The home to the famous St Basil’s Cathedral, the inventors of Tetris, and the creators of the delicious snacks we get to try this month, Russia is home to almost 150 million people and is considered to be the world’s largest nation. Though this country has had its fair share of problems with countries such as the United States, this month we’ll only be scratching the surface of this complex country and rather exploring the positives that can be found rather than showcasing what’s already on the news. Aside from being the birthplace of multiple talented individuals each with their own unique story, Russia is also crawling with delicious and unique cuisine. From blackcurrant marshmallows and grapefruit chocolate to shish kabob chips and salmon flavored bread sticks, this month’s yums are as interesting and intriguing as the country they come from.
Striving for satisfaction and happiness in everything one does, finding the best in every situation, and living life to it’s fullest is what the Thai people are all about making it obvious why their country is often referred to as the Land of Smiles. Thailand’s cuisine blends a medley of freshness and spice focusing on making sure that all of the spices work in harmony together in the dish. Their cooking methods have been heavily inspired by China, Portugal, France, and Japan, resulting in one of the most unique cuisines ever seen. This month we’ve got quite the combination of snacks to try ranging from savory grilled seaweed and spiced curry puffs to salty lime candies and fruity rice, so without further ado let’s get right into these unique and yummy treats.
The month of August was our lucky month this time around with Universal Yums as we had the chance to try some goodies from not one but four different countries. The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland which are all separate countries who happen to be united under one common government. From pickled onion chips to butter toffee and melt in your mouth shortbread cookies, each country has their own distinct cuisine. The cuisine isn’t the only thing though that the United Kingdom is unique for, they have also invented and shown the world classic literature, iconic sports, and of course modern music with a surprising amount of our culture today being influenced by the English.
Though there’s certainly a lot of confusion over whether Taiwan is an actual stand alone country, one thing’s for certain is that their food is both unique and delicious. Taiwan’s cuisine is an intriguing mix between Chinese and Japanese influence and delivers dishes such as smoked plums, peanut butter mochi, and five spice crackers. Starting in the 17th century all the way until the 19th century, Taiwan was considered to be an official part of China. In the late 1800’s however, the island was ceded to Japan and then given back to China again fifty years later. The issue still hasn’t been resolved to this day and there is still much confusion surrounding the status of Taiwan, with many nations including the United States recognizing Taiwan as a part of China while the people of Taiwan have different views and consider themselves their own separate country.
With a brand new month in front of us, we also have a brand new Universal Yums box to go through together. For the month of June, we headed off on a journey to Brazil, a South American country filled with sprawling citrus orchards, palm tree lined coasts, and huge bustling cities. As unique as this country is, the cuisine is even more unique pulling inspiration from Portuguese, African, Italian, and native influences to create food that is unlike anything else in the world. From spicy Brazilian peppers to sweet honey-infused bread, there are no limits to the different types of treats you can find in Brazil.
Another month, another box filled with yummy snacks from Universal Yums for us to try. This month we ventured all the way to the Philippines to indulge in snacks such as ube cookies, barbecue corn nuts, and cheese filled candies. This Southeast Asian country is home to over 7,000 islands and is often referred to as the ‘ring of fire’ due to the many volcanoes found in the country, 355 of them to be exact. When it comes to the Philippines, they have a strong cultural emphasis on food and their cuisine is truly unlike anything else. Filipino cuisine is influenced by Chinese, American, and Spanish traditions and also combines Eastern and Western ideas. So without further ado let’s hop right into what we’re all here for and get to trying these unique treats that await us.
Barriqa Illena, corazon contento! This famous Spanish saying translates to ‘a full belly and a happy heart’ which is the goal for this month as our taste buds head off on a journey to Spain. From flamenco dancing, lively music, and colorful celebrations, Spain’s rich culture is characterized not only by these things but also by their distinct cuisine. The country is home to an abundance of traditional dishes including paella, gazpacho, chorizo, and one of their more popular ones, tapas. Tapas are small snacks and appetizers which come in a variety of different flavors and textures which is then combined to create a massive sampler style meal. This month’s Universal Yums box pulls inspiration from this very dish with snacks such as ham flavored chips and lemon cookies, there is sure to be something for just about everyone.