These days it seems there is a subscription box for almost everything. It all started with beauty samples (and I will admit I briefly got in on that) and then expanded out further and further to products for pets, fitness, children and everything in between. Mr O even gets vinyl from unsigned bands and razor blades. He actually contemplated getting a sock one but seriously, who needs that many socks.
I didn’t last too long with the beauty one I subscribed to because most of the products weren’t really relevant to me and I didn’t end up using most of it. My make-up bag constitutes approximately 5 items.
However, recently I saw an ad for a box that sends you a selection of snacks from a specific country every month. I was unable to resist. It’s the perfect box. Mr O and I are both foodies. We’re also both really into trying new flavours. It took me about five minutes to decide to subscribe to Universal Yums. I went for the Yum Box, where you get at least 6 snacks. It costs $14 per month (about £11) plus $2.50 (£2) shipping.
This month we got snacks from Mexico. I have been reviewing the snacks we received on my Insta Stories (follow me on Instagram @abbiosbiston) but I thought sharing the reviews would make for a fun blog series too. The photos and videos are from my stories so they might be a bit blurry on really big screens.
Barcel Habanero Potato chips
What is it?: Habanero chili flavoured crisps
Verdict: One of those spices that creeps up on you rather than a full frontal attack. I liked them but I definitely couldn’t cope with a whole bag. Even Mr O, who is a spice fiend had to go slowly.
What is it?: A marshmallow and strawberry chocolate bar that apparently you’re supposed to freeze before you eat it.
Verdict: It was okay. The texture out of the freezer was pleasingly chewy but it had a weird after taste.
Lucus Muecas Cucumber Lollipop
What is it?: Um… so it’s like a sucker which is cucumber and chili flavoured and then you lick it and dip it into even spicier chili powder.
Verdict: It was a really unusual flavour. I could see the cucumber lolly being tasty on it’s own with less chili but the chili was too hot even Mr O couldn’t handle it.
Sabritas Salt & Lime Peanuts
What is it?: Peanuts with a salt and lime flavouring
Verdict: We followed the serving suggestion and had these with beer… not Mexican unfortunately. They were delicious and soooo moreish! Perfect bar snack!
Rollo de Coco
What is it?: Shredded coconut mixed with sugar, milk and a little cinnamon
Verdict: It was soft and sticky and kind of reminded me of coconut ice. I liked it.
What is it?: Little gummy strawberry and chili flavoured sweets
Verdict: Mr O loved them. I was less sure. The flavour combination was just a little odd.
De La Rosa Mazapan
What is it?: Peanut candy
Verdict: It’s like peanut powder mixed with all the sugar in the world. It was hard to eat because it was so powdery and it was so sweet it made me feel a bit sick.
Las Sevillanas Obleas
What is it?: Little wafers with caramel made from goats milk in the middle
Verdict: I thought these were delicious. I mean there is a slightly goaty flavour but I am down with goat so it was all good.
Lucas Skwinkles Rellenos with Pineapple and Tamarind
What is it? Chewy pineapple sweet with tamarind filling and chili on the outside
Verdict: This was seriously delicious. The chili and pineapple goes very well together with the tamarind and it was very tangy and refreshing. I loved it.
The final overall scorecard looks like this:
Next month… South Korea!