Yumble Review: Kid-Friendly Snacks, Lunches, and More

Our testers tried meals from Yumble to see how this service rates with our toughest critics: kids.

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Parents / Marisa Olsen

As a parent of two young children, making lunches every day can be a hassle. There are the endless grocery shopping lists, visits to the store, and daily prepping and cleaning lunch boxes. And then there’s second-guessing whether or not my child will actually like their lunch, making sure everything is allergen-friendly, and of course, worrying about if their bellies are full. 

I was unfamiliar with Yumble (previously known as Dibz Kidz). Still, when I stumbled upon the service, I was excited to see the company focuses on convenient ready-to-go lunch bags. With choices for curated lunch bags and a build-your-own option, my interest was piqued. Any service that could ease the challenge of children’s school lunch-making was my cup of tea. 

So I enlisted the service, along with my fellow lunch bag testers (aka my children, ages 6 and 4.) Read on to discover what my picky lunch bunchers and I uncovered. 

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Parents / Marisa Olsen

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Free shipping
  • Options for custom or build-your-own meals
  • Order as often as necessary
  • Approachable price point
  • Shelf-stable with expiration dates on all items

Cons

  • Lots of individual packaging
  • Many items are mass-produced and not fresh
  • Nutrition facts are not linked directly from each lunch bag page
  • Editing bag from cart can be tricky

What Is Yumble?

Yumble—formerly known as Dibz Kidz—is a meal delivery service designed for children, featuring ready-made, shelf-stable, prepackaged lunches and snacks. Families can build a tailored lunch bag, selecting an entrée, fruit, vegetable, and snack from a menu of designated items, or select from one of the ready-to-go lunch bags. Items include packaged mains, such as pizza kits, tuna salad packets, or peanut butter and jelly croissants, and snacks and sides, such as Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, fruit and vegetable cups, freeze-dried fruit, and crackers. Customers can order as many lunch bags and snacks as desired on their schedule; the service ships as often as needed, so there’s no need to opt into a recurring subscription. Yumble ships to 48 states, and shipping is free. 

How Does It Work?

As a parent unfamiliar with Yumble, I found Yumble’s homepage very informative. I easily understood what the company provided, the navigation was intuitive, and I did not have to sign up before viewing the menu options. I was able to shop the three plan options: build-your-own lunch bag, ready-to-go lunch bags, and lunch stuffers, which are extra snack packs. Each plan includes a landing page with a grid format of the various lunch bags, including the name or theme of the lunch bag and a photo of its contents. It was easy to build a cart and I could include a mix of build-your-own and ready-to-go options, which I opted for. I made sure to have my kids participate in the fun of choosing, especially because they were the target audience (and picky eaters). 

One observation I noted was that, as I was building my cart from the lunch bag menus, I did not see a place that listed specific ingredients or nutrition facts for each item or lunch bag. However, a section titled “nutrition” at the top navigation bar lists ingredients and complete nutrition facts for all items in PDF format. Be prepared to scroll through five pages, though. I would have loved to see the information linked via each lunch bag page rather than toggling through and scrolling, looking for a specific food item. I received a response the next day when I contacted customer service via email to inquire about nutrition facts and allergens.

Here is what the agent shared: “We can’t say that a specific bag is gluten-free, vegetarian, or nut-free since the customer decides which individual items they want in each lunch bag. If you take a look at our Nutrition Facts page, you can see the ingredients in our individual items. We hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any other questions!”

The service works more as a one-off ordering model rather than a recurring subscription. I thought sampling four lunch bags would be a good starting place. Once my cart reached four lunch bags, I checked out, entered my email, address, and credit card information, and completed my order.

During the checkout process, I did not encounter information about delivery dates and timing. Still, I received a confirmation email stating Yumble would alert me when my order shipped. Two days later, another email said my order was processed and ready for shipment. (The FAQs state that shipments take about a week.) Four days later, I received an email saying my shipment was out for delivery. 

With no subscription to manage, it was nice to know I did not have to cancel or edit future orders, and I liked knowing that I could order Yumble whenever I was in a pinch. 

Pricing

There is a flat rate for Yumble lunch bags. The build-your-own and ready-to-go lunch bags are  $5.99 each. The lunch stuffers offer a five-pack of Annie’s snacks for $4.99. And, as of now, shipping is free. For the four lunch bags I ordered, my total bill came to $23.96.

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Parents / Marisa Olsen

Meal Choices

Yumble offers build-your-own lunch bags and preselected bag options containing food items that are individually wrapped and packaged. The build-your-own bag puts the parent or child in charge. Fifteen types of theme bags are listed in a grid with the title of the lunch bag and a photo with the lunch item contents. For example, theme lunch bags include turkey jerky; peanut butter and jelly filled croissants; hummus and dipper; strawberry, apple fruit, and oats; and pepperoni and cheese pizza. When I clicked on a bag, I was taken to the lunch bag page where I could build and edit lunch bag contents from four drop-down bars containing the entrée, vegetable, fruit, and snack.  

I selected the peanut butter and jelly-filled croissant theme bag to better understand the build-your-own-lunch bag process. The only entrées for that bag were the peanut butter and jelly croissant. However, I could choose the accompanying vegetables, fruit, and snacks. The vegetable options included veggie chips, snap peas, diced carrots, cut green beans, and kosher dill pickles. The fruit options had dried strawberries, apple sauce, and sour blue raspberry raisins. The snack options included Annie’s products or a Pillsbury mini chocolate cookie bag.  

The ready-to-go lunch bags feature seven preselected bags and flavors, including a meat-and vegetable-inspired lunch and a pizza and chicken salad lunch. There was even a Cheerios Honey Nut lunch bag (it was a bit surprising to think of Honey Nut Cheerios as a lunch entrée, especially with 19 grams of added sugar.) But as I became more familiar with the items and offerings, most of the brands represented are found in national grocery store chains and are prepackaged. I didn’t come across many fresh or organic items. Meanwhile, my children were ecstatic to have “snacks” as lunch. In addition to the pre-assembled lunch bags, there is an add-on option of lunch stuffers: five-packs of Annie’s cheddar bunnies, berry fruit snacks, and crispy snack bars.

I had some difficulty editing the actual lunch bags in the cart. On the cart page, I could click “edit,” but I had to rebuild a lunch bag, add the bag to the cart, and then remove the previous lunch bag from the cart. Once I figured out how to manage my cart, I selected four lunch bags containing a mix of preselected items and a build-your-own bag.

What We Tasted

  • Harvest snap green peas lightly salted; Chomps turkey stick; GoGo squeeZ on-the-go applesauce, apple cinnamon; Annie’s organic crispy snack bar
  • Sensible Portions wavy chips veggie, lightly salted; Sun-Maid sour blue raspberry raisins; Jack Link’s chicken tender bites, sweet BBQ; Annie’s organic berry fruit snacks
  • Libby’s cut green beans veggie cup; Del Monte fruit and oat cup, strawberry apple; Brothers freeze-dried strawberry and bananas; Annie’s organic berry fruit snacks
  • 7 Days peanut butter and jelly croissant; Libby’s diced carrots; Brothers freeze-dried apples; Annie’s organic cheddar bunnies
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Parents / Marisa Olsen

Packaging

Yumble arrived in a compact, unbranded cardboard box. Inside the box were the four lunch bags neatly tucked inside the container. One piece of recyclable paper was crumpled between the boxes to keep the contents in place. There was also a Yumble packaging slip and a paper insert with an overview of Yumble—including the new name and a list of 11 meal item nutrition facts. 

Each lunch bag was composed of thick brown paper with plastic on the front and sides of the package, so I could easily peek into the bag. Each bag had a Yumble sticker, and the top of each was outfitted with resealable tabs so I could open and seal the lunch bags. The bags were sturdy, easy to fold, and could be reused. Each bag had a sticker on the back with a list of the food items and an expiration date. The lunch bags all contained four prepackaged items. While some packaging was eligible for recycling, most were destined for landfills.

The Cooking Process

One of the best parts of Yumble was that there was no prep or cooking! The bags were assembled, and the items were ready to enjoy. The only preparation challenge was that the items in plastic sealed cups were hard for little fingers to open. Otherwise, Yumble’s cooking process was just as advertised: ready to go.

Taste

Many of the items within the lunch bags are sourced from national chains and brands, so my family was familiar with many of the featured items. 

When our package arrived, my tasting panel was eager to dig in, so we decided an afternoon snack would be appropriate. We tried: Harvest Snaps baked green peas, GoGo squeeZ apple cinnamon fruit on-the-go pouch, a Chomps turkey stick, and an Annie’s crispy snack bar. Our tasting panel mostly loved the crispy snap peas, GoGo squeeZ applesauce (a staple in our house), and the crispy snack bar. The Chomps turkey stick had a dry texture, and the taste was mediocre and unappetizing. I also thought the turkey stick was a tad spicy for kids.  

Our next bag was a hit. Jack Link’s white meat tender, sweet barbecue bites were liked all around. Rather than traditional chicken tenders, these nuggets were more akin to sweet jerky bites. We had the Garden Veggie wavy chips before and always enjoyed the crunch and saltiness of the chip. (Although, as a parent, I wished the veggie chips had some fiber.) The kids loved the sour blue raspberry raisins, while I didn’t care for the artificial and bitter taste. And Annie’s berry fruit snacks are a household favorite. With a nice chew, they're not overly sweet. 

After sampling a few bags, I observed that the lunch bags were more like snack bags than traditional lunch bags. In one bag, the “entrée” was a Del Monte strawberry, apple, and oat cup that was pretty bland. The bottom layer had a fruit puree mixed with oats and chunks of apple. The Libby’s string beans were in a plastic cup, and the liquid spilled upon opening. The greens were quite mushy and tasteless, although my 6-year-old daughter enjoyed the fruit oat and string bean cups. The apple crisps and Annie’s fruit snacks were well-liked.

We tasted a 7 Days soft croissant for our final bag with peanut butter crème and jelly filling. My first instinct was that the croissant had an artificial taste, which the packaging stated on the label. The croissant was a bit bland, ultra-soft, and doughy, and had artificial flavoring and 14 grams of added sugar. Both of my children loved it, though. The Libby’s diced carrot veggie cup also spilled when we unsealed the plastic film, and the carrots were quite mushy and overcooked. The kids enjoyed the Brothers freeze-dried bananas and strawberries, which was equal to a half-cup of fresh fruit. My children also liked the Annie’s cheddar bunnies, a household favorite.

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Parents / Marisa Olsen

Who Should Use Yumble?

Yumble is a service geared toward convenience. For families with larger budgets or who need grab-and-go meals ready at a whim, Yumble fits the bill. It’s nice to have the option to stock up a cart with ready-assembled lunch bags or build a tailored lunch box with kid-friendly mix-and-match options. Families may even have their children get in the driver’s seat to build a box, giving their little ones confidence and a sense of control. Yumble could make a great road trip option or a backup when the primary caretaker is not home. Even if Yumble is an every-once-in-a-while choice, building your kitchen arsenal with ready-made snacks and meals can help in a pinch.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a quick fix to lunches or ready-made snacks, then Yumble is an option. In my opinion, the service caters more toward light snacks than satiating and nutritious, fresh lunches. The $5.99 price point is nice, but once you add up what five lunches cost per week—not to mention multiple siblings—the meal plan cost could quickly escalate. I appreciated the options of mix-matching, but many of the items are prepackaged and may be filled with excess sugar and sodium. If your child’s school has a strict allergy policy, this service may not be the best or safest option. However, I would consider including Yumble for ease and convenience, especially for traveling and busy weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze Yumble meals?

No, you cannot freeze Yumble meals. Yumble’s lunch bag components are all shelf-stable and must be stored at ambient temperatures. Each meal item is labeled with an expiration date, making it easy to keep track of shelf life and freshness. 

Are kids’ meal delivery services good for picky eaters?

Kids’ meal delivery services may be a fruitful option for picky eaters. Kids’ meal companies often offer rotating menus, so children are exposed to variety and new tastes and textures. Some services include hidden vegetables and superfoods, creating nutrient-rich meals

Does Yumble accommodate common food allergies?

Yumble sources lunch bag components from various nationwide distributors, making managing allergies and factory facility practices difficult. Caretakers are encouraged to read through each food item’s nutrition label to determine if the lunch bag items are considered allergy-safe.  

Are kids' meal delivery services good for big families?

Kids’ meal delivery services can be suitable for big families. Thanks to the plentitude of kids’ meal kits, there is most likely a service that aligns with your household’s needs. Some meal services may offer multiple serving sizes, larger portions, or options to add multiple meal quantities as needed. 

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