Illness seems to attack me pretty regularly, and this time, bored of my usual Halls Soothers throat sweets, I spotted these Buttercup sweets in my local Morrisons, and decided to give them a go! I am quite a fan of the Buttercup syrup cough medicine, so based on pure brand power, I went for this product. I can't remember how much they were, but they weren't very expensive, probably 90 pence or less.
The pack is quite small, you only get about 10 sweets in it, but it's a nice small handy size so you can pop it in your pocket or handbag without it taking up a lot of space. Each sweet is individually wrapped which is useful so in case one of the little fellows escapes into your bag or pocket, they shouldn't create any sticky damage or get any fluff on them.
The sweets have Menthol, Peppermint and Clove oil in them which are supposed to help cool your throat and relieve symptoms of coughs and sore throats. As there is some menthol in it, it helps your breathing a little (although I would probably go for Olbas oil if you are quite blocked up).
The sweets themselves are standard square shape, light yellow in colour and have the sweet lemony taste that you get from Buttercup syrup. They are hard sweets, so best to suck on them so you have long-lasting relief from your cough or sore throat. They do not have any soft centre, and are just purely hard boiled-type sweets. I think I actually preferred these to Halls Soothers, which is a surprise, as I've been having Halls Soothers for years and always loved them.
Personally, I found sucking on them helped me suppress my tickly cough, and they have a nice flavour too which is always good! I would probably buy these again next time I had a cough, as I found them quite helpful. Although they won't actually cure a cough, these are quite nice to have occasionally when you just can't stop coughing and it gets annoying.
I don't think these are very widely available, as I said I saw them in Morrisons, but haven't noticed them in Boots, Superdrug or Tesco, although I may be wrong and just haven't spotted them.
Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Aniseed Oil, Menthol, Peppermint Oil, Clove Oil, Caramel E150a, Tumeric E100.
Icky subject, but if you have a cough and cold, and have the problem of phlegm in your throat (ewww! And sorry!!), I found that Boots Catarrh Pastilles were really good for this. I'll try and write a review on these when I can. They taste really foul, but are good...