Mango Candy

Cyd Converse

This mango candy recipe creates, juicy, chewy squares that are totally addicting! It's a great way to use up fresh mangoes if you have more than you can eat!

These yummy little mango squares - also known as Mango Pâtes de Fruits - are such a unique way to use up mango, especially when you have a glut that's about to turn bad.

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But they can also be made without any fresh mango at all - just use mango pulp instead! This also cuts down on a great deal of the preparation. 

The original pâte de fruits recipe originated in France and it is essentially a kind of confectionery made with a fruit paste.

The process is a little reminiscent of making jam, because the fruit's flavor is concentrated with pectin and sugar before it sets. It is then finished off with a nice dusting of sugar. The sugar is optional, but we recommend using it as it helps stop the squares from sticking together.

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The great thing about this recipe is that you are not just limited to using mangoes (although they do taste pretty amazing!). But you could also try it with apples, plums, apricots, peaches, berries - in fact, just about any fruit you enjoy!

You can also try mixing flavors - mango works well with passion fruit, for example - or you could try adding extra flavorings such as vanilla, or even a little dusing of chili powder for a sweet and spicy kick!

If you have guests and you really want to impress them, a fun idea is to make up several batches using different fruits, then cut them  into squares and mix them together. This creates a rainbow of colors and a real talking point!

Mango candy makes a fantastic gift, too!

Tips for making your mango candy

Prepare to put quite a bit of work into making them! You will need to stir the fruit and sugar mixture for a long time - maybe up to an hour - before it is ready.

Be careful - that sugar/fruit mixture is super hot and you do not want to splash any on your skin. Always stir slowly and carefully.

If you are having trouble cutting your squares, try using a sharp pizza wheel instead of a knife.

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Mango Candy

    64 Servings


  • 1 1/2 heaping cups Mango, cooked and mashed, or use mango pulp
  • 2 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 6 ounces Liquid Pectin


  1. Line an 8x8-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray the bottom with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place the mango pulp and sugar together in a saucepan and cook over a very low heat, stirring often, until they form a very thick syrup. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. When ready, the texture of the syrup should thickly coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Once the syrup is thick, add the butter and cook, stirring, for 3 more minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and - whilst the syrup is hot, stir in the pectin.
  5. Immediately pour the mixture into the pan.
  6. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Once the candies are properly set, cut them into squares and dust with sugar if desired.
Source: The Spruce Eats
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Author: Cyd Converse
Source: The Spruce Eats
Recipe Yields: 64
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 70 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size pieces
Servings Per Recipe 64

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 1
Calories 35

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 8g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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