With the holidays surrounding us in full force, this month with Universal Yums things will be a little different than usual. Normally we get the chance to try snacks from a different country every month but this time around, in celebration of the festive season, we will be trying goodies from 12 different countries. Ranging from champagne candy to mustard chips, these snacks are foods that are traditionally eaten during the holidays in their respective countries.
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.
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.