Universal Yums

Universal Yums

Universal Yums

4.4 overall rating

35 subscriber ratings

Universal Yums! is a food subscription service that brings you snacks from a different country each month. Their goal is to send subscribers boxes that allow them to "Snack Like A Local" on a range of yummy, new, and surprising finds. Choose between two sizes: the Yum box ($13/month) or the Yum Yum box ($20/month).

The Basics

  • $25 per month
  • Ships to US and Canada
$25
per month

Featured Review: Universal Yums "Everywhere” Review - December 2020

by Becca Peterson on December 23, 2020

Universal Yums is a snack subscription box that curates treats from a different country every month. Our December 2020 review takes everywhere! Read more...

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The Basics

  • $25 per month
  • Ships to US and Canada

How Do Subscribers Rate Universal Yums?

Star Rating Overview

Star Rating Overview

4.4
4.4 overall Rating
35 Ratings
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Featured Universal Yums Reviews

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January 19, 2021
I really loved this subscription box! I received the France and Brazil boxes from February and March 2020. The variety and flavors of snacks were excellent, with plenty of chocolate, which was consistently my favorite. There were only a couple of disappointments per box since I tend to dislike hard candies in general. The packaging was a ton of fun too, with the informational pamphlet and voting card. Unfortunately, I unsubscribed since I decided to reset my snacking habits and stay away from processed foods. However, I would definitely recommend this and resubscribe occasionally when I want to treat myself and "explore the world" from my couch. :)
May 31, 2020
Scam! According to their website, their previous box was Scandinavia and their upcoming box is the Philippines. So I spent nearly $50 on the largest sized boxed as a gift, expecting one of the two. Instead I received the United Kingdom, with most of the snacks being potato chips. Not worth $20, let alone $50. I get that part of the appeal is the "surprise" of the country, but as a gift...you should have some say in what you're choosing. Would not recommend.
September 24, 2018
I've been a long standing customer since 2015. The service isn't perfect and there are consistency issues. For example, the Pakistan box from September 2017 was a huge disappointment. The quality of snacks was poor and the flavours bland. The contents of that box were very cheap. However, the Belgium box from the following month was chock full of incredibly tasty snacks and was well worth it. If you are new to subscription snack and food boxes universal yums isn't the best performer and you might not be that impressed with every box you receive. Try one of the asian boxes.
August 16, 2018
We started last month (July of 2018) with the Taiwan box and loved the experience. So many interesting new tastes and what a great way to encourage children to try new foods. Even my pickiest eaters joined the fun and tried everything. And, what an excellent way to get everyone involved in discourse about flavors, food, and culture. Looking forward to receiving our next box.
July 17, 2018
Truly love this subscription box! There is always a variety. I am a picky eater but always try every snack and I can say that i have never had a disgusting snack. I have had some I don't like but that's usually only 1 item out of 12 or so (and usually because I don't like the spicy things).
April 19, 2018
I just received my Spain box for April 2018 and it was so much fun unboxing it. There are so many interesting things to try but right now I have a cold so the only one I have done so far was the spicy mango candy. I needed something spicy I could taste. it is not too sweet and the spice is not so overwhelming that you have to run for a drink. There is a good assortment of savory and sweet. The little booklet with all the facts and trivia was so much fun. The truth is it is not a lot but what is in here is a good mix of snacks and some of them can be very hard to find. I checked out prices on the internet and it really was worth the cost of the box. What a fun way to learn about the culture of another country. Excuse me now while I go throw some tomatoes.
March 28, 2018
Hi Joshua, I am one of the founders of Universal Yums and I wanted to address your review. I'm terribly sorry that your box was lost in transit and that our team was not able to respond in our normal 24-48 hour timeline. I just checked with our customer support manager, and she assured me that we were sending you a replacement box this morning. We hope you enjoy your new box, and that arrives without any issues this time! Thank you, Monique Bernstein Co-founder, Universal Yums
March 27, 2018
Utterly terrible company. Placed my order the week of 3/16, got shipping information almost immediately (woo, I was excited) shipping started the next day and was due to arrive on 3/20. In my mind this was fantastic shipping time. 3/20 comes and goes, package is marked as delivered, but nothing has arrived. I know that USPS / UPS sometimes mess things up, so, decided to wait it out a day. on 3/22, after talking with my apartment's front office and my neighbors to see that no one received my package, I contacted USPS - who told me to contact Universal Yums. I sent an email on 3/22 (since they do not have a telephone number to call, email is the only customer service they seem to offer). Received an automated email informing me I should expect a response within 24-48 hours. After hearing nothing by 3/24, I sent another email and commented on their facebook page. After not hearing anything by 3/26, I posted once again on their facebook page. They are active, as they are responding to other individuals, but they are ignoring me. Cancelled my subscription payment and, what do you know, they finally got back to me. Terrible company. 0/10 would not shop again.
March 12, 2017
[UPDATED REVIEW] After a 2 month delay for my first box (and then a third month for 'lack of inventory' but the compromise of a free upgrade), I received my first box in 3/17 - Israel! The box had a great combo of salty + sweet snacks (plus a little wooden dreidel!), and the little fact booklet is a great touch. The snacks were a little less exotic than I'd hoped, but still interesting and fun. I still wish they'd include more small non-edible items a la the dreidel I received with this box, but if you enjoy learning about other cultures and aren't hard-up for that $25, I definitely recommend it.
March 5, 2017
Ordered in Dec '16 and due to holidays was told my first box wouldn't arrive until Feb. After getting super excited, received an email in early Feb saying they'd run out of that month's box and I'd get a free upgrade to the $25 box for March. 'Kay. The box is really neat - 12+ snacks all from a specific country, with a little booklet discussing the culture and giving lengthy descriptions of each snack (also includes a recipe/local game, and a link to a playlist of local music). Each month's country is a surprise which adds to the fun. One of the snacks on the list wasn't in the box. The snacks are varied (salty, sweet, chips, etc) and in this first box I didn't receive anything as weird/exotic as I'd maybe hoped for. I won't say it's overpriced but it could be a tad bit cheaper, and it'd be cool if they added some trinkets or stickers to the mix. It was never my intent to go with the $25/mo option ($300/year!!!) and I think the $13 option (comes with 6 snacks instead of 12) might feel less worthwhile once I switch back to that, especially since I'll know I'm missing out on half the goods.

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