Taste Test – Universal Yums (United Kingdom)

June 2020 Universal Yums brings us to the United Kingdom. Again I wish we had an England or Scotland set instead of the generic UK but it will be interesting to see what their snacks are like.

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Clotted Cream Flavored Fudge – absolutely delicious best in the box with a caramel taste and fudge consistency. Alex-7 Joe-10

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Kent Crisps Oyster and Vinegar – I did not detect the oyster flavor but the vinegar was very pronounced. The chips were of the kettle cooked variety. Alex-6 Joe-9

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Kent Crisps Ashmore Cheese & Onion – another kettle cooked type of chip. Alex-7 Joe-9

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Grandma Wild’s Toffee Flapjacks – Oat bar with toffee Alex-7 Joe-7

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Grandma Wild’s Oaty Cookies – These were very crumbly oat cookies Alex-7 Joe-7

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Johnny’s Pickled Onion Rings – very sour vinegar onion snacks. Great if you appreciate very sour foods. Alex-7 Joe-9

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Maces Honey & Mustard Potato Crisps – Unusual flavor in a thin chip Alex-6 Joe-6

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Prawn Cocktail Twirls – I did not really get the supposed prawn and cocktail sauce flavor Alex-6 Joe-6

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Grandma Wild’s Fruit & Lemon Cookies Alex-6 Joe-6

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Dean’s Shortbread Rounds – A decent shortbread cookie but not high quality Alex-7 Joe-8

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Chili & Lemon Potato Hoops – mild spicy flavor but not very good Alex-5 Joe-6

Welsh Potato Crisps Lamb & Mint – once again a meat flavored chip, if you have been following my Yum blogs you know that I do not like these meat flavored snacks. The meat flavor is not particularly pronounce in this chip. Alex-7 Joe-6

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Chewy Bonbons Rhubarb and Custard Very chewy almost like a caramel but with an unusual flavor Alex-7 Joe-7

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Chewy Bonbons strawberry Milkshake – Alex-8 Joe-7

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Yummy Banana Toffee – a very chewy toffee with a pronounced banana flavor Alex-7 Joe-6

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A very good toffee but I do not like nuts in my candy Alex-6 Joe-6

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Bristow’s Bucks Fizz Chews Alex-7 Joe-8

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Treacle Toffees – another good caramel treat Alex-6 Joe-9

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Bristow’s Sherbet Lemons – a typical hard candy nothing special Alex-7 Joe-6

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Bristow’s Chocolate Limes Alex-8 Joe-8

A good box with not many standout Yims but almost no really bad ones either.

Alex 6.75 out of 10
Joe 7.30 out of 10

Taste Test – Universal Yums (Philippines)

Universal Yums for May 2020 is from The Philippines. The only other Asian Yum since we joined the club was from Thailand and that was my lowest score so far. Lets see how this one comes out.

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Calamares Toyo Mansi – Soy sauce and lime wheat snacks Alex-6 Joe-6

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Lipps Strawberry and Mango Flavored Hard Candy
Mango Alex-10 Joe-6
Strawberry Alex-6 Joe-7

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Farmer John Sour Cream & French Onion Potato Chips – a good solid chip Alex-9 Joe-8

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Fudge Barr Salted Caramel – chocolate cake with caramel filling excellent Alex-9 Joe-10

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Chips Delight Peanut and Caramel Chip Cookies Alex-7 Joe-7

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Cheesy Corn Crunch Buffalo Wings – corn puffs with a mild buffalo wing flavor Alex-9 Joe-7

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Baked Cheezy Puffs Sweet Butter and Cheese Alex-7 Joe-8

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Farmer John BBQ Sausage – Alex likes barbecue flavored chips and I do not so our scores reflect this bias Alex-9 Joe-5

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Soft Cookies with Mango Bits – quite good soft and chewy Alex-9 Joe-9

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Banana Thins Honey Dipped – banana chips Alex-6 Joe-7

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Boy Bawang Cornick Adobo Flavor – Adobo flavored corn nuts, I do like corn nuts but did not care for this flavoring Alex-6 Joe-6

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Egg Bites – Crispy egg cookies – unusual flavor not to my liking Alex-7 Joe-6

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Cupp Keyk Coco Ube – Ube cupcake with coconut flakes Ube is a sweet purple yam Alex-5 Joe-5

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ChocoMucho – Chocolate wafer cookie with caramel, crisped rice and dark chocolate Alex loved this and I also thought it was very good Alex-10 Joe-8

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Goldilocks Pinipig Polvoron – Toasted rice shortbread cookie the flavor was ok but the texture was off-putting very crumbly almost chalky Alex-5 Joe-7

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Goldilocks Coffee Crunch Polvoron – coffee shortbread with cashews very strong coffee flavor and odor. You can smell coffee as soon as you open the package, still has the same crumbly dry texture. The flavor was so good I think I could get used to the texture. Alex-6 Joe-9

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Cupp Keyk Buko Pandan – Pandan cupcake with coconut flakes not a big fan of pandan Alex-5 Joe-5

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Fudgee Bar Macapuno – Macapuno cake with cream filling. A macapuna coconut is filled with soft jelly like flesh and is what this cake is made from. Alex-5 Joe-5

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ChocoMucho Cookies and Cream – Chocolate cookie bar with caramel, crisp rice and white chocolate Alex-5 Joe-7

An interesting box Alex had his second highest score overall and although my score was very close to his I have a half dozen countries rated higher than this box. We both had a mixture of some very high scores but also some low scores that brought the average down.

Alex 7.05 out of 10
Joe 7.00 out of 10

Taste Test – Universal Yums (Scandinavia)

We were a little dissapointed that this month’s Universal Yums package was from “Scandinavia” and not from an individual country. We look forward every month to doing a deep dive in the country of origin for the yums and not a whole region. I am sure that each country could supply enough snacks to fill a box on the own. The countries represented in this box are: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

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Not-Creme – cookie dough pralines from Sweden Alex-8 Joe-8

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Chok Skalle Jordgubb Kola – milk chocolate with strawberry and caramel from Sweden Alex-8 Joe-10

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KiM’s Ostepops Original – cheesy corn puffs from Norway Alex-9 Joe-10

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Finnish Soft Eating Licorice Strawberry from Finland Alex-8 Joe-6

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Not-Creme Original – Chocolate hazelnut cream packet from Sweden. An unusual yum it is a packet of soft cream like Nutella but with a much more liquid texture Alex-7 Joe-6

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Pepperkaks Kola – gingerbread toffee from Sweden Alex-6 Joe-6

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Tasty Potato Sticks – sour cream and onion flavor from Denmark and Norway Alex-8 Joe-7

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Crunch Cut Paprika & Krydet Tomat – Tomato and paprika ruffle cut chips from Denmark Alex-8 Joe-6

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KiM’s American Grill – potato chips with grill seasoning from Norway Alex-8 Joe-6

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Franske Vafler – puff pastry with cream filling from Denmark Alex-8 Joe-9

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Dramur – milk chocolate with salted caramel crispies from Iceland Alex-8 Joe-9

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Salmiakki-matto salty licorice bar from Finland Alex-7 Joe-3

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KiM’s Snack Chips – potato snack with assorted spices from Denmark Alex-6 Joe-6

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Cool Hallon Skalle Skum – raspberry gummies from Sweden Alex-7 Joe-7

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Cool Cola Skalle – cola dummies from Sweden Alex-7 Joe-4

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Marie Kiks – traditional biscuits (cookies) from Denmark rather bland tasting cookies Alex 6 Joe-5

Choko-Flager Oat cookies with cocoa filling from Denmark Alex-7 Joe-7

Caramel and Salty Popcorn from Denmark Alex-8 Joe-9

Villikottur – milk chocolate wafer with rice crispies and caramel from Iceland Alex-7 Joe-9

Kolafabriken Fizzy Toffee – bubblegum toffee from Sweden Alex-8 Joe-4

It seems like most of the snacks were from Denmark and Sweden with only a few from Norway, Finland and Iceland. The box wasn’t too bad with it having one of Alex’s highest scores.

Alex 7.45 out of 10
Joe 6.85 out of 10

Taste Test – Universal Yums (Brazil)

The whole family is excited for this month’s box from Universal Yums. It is from Rita’s home country Brazil. Lets see how the snacks stack up for the family and if they bring back memories for Rita.

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Vitarella Wafer Sabor Bem Casado – Wafers with cocoa and dulce de leche filling Alex 8 Joe-8

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Bib’s Morango Extreme – white chocolate with strawberries Alex-4 Joe-9

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Pipoca Doce Bilu – sweetened popcorn snack was one of Rita’s favorites growing up, she ate the whole bag after our taste Alex-8 Joe-6

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Mandioca Chips Cebola – Cassava chips with onion and parsley Alex 5 Joe-5

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Delicitos Sabor Pimenta – Wheat snack with chili pepper seasoning Alex-6 Joe-5

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Pic Premium Picanha – steak flavored wheat snacks Alex-6 Joe-4

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Bilu Top Regueijao – Cream cheese flavored corn snacks Alex-8 Joe-9

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Bilu Top Pizza – Pizza flavored corn snacks Alex-8 Joe-6

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Tropical Chocolate Branco – White chocolate bar with caramel and banana I could do without the banana flavor but a pretty good white chocolate bar Alex does not like white chocolate Alex-4 Joe-8

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Salsitos Sabor Pipoca – Corn puffs with popcorn flavor best in the box we devoured the entire bag upon opening Alex-10 Joe-10

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Tortinhas Due – cookies with guava jelly and cheesecake cream almost like a jammy dodger Alex-7 Joe-7

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Delicia Queijadinha Superiore – Cookies with parmesan cheese and coconut flavor Alex-6 Joe-5

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Caramelos Premium Torta de Limao – lime pie flavored milk caramel Alex-5 Joe-8

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Caramelos Premium Mousse de Maracuja – Passion fruit flavored milk caramel Alex-6 Joe-8

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Fruit Full Sabor Abecaxi – Pineapple fruit chews Alex 6 Joe-8

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Cory Pao Dimel – chocolate cake with chocolate coating and sprinkles Alex-8 Joe-7

Pacoguita Original – peanut candy one of Rita’s childhood favorites Alex-7 Joe-5

Bib’s Flocos – dark chocolate with crisped rice Alex-8 Joe-9

Bilu Wave Churrasco – grilled beef flavored potato chips Alex-7 Joe-4

Bib’s Crocante – peanut toffee with chocolate coating Alex-6 Joe-6

Rita was very disappointed in the box saying that she could have picked out much better snacks with a trip to the local Brazilian store. She stated that many of the brands were lower end venders and better options were available. Our scores indicate that Alex and I rated it a middle of the road box as well.

Alex 6.65 out of 10
Joe 6.85 out of 10

Taste Test – Universal Yums (France)

Universal Yums for the month are from France. We have high hopes for their snacks being such a foodie nation lets see:

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Jacquot Almond Truffles – delicious almond flavored truffles Alex-8 Joe-10

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Bret’s Aux Cepes – unusual mushroom flavored chips Not much mushroom flavor but not bad Alex-5 Joe-7

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Cemoi Dark chocolate with Sea Salt Crystals – a great tasting dark chocolate Alex-7 Joe-10

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Cemoi Mango & Sichuan Pepper Dark Chocolate – a tangy peppery chocolate not Alex’s favorite 🙁 Alex-2 Joe-8

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Bret’s Au Forage du Jura – Cheese flavored potato chips alex-7 Joe-8

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Sibell Chips Craquantes Moutarde Miel – Honey mustard potato chips Alex-8 Joe-7

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C’Tro Bon Sables Cacao – Chocolate cookies with hazelnut cream – delicious chocolate cookies the hazelnut flavor is the only thing keeping it from a ten for me. Alex-9 Joe-9

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Sibell Tube a Grignoter Fromage – cheese flavored tube snacks Alex-7 Joe-8

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Sibell Chips Saveur Vinaigre – Vinegar potato chips Alex-4 Joe-8

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Les Sables de La Mere Poulard – butter biscuits somewhat like shortbread cookies Alex-7 Joe-8

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La Mere Poulard Cookie Pomme-Caramel – Apple caramel butter biscuit Alex-8 Joe-8

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Moelleux Fourre Abricot – Sponge cake with apricot filling Alex-6 Joe-5

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Raspberry Mini Roll – sponge cake with raspberry filling Alex-6 Joe-6

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Truffles Bar by Mathez – cocoa dusted truffles yummy Alex-8 Joe-10

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Tetes BrĂ»lĂ©es Gout Cola – cola flavored bar Alex-7 Joe-4

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Caramels con Fleur de Sel – salted caramels excellent if you like caramel Alex-6 Joe-9

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Tetes Brulees – Tropical peach tea and cola flavored chews with sour filling. I love sour flavors so the peach tea was excellent but I did not care for the cola flavor Alex-4 Joe-8

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Truffes Fantaisie – cocoa dusted truffles with hazelnut Alex-9 Joe-10

Truffes Fantaisie – cocoa dusted truffles with raspberry macaron chips, another truffle and also excellent Alex-9 Joe-9

Fraisoo Bool – Chewy strawberry candies Alex-6 Joe-6

A big difference between Alex and I this month as far as I am concerned this may be my favorite box so far.

Alex 6.65 out of 10
Joe 7.90 out of 10