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.
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.
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.