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Universal Yums: March 2019 – Ukraine

This month’s Universal Yums box came from Ukraine. My Ukrainian colleague assured me that Ukraine is well known for having many chocolate factories and there was indeed plenty of chocolate in the box. There were also a fair few onion flavoured things, which was interesting. Overall it was a mixed box with some very nice snacks and some very average ones. There weren’t many new flavours so it wasn’t the most exciting box.

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Universal Yums: February 2019 – Italy

This month’s box came from Italy. It has been the box I could eat the least from because there were so many things with nuts in them. Fortunately Little O was on hand to help me with the eating.

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Universal Yums: January 2019 – Germany

This month’s snacks came from Germany. I have actually been to Germany a few times in my previous job. We had offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Dusseldorf… although I never actually went to the Dusseldorf office. I always enjoyed the food in Germany. I have a particular soft spot for currywurst. I never got to eat many snacks though, so I was excited to try this box.

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Universal Yums: Holiday Box 2018

As per tradition the December Universal Yums box was focused on food typically eaten at various holidays around the world. There were some pretty tasty items in the box… and some pretty weird ones that I did not love. Check out what we tasted.

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Universal Yums: November 2018 Box – The Netherlands

November’s box came from The Netherlands. The moment I realised where it was coming from I got really excited. My dad is Dutch and I grew up with snacks sent to us from my Oom Coe and Tante Zus (my great aunt and her husband). I have also been to Amsterdam and loved the food. I was not disappointed as this was one of the best boxes we have had so far.

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Universal Yums: October 2018 box – Russia

This month’s box came from Russia, which is somewhere that both frightens and fascinates me. There were some really nice things in the box and some fairly run of the mill ones. All in all a pretty average box.

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Universal YUMS: September Box – Thailand

I have never been to Thailand but I have always liked the food. Itโ€™s really exciting how Thai food balances sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavours so I was very excited to taste what was in this monthโ€™s box.

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Universal Yums June 2018 box: Brazil

Last month’s box came from Brazil, which is somewhere I am very keen to visit. One of my most beloved colleagues from my previous job is a Brazilian chap and he told me the most wonderful stories of his life there. It seems like such an exciting melting pot of a place. In terms of snacks, it too was a really mixed bag. There were some great things and some not so great things but definitely enough unusual flavours to keep me intrigued.

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Universal Yums May 2018 Box: The Philippines

This month’s snacks came all the way from The Philippines. I was really excited to try this box because I have never had food from The Philippines before. While the western European boxes are nice, it is much more exciting to taste foods from less familiar places.

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Universal Yums April 2018 box: Spain

Last month’s snacks came from Spain. There were some great ones and some weird ones but I would say all in all a good an varied box. This is what we tasted.

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Universal Yums February 2018 box: France

I wasn’t massively excited when I found out February’s box was going to be France. I reckoned it would be a bit boring but I was totally wrong. Pretty much everything in the box was delicious and quite a few bits were things I had never eaten before. The flavours weren’t crazy or anything but they were still great. The French are, of course, known for their cuisine so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that they pulled it out of the box (see what I did there).

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Universal Yums January 2018 Box: Greece

The first Universal Yums box of the year for 2018 is from Greece! Let’s see what Mediterranean delights we tried.

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Universal Yums December box: Christmas around the world

This month’s Universal Yums box featured typical Christmas snacks from around the world. It was a mixed bag. Some stuff was delicious. Other bits were… interesting…ย  Read more…

Universal Yums November box: Turkey

This month The O’s tasted snacks from Turkey!

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Chocolate from New Zealand

It was my birthday earlier this month and one of the best gifts I got was a care package from my friend, J, who lives in New Zealand. J and I have been friends for over 10 years and initially met when we both used to blog on Windows Live Spaces (yes, that was a thing). We hit it off so much that we took trips to visit each other (she was living in Australia at the time) and even ended up working together for a year.

J has gotten on board with my love of eating on camera so she sent me chocolate from New Zealand to try, along with a new pin, which is my latest obsession. You can check out J’s current blog here. And you can see what I thought of the Kiwi chocolate below. Read more…

Tastes of Israel

I have been having such a fun time sharing my stories and posts of trying food from around the world that some of my friends have started joining in and helping me get my hands on new flavours.

I met Y, through Instagram when we both did a challenge to post a selfie every day for 100 days. Since then we have chatted regularly through Instagram and gotten to know each other through our stories and posts. Y lives in Tel Aviv in Israel and is a computer science student. She was recently kind enough to send me some Israeli snacks, which I have documented tasting below. I also sent her some British things which I can’t wait to see her reaction to.

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Universal Yums October Box: Belgium

In October Mr O and I tasted snacks from… Belgium! Normally what makes the Universal Yums boxes really exciting is that we get to taste stuff that we have never tasted before or possible even heard of. Even with the South Korean box that we didn’t really like there was a weirdness factor that made it cool.

Unfortunately this is kind of where the Belgian box fell down. it wasn’t that the snacks weren’t nice. It was more that Belgium is maybe a little bit close to home. There was nothing in the box that I hadn’t tasted or seen before, especially since I have quite often traveled to Belgium for work. It just didn’t pack a flavour punch and most of what we tasted was very sweet. Anyway, this is what we had. Read more…

Universal Yums June box: Mexico

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.

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