Aldi often sells mangos, both fresh and dried. I’ve purchased both kinds over the years for the mango lovers in my household. Recently, Aldi upped its mango game by selling chocolate covered dried mango as a limited-time special, so I bought a bag to try.
Fuel by Nature Dark Chocolate Covered Mango cost $4.99 for a 6-oz. pouch (about 83 cents per ounce) at the time of publication.
Target sells some freeze-dried chocolate covered mango balls, which are different than the Aldi dried mango strips, for about 89 cents per ounce. Trader Joe’s, which is Aldi’s cousin, also sold chocolate covered coconut mango bites in the past, but we’re not sure if TJ’s still sells them or, if they’re still in stores, what their price is. Costco also has its own house brand of chocolate covered mangoes packaged in bags that are more than one pound, which ran for around 88 cents per pound on Amazon at the time of publication. That means that generally the Aldi chocolate covered mangoes are going to be the better deal.
The Aldi chocolate covered mangoes are an Aldi Find (Special Buy), which means they’re only in stores for a short time. Once they sell out at your local store, they’re gone, and Aldi does not offer an option to order online. The package states this product is exclusive to Aldi, but if Fuel by Nature label is a brand or private label, it’s not one we’ve ever seen before at Aldi.
These are a product of Singapore and were packed in Thailand. They were manufactured by Maxwell Foods, a company that describes itself as “leaders in fruit and nut innovation.” Maxwell Foods has a main office and packing facility in Australia, along with operations in Turkey, Italy, the United Kingdom, Thailand, and the United States. Other foods they manufacture include Cepmix, which consists of dried fruit and nut mixes in several varieties.
Ingredients are: dark chocolate (55%) [cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier (soy lecithin)] and dried mango (45%) [mango, sugar, acidity regulator (citric acid), and preservative (sodium metabisulfate)].
If you’re looking out for allergens, these contain soy and sulfites. They may also have tree nuts, milk, and wheat.
One package contains approximately six 1-ounce or 30-gram servings. The pack I bought had six long pieces of mango, so one piece is approximately one serving.
A single serving has 130 calories, 4.5 grams of total fat (6% DV), 2.6 grams of saturated fat (13% DV), no cholesterol, 35 mg of sodium (2% DV), 22 grams of total carbohydrates (8% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 18 grams of total sugars, 10 grams of added sugars (20% DV), and less than 1 gram of protein (1% DV).
These chocolate covered dried mango pieces are surprisingly good, even if you’re not a huge mango fan, partly because they are covered with so much chocolate. Each large slice of mango has a thick coating of chocolate that tastes sweeter than I’m accustomed to for dark chocolate, or perhaps that’s just the sweetness of the mango coming through. The chocolate is slightly crumbly, especially if the mango pieces bend when you bite into them, so they can be a bit messy to eat, but not too bad. Like any dried mango strips, these are a little chewy, so it can take some effort to bite off a piece.
With 10 grams of added sugars, these are more like candy, so I wouldn’t recommend going overboard eating them, but they are a fun treat.
Fuel by Nature Dark Chocolate Covered Mangos feature long slices of mango with thick chocolate coatings. The combination is surprisingly good. Just be aware that even though this is a fruit-based snack, it’s loaded with added sugar, so it’s probably best to enjoy in moderation.