanuts with Puffed Rice Bar – This was not in our booklet but was an extra yum in my box. Another delicious yummy snack. I could see having these for on the go snacks in my bag.
Dill & Sour Cream Golden Chips – One of the most sought after and unique snacks in Ukraine. Unlike our potato chips the Golden Crisps are made from mashed potatoes, then dried and cut to create delicate paper thin chips. I’m a potato chip junkie and I did like these. They had a bit of a strong taste for me but it wasn’t stopping me from eating them.
Aspic & Horseradish Golden Chips – Another Golden Crisp to try and this one is Aspic a.k.a. cold meat jelly and horseradish. There is no actual meat in the aspic but just the flavor and I’m not a fan. I really tried to like these since hello chips but nope this flavor is just not for me.
Shoud’e Cinnamon Caramel Chocolate – Cinnamon and chocolate and holy moly I had no clue how good it would be. I really think we need to have this combo more in the US. Universal Yums tells us that right now most of the Ukraine who are practicing Orthodox Christianity and are observing Lent so not eating things like this but we get to try them here. They will be flying off the shelves soon enough.
Shoud’e Dark Chocolate with Candied Fruits – A 70% cocoa blend chocolate bar dotted with colorful dried oranges, lemons, and raspberries. I laughed a bit when I was eating this one as it reminds me of the chocolate bars I get when at Disney World. Not the actual flavor but that it has colorful fun little bites on the top.
Roshen Creme Brule Chocolate – The company that makes these are the 24th largest candy empire in the world and this bar is based on the popular dessert. The chocolate bar is filled with a gooey caramel cream filling and has been enjoyed by Ukrainians for over a decade.
Slasti Curd Waffles – Cheese curds are Ukraine’s most popular type of cheese. They eat them plain or incorporate them into traditional dishes. Their curds are a soft, delicate cheese that looks like a cross between feta and cream cheese with a mild, nutty taste that complements sweet and savory dishes. While I like wafer cookies these were just not for me. I just don’t think I could get past the curd but I’m also no a cheese person so the whole thought was rough for me.
Salute Ham & Mustard Puffs – People in Ukraine also do a ham for Easter dinner to except they carry it to church with them to be blessed first. They then set it on the table to be nibbled on the rest of the day. Since they could not send us a ham they sent us a puff version to sample.
All of the smaller candies come in the YUM bag!
The back of the bag tells us about the Yum Bag concept. I love the colors on the whole bag and how I don’t know what’s in it until I open it up, unless I sneak in the booklet for spoilers but I try not to do that.
Minky Binky – Minky Binky is the monkey on the wrapper and this fruit-filled caramel was introduced in 2016 and was the most popular candy that year. It is also the first milk caramel to incorporate real fruit juices.
Roshen Ladybird – Ukraine calls this their lucky “Ladybird” candies. They are assorted fruit gummies with juicy fillings. If your house is like mine then gummies might as well be a food group so these went really fast with my boys. They gave them two thumbs up.
Barberry Karamelkino – These are new berries for us to try – the barberry. The barberry is a ruby berry that has been used for centuries as a powerful natural remedy for infection, indigestion, and heartburn. These candies give us a taste of the versatile berry with its floral sweetness and delightful tang.
I’ll admit I didn’t really know much about Ukraine before getting my Universal Yums box this month. Only that they have produced some great gymnasts but after going through my yums and trying all the goodies I do think it could be a country I could visit. If their snacks are any indication then I can be all in. I really enjoyed the box this month and learning a bit more about the unique foods of the country.
What’s coming up?
Golden rocks, gorgeous gardens, a very holy wall,
Rocky deserts, salty seas, this country has it all!
We didn’t even mention all the Yums that you can eat,
Popping chocolate, pomegranate, and a special nutty sweet.
Next Month Universal Yums is going to Israel!
Have you tried Universal Yums? What do you think?