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Candy Review: Mango Altoids

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Mango Altoids
I don’t know about you, but when I think Altoids, I don’t think fruit. They’ve done a good job promoting themselves as a mint company. When I saw these I thought, aren’t they just making trouble for themselves by branching out? You do one thing well – why not stick to it?

On the other hand, as I am sure I have mentioned a million times, I’m a sucker for mango. The idea of Curiously Strong Mango was something I couldn’t resist.

These are little bumpy round things, kind of like little sugar flowers, in a pale orange color. They don’t look like mangoes, and I am not absolutely sure they taste like mangoes. It’s clearly an artificial flavor, at most one that tastes more like mango than it tastes like another fruit. They’re not like the mango Hi-Chew I reviewed recently, for instance, where you taste them and aren’t surprised to read in the ingredients that there’s real mango in there somehow. They are more “Curiously Fruity,” like it says on the tin, than they are in-your-face MANGO.

But, they’re really good. They are more sour on the outside and get a little less interesting as you suck down to the inside, but that’s OK. As it is, the roof of my mouth hurts after eating a few, so I don’t think I need even more sour. Also, I might warn those of you who live in similar humid climates to mine – apparently the tin doesn’t seal tightly enough to keep them from getting sticky in August.

But, those are nitpicks. Taking these as a curiously sour fruity thing, I’m totally happy with them. I’m glad to see from their extremely annoying animated website that they offer other fruit flavors – the passionfruit sounds intriguing. There is a place in my life for a sour hard candy that has been sadly empty lately, and I would gladly buy these again.

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4 Responses to “Candy Review: Mango Altoids”

  1. 1
    Sam says:

    Awesome! i always enjoy your reviews, and this was no exception

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    Linda says:


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    John A says:

    I was surprised when I first saw their raspberry several years back. Not enough raspberry about (plenty of sickly-sweet strawberry from other companies, though).

    And yes, they use the same tin as they do the mints, apparently without concern that a “boiled sweet” needs a bit more coddling from temperature and humidity. Minor quibble, until the whole contents fuse into a solid blob.

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    Cadence says:

    Okay, these sound interesting! Have you ever tried the sour apple gum? I used to find it at Target, but then it disappeared. Oooh, that was some good stuff. Since it was gum, it didn’t scrape up my mouth and it was tart enough to keep me puckering for quite awhile.

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