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Universal Yums Review: Trying Some Snacks from Austria!

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Hallo! Welcome to Austria. Set of “The Sound of Music,” home to some really amazing chocolate, and supposedly the birthplace of Mozart (although some would disagree)… Have you ever been to Austria? I haven’t, so it was really fun to step into a little form of it by trying some of their most loved and well-known snacks. Not to mention learn a lot about the country and listen to a playlist based on music from Austria.

How did I do all this? Through Universal Yums, a monthly snack subscription box that takes you all around the world with a different theme every month. This month, I got to go to Austria and try some popular snacks. I ordered the Yum Yum box for $26, which gave me 10 snacks.

I opened this box with my family, and it was so much fun to try out new snacks with them. We laughed a lot, learned a lot about Austria through the trivia questions, and it was honestly a blast. This would be a great family night box and I absolutely recommend giving it a go.

What’s In the Box?

There are 3 different boxes you can sign up for through Universal Yums:

 

YUM BOX

YUM YUM BOX

SUPER YUM BOX

Price

Starts at $15

Starts at $26

Starts at $41

What do you get?

5-7 snacks and a 12 page trivia booklet

10-12 snacks and a 16 page trivia booklet

15-18 snacks (including a unique drink), and a trivia booklet with bonus content such as recipes.

As I said above, I ordered the Yum Yum Box, and received 10 snacks and a 16 page trivia booklet. Most of the snacks were chocolate related (not my husbands fave), but there were a couple of savory snacks in there as well. The Yum Yum Box is Universal Yums most popular subscription box.

Spicy Spikes Cheese & Turmeric Breadsticks

Spicy Spikes Cheese & Turmeric Breadsticks

One of the only non-chocolate snacks in the Austria box, I gave this one a rating of 7 out of 10 (my husband gave it a 4). This snack was literally like eating a long, fry shaped breadstick that tastes like cheese. It was super mild and I really liked it quite a bit.

Chocolate Covered Apricot Jellies

Chocolate Covered Apricot Jellies

Did you know that some of the sweetest and juiciest apricots in the world are grown in Austria? Me neither. And apparently Austrians use them in a variety of products, from candies to beauty products. I gave this snack a rating of 7. It tasted really good, it was just a bit messy with the chocolate coating flaking off. I’m a huge skeptic of Apricot flavoring, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Coconut Rolls

Coconut Rolls

This was absolutely my least favorite snack to try in the box. From the sweetness, to the flavoring and texture, this was a no-go for both me and my husband. Rated at a 0. Apparently these coconut rolls were very popular in 1950’s Austria, and are making a favorite comeback today! Once again, not my favorite, but you might like it!

Dark Chocolate Marzipan Bar

Dark Chocolate Marzipan Bar

From a dark chocolate lover, this was pretty good! The marzipan filling was not a favorite of mine, so ultimately I rated it a 6 out of 10. This is called a Mozart bar because it is claimed that Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. But interestingly enough, the Germans claim Mozart is from Germany, and other historians claim he was from a sovereign state. Whatever the truth is, if you like dark chocolate and marzipan, you’ll love this bar!

Milk Chocolate Cappuccino Bar

Milk Chocolate Cappuccino Bar

Another delicious looking chocolate bar, but this one has a twist! It smells as if you stepped right into a Starbucks, or better yet, a quaint coffee shop on the streets of Vienna. It smelled so much like coffee, it was a bit overpowering for me personally. As someone who doesn’t really like the smell or taste of coffee, I rated this bar at a 2. But if you love the smell of a coffee shop, and like chocolate, this might be your new favorite treat from Austria!

Dark Chocolate Banana Bar

Dark Chocolate Banana Bar

This “candy” bar is fluffy banana foam covered in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate must be a big thing in Austria… I can’t say I’m mad about it! The banana filling, though, had me reeling. It is literally what it sounds like. Intensely banana flavored foam which gave it a rating of a 3 from me. Apparently Austria loves bananas, and flavors many of their pastries and fillings and candy bars with banana flavoring.

Paprika Pea Crackers

Paprika Pea Crackers

The only other non-sweet snack, these were SO tasty! My 2 year old loved them so much, he kept asking for more. All three of us loved the flavoring, and the crackers are soft and easy to eat. We gave them a 10 out of 10! When we got to read the facts about why Universal Yums chose this cracker, we learned that Austria and Hungary actually used to be the same nation before 1918. After their split a lot of the food culture stayed mixed and you can find many similar foods in each country. So interesting!

Cheesecake Wafers

Cheesecake Wafers

One of my husbands favorite snacks from Austria was these cheesecake wafers. They scored at a solid 9! They are light and zesty flavored. Apparently Austria has a famous cheesecake called the Viennese cheesecake. Unlike a New York cheesecake, you’ll find dried fruit inside! It can also be more tart, which we definitely tasted in these wafers. Delicious!

Count Bobby, Crispy Caramel Milk Chocolate Candy Bar

Count Bobby, Crispy Caramel Milk Chocolate Candy Bar

Oh man, this was tasty and we rated it at an 8! It seemed like a regular old candy bar you could buy at the gas station. Apparently this candy bar has a funny meaning behind it. Count Bobby is the subject of some of Austria’s favorite jokes! Hw was an aristocrat who was always missing the point, and the head of many jokes for years to come.

Chocolate Tree Stumps

Chocolate Tree Stumps

Chocolate what? Tree stumps. You read that right. This snack is basically a thin wafer that is shaped like a tree stump (random, I know). It is filled with delicious chocolate, and they are downright yummy! I gave them a score of 10/10.

What We Like About Universal Yums

This was such a fun subscription box to try! We really liked how we got to step into another culture, not just by eating some of their most popular snacks, but by the vast knowledge that was shared in the 16 page trivia booklet. We also like how quickly it came, that the months are themed to different countries, and that it is a great way to spend time together as a family. Seriously, so fun!

What We Don’t Like About Universal Yums

One thing I really didn’t enjoy was the vast amount of emails I got from Universal Yums. It felt like I was deleting 2-3 emails from them daily. I also wish our Austria box had more variety, chocolate vs savory. But coming from the home of some of the world’s best chocolate, I can see why there was a lot of chocolate included.

Is Universal Yums Worth It?

I would absolutely say that Universal Yums is worth a try, and we highly recommend it!

I know I’ve mentioned this a few times, but what a fun family activity! It’s also fun to be brave, try new foods, and expand our culture through taste. I didn’t feel that the box was overpriced in any way, and I do feel like you get what you pay for. I know I’m excited for my next Universal Yums box!

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