Philippine mangoes, particularly the plump and fleshy carabao variety, are among the very best in the world. There is just something fantastic and irresistible about these heart-shaped golden beauties: the smooth exterior, the sweet flesh within, the honeyed and somewhat floral aroma.
Ideally, ripe mangoes should be eaten fresh so as to be able to appreciate their sweetness and succulence. Nevertheless, dried mangoes are also delicious and have long been a popular edible souvenir for tourists and locals alike. Dried mangoes are reminiscent of dried apricots or peaches in that they are a bright yellow-orange, they’re chewy to the bite, and have a pleasant sweet, slightly tart flavor.
As with dried apricots or peaches, dried mangoes are great for snacking on their own or added to salads, even chopped up for cookies and muffins. Then this throws you for a loop: chocolate-covered dried mangoes.
Manufactured in Cebu, Philippine Brand Mango Chocolate features dried mango slices thickly coated at one end with dark chocolate.
While the chocolate is, alas, compound, these are quite tasty. The fruity taste of the mangoes goes quite well with the bittersweet and somewhat smoky flavor of the chocolate. They’re quite tasty, moreish, and they do grow on you.
If you like chocolate-dipped fruit or chocolate-coated raisins, I recommend giving these a shot. You won’t regret it.
Incidentally… These things cost P 79.75 at the Kultura Filipino section of The SM Store. There is a more bespoke version coated in Belgian dark chocolate which costs thrice as much as these do, but I recommend giving the cheap stuff a shot before giving the posh lot a try.