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I recently had a bad cold, and I got through a few packs of Halls Mentholyptus during the week it was at its worst. My preference in cold & flu remedies is for blackcurrant flavour, I find it soothing and a pleasant taste at the same time.
The packs of sweets contain 10 individually wrapped blackcurrant sweets. They are square and only around 5mm thick, and the idea is to suck the sweets for as long as you can make them last I think. This way, obviously, you get the most relief from each sweet. For me it takes a couple of minutes for each sweet to be at the point when I can no longer resist crunching up. When the sweet is first put in the mouth there is a sensation of relief from the menthol within them, and this is soothing for as long as it lasts. What I like about these sweets is that they dissolved fairly evenly - that's to say there was none of the sharp edges during the sucking of the sweets which give little nicks to the tongue or cheeks.
There is no listed effect of these sweets for sore throat, but I would certainly report some relief from my sore throat, and this probably lasted around 10 minutes after the sweet.
Thinking about the effects, and writing them down, it seems that the effectiveness of the sweets seems pretty limited, but my recollection of the time I was eating them was that there was a good effect from eating them, and I was very glad to have them to hand. It was nice to have them to reach for when the throat became particularly 'scratchy' or I realised it felt dry and very sore.
I got through a couple of packs of these during the week, I didn't particularly regulate my consumption although the packs do say that 'excessive' amounts could have a laxative effect so this is something to bear in mind.
I found these sweets to be effective, although at 50p a packet they don't come cheap.
I'm hoping the horrible cold, and sore throat season is almost over. I've gone through a whack of throat sweets. Admittedly, not just for the soothing factor, but for the taste too, some are really delicious, including these blackcurrant flavour Halls.
-- Information --
Halls Soothers come in four different flavours, blackcurrant, strawberry, cherry and peach and raspberry.
They are widely available to buy from supermarkets, chemists and the like. They will set you back around 70 pence for a pack of 10 lozenges.
-- The soothers --
The packaging of these soothers looks quite appealing, it is purple in colour indicating the blackcurrant flavour. It has the same design as all Halls soothers. The packaging contains 10 individually wrapped lozenges.
After opening the individual wrappers you are greeted with a deep purple colour hard boiled sweet. Despite the lozenge being a relief to cold symptoms, it doesn't smell medicinal in the slightest, they do infact smell like blackcurrant sweets!
When it placed in your mouth, you are instantly hit a medicinal type taste, but the blackcurrant flavour is still there, it's a nice combination, I personally love the taste. As you continue to suck on the hard boiled sweet, it gradually gets smaller and smaller, after around 5 minutes you break into the gooey centre which then immediately trickles down your throat.
I've found that these soothers do relieve a sore throat and clear my nose, the only downside is that it isn't effective for very long, after 20 minutes or so the cold type symptoms return. This means they aren't going to cure your cold just like that, but they are effective for short term relief.
They also relieve that itchy, scratchy type feeling you sometimes get with a sore throat. I must admit, when I get that feeling, I just want to rip my throat apart, but as these soothers get to work right away, they eliminate that feeling. Once the soother has gone, I never normally get that feeling back when the rest of the symptoms return which is a massive advantage of this product.
-- Overall --
I love these blackcurrant soothers, these are a personal favourite of mine from the Halls range. Of course, they aren't going to get rid of a sore throat for good, but they are a fantastic way to get a quick fix from the horrible feeling that comes with a sore throat.
Recently I have suffering with a cold and sore throat. I suffer from chronic sinusitis anyway, and so I can't be doing with any more 'bugs'. I was after some 'cough sweets' to help my throat and clear my nose, and so I bought these Halls Blackcurrant Mentho-Lyptus boiled sweets which cost me around 60p.
Each sweet is individually wrapped and there are ten sweets per packet. I like how they are individually wrapped as it stops them from falling in your bag and getting everything sticky.
Each sweet is around 1cm long and 1cm wide and they come in a square-ish shape. I love the taste of them; it really cheers me up when I've got a cold. It is a lovely black currant taste. They also soothe my throat.
The sweets are quite strong (when they get going). They really clear my nose and help my sinuses. They make me feel so much better. However, the effects don't last very long - only around twenty minutes or so.
The sweets don't last very long (in terms of sucking). They usually disolve in a few minutes.
With Lockets (and other type of cough sweets), they have a warning on the packet about the possible side effects and how not to consume too many . However, there is nothing on the back of these which makes me think that they are safe.
There are other flavours available including cherry. You can get them from most supermarkets and chemists.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I have used Halls Mentho-Lyptus sweets many times when I've had a sore throat or a cold because I really feel that they help to soothe my throat and contribute to making me feel a little more human again! There are a number of flavours but my favourite flavour is undoubtedly the blackcurrant flavour.
The sweets are methol infused sweets that are intended to soothe a sore throat as well as to help clear a blocked nose. Each sweet is individually wrapped which helps to keep them fresh and helps to stop them from getting too sticky. They are a nice size to suck on.....not too big and not too small - and they are hard boiled sweets that have a very slightly softer outer layer compared to the centre. It is possible to bite them but they are much more effective if they are sucked for as long as possible. I find that each sweet would last me about 10 minutes if I managed to suck it in its entirety......although I have to say that I do usually end up crunching the last little bit.
The flavour is a mixture of menthol and blackcurrant.....both flavours being mutually strong but also quite complimentary. They do work to ease a sore throat and unblock my nose - but they are not magic pills. I would estimate that if I felt a 10/10 in terms of having a blocked nose / sore throat before sucking the sweet then this might reduce to a 6/10 after sucking the sweet. I would say that the effect only lasts for about 30 minutes - and then I need to pop another one.
I do think they help if you're feeling all bunged up.....but they do not completely relieve symptoms. They are pleasantly flavoured and there are no side effects from taking them and so it's worth sucking them even if it only helps a little bit.
Sometimes I just need a sooking sweet to help in my efforts to reduce my smoking, I've tried stopping a few times and failed so now I'm just cutting down. There are many boiled sweets on the market, which are quite satisfying for the task I had in store, but I needed a kick to take my mind of the ciggies.
Halls Blackcurrant Menthol Lyptus
The square long tube contains about ten of the similarly shaped sweets. At about three quarters of an inch square and nearly a quarter of an inch thick each sweet is a fair old size. They are dark purple in colour, but not so dark as a blackcurrant, the have a shiny clear look about them and smell just super. They smell like they could clear anything from your lungs and chest.
Each sweet is individually wrapped to keep them from going all sticky, and of course to make them easy to pick from the foil paper wrapper. There is a slight indentation at the centre of each sweet which strangely resembles a thumb print...............its as if the sweets were perfect little squares then someone picked them up between their thumbs and forefinger leaving an indent on each side.
Taste wise they are the best blackcurrant flavour sweet I've come across in my 50 odd years, and the added menthol certainly gives them a fair kick. They are not so lethal as to blow your brains out, but you can definitely feel the menthol vapours start working almost instantly, soothing and calming any niggly little irritation that is bothering your throat. Eating too many in succession will however cause you to feel the wrath of the menthol head. If after eating a few mints or a few menthol sweets it has been known that drinking a glass of cold water will cause a headache to raise from the back of your head. It will only last seconds, but it feels as though your brains are just fighting to get out of the menthol infused chamber in which they are stuck.
== Summary ==
I know it probably is not normal to eat cough sweets as a deterrent to smoking, but at 55p per pack best deal, they are both nice to eat soothing on the throat, clearing my chest, and if I take that drink of water splattering my brains somewhere behind me.
Whenever i'm run down with a sore throat, i nip to my local wilkinsons and buy these.
They come in a pack of 10 and at 47p and they're pretty good! Not only are they yummy but they seem to work quickly too!
They taste just like blackcurrant/hard boiled fruit sweets and have a blackcurrant flavoured liquid centre which is my favourite part because it's so sugary and yummy!
There are other flavours too such as peach, strawberry and i've seen a green one, i can't remember what flavour it was though! The sweets contain menthol and eucalyptus oil, which cause a soothing effect within the throat aswell as giving a nice taste. They taste excactly like sweets with a hint of spice and when you've had them in your mouth for a while can make your tounge go slightly numb.
They're brilliant and do work, however Soothers have made it clear that the lozengers are no miracle and often they only relieve symptoms for upto 15 minutes.
Personally i do like them, but have to take a painkiller first if my sore throat is exceptionally bad. Soothers say that there sweets/lozengers contain an antiseptic that kills the bug and germs which are causing the sore throat, which is a nice little bonus to the sweet taste! They also contain an anesthetic to relieve the pain, and it seems to work in my opinion.
Much reccomended, they're available in corner shops, supermarkets, chemists and places such as wilkinsons!
~Halls blackcurrant throat sweets~
Halls produce a number of throat sweets that are aimed at being soothing sweets that have a mentho-lyptus content in them that can help to ease a blocked nose and soothe a sore throat. The blackcurrant variety come packed into the same type of plain paper wrappers that the rest of the range come in, with the pack having a purple tone to it that reflects the contents within. There is some text and information shown on both the side and back of each small paper pack that is helpful without being overly prominent.
I feel the information given on each pack has been kept to a minimum in order to make it easier for people to read about the ingredients/ calories and contents of the product prior to purchase, without over loading anyone with too many facts and figures. I feel that the simple design of the product case which is made of metallic purple coloured paper, combined with the information given on each pack is enough to show you what you are buying, allowing you to make up your own mind if these blackcurrant sweets are something that will suit your requirements.
Each individual sweet comes wrapped in a simple paper wrap that encloses the sweet keeping it neatly packed prior to use. When opening a pack of these sweets I find that if I don't consume them within a few days they can end up becoming too sticky, with them being more difficult to remove from the wrapper. For this reason I feel it is best to open a pack of these only when I am sure that I will use up the contents of the pack within a few days. The size of the pack is small and compact enough to be put into a pocket or bag when wanted, meaning that you can take one of the sweets as needed when away from home.
~Taste and effects~
These blackcurrant Halls sweets are flavoured with a fruity mix of blackcurrant and menthol with eucalyptus and each sweet has a vivid purple colour to it. The shape of each sweet is the same with them being like small flattened squares that have a slightly indented centre. The edges of the sweets is smooth with no sharp edges or corners and they are small enough to be either sucked or chewed without them rubbing against a sore throat or tongue. I find that you can chew or crunch these which gives a much quicker burst of menthol, although the best effects are to be had when sucking the sweets as the menthol vapors last longer that way.
The blackcurrant flavour in these throat sweets is fruity and sweet with a strong menthol and eucalyptus feel that is what you would expect from this type of product. The vapors that are released from these sweets are quite soothing and can help to open up your airways a little if suffering from a blocked nose as well as help to ease a sore throat or momentarily put a stop to a tickly cough. After popping in one of these sweets I can feel them help to open my airways a little and ease a sore throat within a few minutes which is very reassuring, although when suffering from a blocked nose the blackcurrant flavour does seem less prominent.
~Summary, rating and price~
Prices for these Halls blackcurrant throat sweets begin from 50p per pack, with there being 9 sweets in every paper case. The sweets are widely sold and can be found in supermarkets, chemists and petrol stations as well as in many smaller general stores. The blackcurrant flavour in these can make them seem overly sweet if taking a number of the sweets one after another, which can also be the case with the cherry menthol variety from this range. This fruity sweetness means that these throat sweets won't suit if you prefer less fruity flavoured throat sweets.
Lightly blocked noses seem to become less blocked and congested when using these sweets for a time and the sweets also help to soothe sore throats with them even helping to ensure that dry cracked throats feel a little better for short periods of time. The ingredients used in these sweets are listed on the pack in a small typeface with an easy to read format, along with the expiry date of the sweets which I feel is useful if buying a few packs to keep in your medicine cabinet. As mentioned I find that these sweets will become sticky if the pack has been opened for some time making it harder to remove a sweet from its wrapper. Having used these sweets and compared them with the others in the range I feel I want to give them a 3 star rating.