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      27.05.2012 23:39
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      A nice tasting cough and cold sweet that works!

      If you read my other review today, you will know that recently I have been suffering with a cold. I have been taking boots cough mixture. But in the times between taking the mixture I have been using halls cherry lozenges! For years now I have been using Lockets when I have a sore throat and cold. My nan always used to have halls at her house and when I had a cold she would give me a very strong cough sweet which was the original version of these. So when I was in boots buying my medicine I spotted these and I instantly recognised the design of the packaging and purchased these as I love cherry!

      Price/packaging:

      I paid 49p for a pack of these, I think that's a good price as you get about 10 per pack. I'm sure you can get them cheaper I'm larger packets. The packaging is a lovely cherry colour and is simple with the words halls cherry, you are also told that these are sugar free. What sold them too me was the fact that the packet has an image on the sweet and words above saying vapour action. They look great. The sweets are all individually wrapped with a white wrapper that has the word halls all over it. They are easy to open and insure that the sweet is kept fresh. Overall the packaging is simple, but it looks great. The sweets are square which makes them look different to other cough sweets on the shelf.

      Do they work? What do they taste like?:

      They have a very strong cherry flavour which lasts throughout the sweet. The sweet will last a long time and all you need to do Is suck untill it disapears, do not bite it or it won't work. They will instantly start to soothe a soar throat and will coat your throat. I also noticed that they started to unblock my nose. They give you relief quite fast and taste so much nicer than other medicine. They fit into your mouth nice too as they are not too large. I found that one sweet was enough to help me out. They taste good and are moreish! The good thing is that they are sugar free so they are not bad for your teeth.

      Ingredients:

      Sweeteners (isomalt, aspartame, acesulfame-k), Flavourings, colours (e163, e160). They have a very small amount of ingredients in them. Below the ingredients section you are told that if you have too many of these then it may cause laxative effects!!! So I would not over do it on these, you probably don't want those effects for obvious reasons :)

      Overall:

      These are very nice and a great value, I think these are the best type I have had before and I will use them next time I get a cold. The cherry flavour is nice and the pain relief Is quick. I would recommend these to friends and family as they worked for me. Thanks for reading my review. These get 5 stars from me, they really worked well :)

      Josh

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        05.05.2012 12:03
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        Sugar free lozenges for coughs and sore throats

        I usually buy Halls when I am work and I need something to suck whilst working on the shop floor.

        These lozenges cost around 40p to 60p depending where you buy them from. These cherry flavoured ones are square in shape with a groove in the middle. They do look a bit odd with their strange shape but they taste lovely. The cherry flavour is very sweet and warming. I love their dark pink colour too.

        These small lozenges really help to soothe my throat whilst I am working. One lozenge takes a couple of minutes to dissolve, although you may feel that you want to crunch it towards the end. I would recommend that you suck it until it has dissolved completely as these can sometimes get stuck in your teeth. Believe me, i've been there!

        They help to soothe my throat and ease my cough. They're not as effective as Strepsils but they're ideal if you're looking for a quick (and cheap) fix, plus they help to clear your nose too. I usually get a stuffy nose whilst suffering from a cold. These lozenges contain menthol so their vapour action helps to unblock your nose, helping you to breathe better. They also deal with that horrible itchy/ scratchy feeling that you get at the back of your throat when you have a cold.

        They're sugar free too so they're better for the teeth and gums. Would I recommend them? Yes, I would.

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        12.04.2012 20:25
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        Taste yummy, but don't ease your throat

        I love throat sweets, mainly for the taste, but the soothing nature does give my sore throats a quick fix. However, I can't say that for the cherry flavoured Halls.

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        Halls are widely available to purchase for around 60p for a pack of 10 lozenges. There are lots of different flavours available, some are:
        Blackcurrant
        Strawberry
        Cherry
        Peach and raspberry

        The packaging follows the same suit as the rest of the range, being bright red and white in colour representing the cherry flavour. Inside this packaging is 10 individually wrapped lozenges.

        --- The lozenges ---
        After opening the wrapper, you are greeted with a lovely deep red coloured lozenge. It's oval in shape and looks exactly like a hard boiled sweet. As soon as it's placed in your mouth you are greeted with a gorgeous tangy cherry flavour, this taste lasts throughout the whole of the sucking process, until you reach the liquid centre.

        The liquid centre is quite thick in consistency. This is the part that usually soothes my throat instantly, but that isn't the case with these cherry lozenges. With the blackcurrant flavoured Halls, for example, you can taste the menthol properties of the lozenge, but with these cherry Halls there is no evidence of the menthol taste, maybe this is why I don't feel like they soothe my throat.

        As these taste so good, if I do happen to buy a packet I can't stop at one throat sweet and end up devouring the whole pack. This doesn't have any effect on me. But apparently, excessive consumption can cause a laxative effect, I'm not sure how much they mean by excessive consumption, but 1 pack isn't that!

        I wouldn't recommend these if you are looking for a lozenge that will ease a sore throat. I didn't feel like they soothed my throat at all. However, the taste of these cherry flavoured Halls is delicious. The price is quite expensive at about 6p per lozenge for just a normal cherry sweet!

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        07.06.2011 19:19
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        A rather disappointing throat lozenge from Halls

        You will probably be aware that in my previous reviews I have mentioned that I have a weakened immune system due to an underlying medical condition. As a result, I am susceptible to catching every cough and cold germ, which always seem to be worse in my throat and chest. When I suffered with the dreaded bug in March of this year I was fortunate enough to have a good supply of Jakemans in my home, as this is a brand of throat sweet that I find extremely effective at delivering temporary relief. However, I had forgotten to replenish the supply in my office desk and as a result I had to nip to a nearby pharmacist who had very little to offer. Unfortunately, the only lozenges available to me were several packs of a sugar free throat sweet belonging to Halls, which are manufactured by Cadburys and this review discusses my experience with consuming the cherry flavour. When I wrote this review two weeks ago I was once again suffering with a chesty and rather tickly cough with a sore throat accompanied by block sinuses, so I consumed the remainder of my earlier Halls purchase.

        APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT

        Whilst I like the flavour of cherry in certain foods I cannot advise that I find it particularly favourable in a throat sweet, so I always tend to opt for lemon where possible. The sweets are sugar free and presented to us in a 32g deep red and silver coloured square shaped tube where we are able to witness the Halls name running along the majority of its' length. Located on the right hand side is an image of one of the sweets with three arrows pointing upwards, which are to illustrate the vapour action that is released. The packaging is made from white greaseproof paper with a foil covering and I had been carrying a pack in my handbag for a couple of months and was puzzled to find tiny fragments of silver in the bottom. I later discovered that the silver and red foil was peeling away from the packaging, so it was necessary to remove all remaining sweets and store them in a small food bag.

        MY EXPERIENCE WITH CONSUMING THE SWEETS

        We are provided with 9 sweets in each pack and each is individually wrapped in a small piece of greaseproof packaging, which displays the Halls name. I'm not a fan of huge throat sweets and their size of 1½ cm square is perfect for me. The sweets offer a fairly large circular indentation on both sides, which seems a little pointless to me, particularly as we are not receiving as much sweet as I would have initially expected. The sweets are smooth and glossy in appearance and the moment I place one into my mouth I am able to witness the cherry vapours, which are fairly soothing. Whilst this is down to personal preference, I find the taste and texture of cherry flavour Halls identical to Tunes and this is not something I particularly favour.

        I can advise that at the beginning of my suffering with a cough and sore throat the sweets could be described as only somewhat effective, as they did not provide me with the relief that I had hoped for. Although they slightly soothed my throat the effect was very short-lived and they offered no assistance or comfort whatsoever to my partly blocked nose. As previously stated, I am a real fan of Jakemans and cannot speak highly enough of such a reasonably priced sweet and throughout my experience with consuming Halls I found myself making comparisons. Whilst the sweets are acceptable for the tail end of a cough and cold they were not powerful enough when my symptoms were at their worst. I made a price comparison with Jakemans and would advise that Halls work out almost 25% more expensive. Due to their price and short-lived effectiveness, Halls Cherry Menthol receive only 3 stars from me.

        INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION

        There is a lengthy list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the packaging per 100g and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. However, I would advise that as with all throat sweets that are sugar free we are provided with a warning that excess consumption may result in a laxative effect, which is not something that has ever affected me. However, we are provided with no information on how many we should consume in any given period. Unfortunately, I can find no ingredients that identify the soothing properties such as cherry oil or menthol and all that is listed is "flavour". I find this a little disappointing, particularly as Jakemans contain natural ingredients such as honey and lemon oil, which in my experience, are much more effective.

        PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

        Halls Sugar Free Cherry Throat Sweets are widely available in supermarkets, chemists and newsagents and tend to retail for approximately 50p - 60p per packet.

        I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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          13.11.2010 14:43
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          I use to many Cough sweets and wouldn't say I am loyal to any brand. I chop and change, as I don't find that 1 sweet is the most amazing miracle worker, and in different shops you will get different choices. I find these ones more in the Petrol garages where I stay which is quite handy to pick a pack up while you are on the way to work after filling up.

          These cost around 60p for the 52g pack. I like the black packet of Halls and the blue ones are pretty good as well. This kind is more an all in 1. It doesn't target a sore throat more than a blocked Nose and seems to target all the Cold symptoms.

          Have never counted how many sweets you get in the pack, but I would guess and say 12. These are square sweets which aren't too large and are just solid boiled sweets. No liquid centres or anything like that in here, and I guess it's just the simple sucking on these sweets that get the work done. These take about 20 minutes of constant sucking for the sweet to disappear. The cherry taste is alright, and since these are Sugar free then they don't taste all Syrupy, and sweet, they taste quite natural I think.

          Yes these are simple sweets but are effective. They help soothe your throat and I don't think my throat feels that sore and scratchy after having these, my nose feels a bit clearer and not so bunged up either.

          A good Cold sweet which does what it is meant to do and tastes alright as well.

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          12.11.2010 13:31
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          Recommended!

          I first bought Halls Sugar Free Cherry Lozenges around a year ago when searching for something to ease my son's sore throat. As he is diabetic I have to be careful what I buy and as most throat lozenges tend to be packed full of sugar it can be quite a struggle. Most sugar free versions tend to only be available in the least appealing flavours so I was very pleased to find that Halls sugar free version was cherry flavoured.

          Halls Lozenges come in a good range of flavours and cost 49-69p depending on where you buy them. There are nine individually wrapped lozenges, each one containing 6.5 mg of menthol. Halls lozenges 'contain antiseptic in a cooling base, which kills germs that can cause sore throats and also acts as an anaesthetic to relieve pain and discomfort'. They also claim to be fast acting, working in as little as 10 seconds.

          They appear to be just like boiled sweets, although tasting them assures you that they are a little more powerful! There is an instant rush of flavour; a mixture of sweet cherry, and breathtaking menthol. The taste is very strong and it is quite a strange combination, but they seem to work together. This burst of flavour is only initial though, and they become milder as time goes on.

          They really do soothe my throat and, although I can't be sure that they work in ten seconds, they do work very quickly. Over the past few days my throat has become quite dry and sore so I have begun using Halls lozenges quite frequently; I find that they offer quick relief and my throat feels much smoother, like it is coated in something soft and silky.

          Unfortunately, this feeling only lasts for the duration of the lozenge, as soon as it's gone (well, within a few minutes anyway) the dry, scratchy feeling returns and I am left wanting another lozenge. I do find that this is the same as other products of this kind, so it is not a huge drawback. Saying this, after I've had a few lozenges throughout the day I do find that my throat feels a little less sore, so they do have some longer term benefits.

          Overall, I am pleased with Halls Sugar Free Cherry Lozenges. They work on the same level as other sugar free lozenges, although come in a much nicer flavour so I will go for these ones every time and would happily recommend them.

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          07.11.2010 16:36
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          work ok for me

          I have taken lots of different cold and cough sweets as we all have and halls sugar free cherry are a good choice for me from time to time. They work better than soothers, but not as well as some others.

          I like the fact that halls cherry cough sweets are sugar free. It stops me taking too many extra calories in just because I have a sore throat and cold and need help with that.

          The packs are small and can fit in my pocket if I want to take them out with me. Each cough sweet is in another wrapper to keep it clean and ready for me to take it. I don't end up with sticky bit everywhere this way.


          I think the flavour is fine and the menthol can be a real helper with a blocked nose or chest. I am often tempted to crunch the sweets up a lot when I take them and they last much less when I do that and don't clear my chest as well.

          The halls cherry menthol sweets cost me about 60p a pack and there are about 10 in each pack. I try not to over do them as they have sweeteners in them but sometimes I have had 2 packs in one day.

          I think the halls cherry menthol sugar free cough sweets do help a lot and work quick for a short time. I don't think they are as good as jakemans, fisher mens friend or the halls extra strong.


          I think that cherry tunes would be a similar thing in the way they taste and work but maybe the halls cherry are a bit better at clearing my nose for longer as they have a stronger menthol flavour for me.

          I would recommend the halls cherry sugar fee sweets because they do work ok. I think there are a number of others which are a lot better and have listed them here. These are fine though and I do like them.

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          04.11.2010 01:43
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          Great all round soothing throat sweet!

          I alway remember my Grandad having Halls - I think he actually was addicted to them or ate them as sweets so I never really new they were throat sweets! I always thought lockets or stepsils were the best.. But recently someone gave me a pack of halls Cherry flavour.. I was quite negative at first but I gave one a go and was pleasantly suprised!! It really opened and cleared my airways aswell as my nose and soothed my throat! The cherry flavour was gorgeous, I almost had to stop myself going for a second one 10 minutes later they are so nice!! I can now see why my Grandad could have possibly been addicted.. or just liked the tase enough to eat them like sweets! I nt pick these up over Lockets and strepsils as they really do have the whole package when it comes to helping your cold/sore throat! I would highly recommend these!

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          14.10.2010 23:33
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          Too sweet for my tastes

          Like many people, the sniffles, a bunged nose and sore throat always leave me with several types of medicated cough sweets in my pockets or at home. In my experience Lockets or Strepsils are better for a sore throat whereas Halls are better for clearing your nose and helping if you feel a bit chesty. I had not tried the Halls Sugar Free Cherry Menthol Lyptus before and they looked quite enticing in the red packet and were 75p in my local newsagents. I had expected them to taste like Cherry Tunes but with stronger effects but although they are stronger than Tunes they don't taste as nice.

          I found Halls Sugar Free Cherry Menthol Lyptus to have a very artificial chemical aftertaste that lingers for a while when you've finished the sweet. They are edible but overall I felt they were just too sickly sweet as if they had put too many artificial sweeteners in them. In my experience Tunes are much nicer on the taste test. Halls Sugar Free Cherry Menthol Lyptus clear your nose and chest more than Tunes although they don't provide anything other than temporary relief to a bad sore throat. You'd need something stronger to combat that ailment.

          I think another problem with these is that the Extra Strong Menthol Lyptus in the black and silver packet are much better at clearing your nose and chest as they are much stronger. The more neutral and much stronger flavour of those is not to everyone's taste but I think I still prefer it to the sickly artificial taste of these Sugar Free Cherry Halls. It's just a question of whether or not you prefer to always go for the sugar free option. I generally prefer things without sugar but I make an exception when I have a cold and am desperate!

          I find Lockets better for my sore throat, Tunes nicer to eat to take my mind off my sore throat, and Extra Strong Menthol Lyptus in the silver and black packet the best cough sweet for clearing your nose and helping you not to feel so bunged up all the time. Halls Sugar Free Cherry Menthol Lyptus would be below all of these on my list of sweets to buy next time I have a cold. While they do a reasonable job at clearing your nose, there are stronger sweets in this range and the artificial and over sweet taste of them did put me off after a while.

          These are ok if you don't mind the taste but I think there are better cough sweets to buy next time you have the sniffles.

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            27.08.2010 15:58
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            Not as good as other varieties

            Recently cough sweets and I seemed to be best friends. No matter when a chesty snuffly cold arises, I am often helped by a trusty cough sweet or two.
            Having bought an absolute plethora of cough sweets to combat my recent summer (what summer?) cold, I feel ready and able to run through my thoughts about Halls Cherry Sugar Free Mentholyptus Cough Sweets.

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            Firstly they come in a handy pack that is simple to cart about with you if you are brave enough to have left your sick bed. The pack is simple to open and use, it contains around 10 of the little Halls Cherry Sugar Free Mentholyptus Cough Sweets all individually wrapped, for your comfort and for theirs.

            The pack is a sort of cheery, cherry and white blend with the Halls name loud and proud on the front. The sugar free status of the cough sweets is clearly displayed, which makes them a more attractive choice for those wanting to keep their sugar intake to a minimum.

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            Each little pack has 35gs approx of the cough sweets and in terms of price, I have paid anything form 59p to 69p per pack for these. When you open the cough sweet wrapper and pop one into your mouth, you are immediately greeted by the soothing cherry menthol vapours.

            I do find that as a cough sweet these do taste really rather sweet, in spite of the fact that they are sugar free, so they must have a hefty amount of sweeteners in them. I rather like the cherry menthol effect and it makes a change from other more medicated tasting mixes.

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            I have found that the trouble with the Halls Cherry Sugar Free Mentholyptus Cough Sweets is that due to them being sweet and easy to crunch, I end up using more of these than I should. This is a problem with many of these type of cough sweets, so its not just these that cause me to chomp away on them, but these do scream out 'crunch me', more than many other varieties do.

            I find that because I use more of these than I should, its difficult to truly say how long they ease congestion and soothe a sore throat for. I can say they are in no way as good as the eucalyptus and menthol Halls variety. They also pale into insignificance when I compare them to the Jakemans range of cough sweets.

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            In summary, I do like the Halls Cherry Sugar Free Mentholyptus Cough Sweets and they do have a positive effect on a blocked nose and chesty cough. They are a bit too sweet and I confuse them with normal sweeties, which makes me eat more of these than I should.

            They do clear stuffiness to an extent but as they make you stuff them in at an alarming rate, I feel its fair to say I prefer to stick to other types when I can. Jakemans cough sweets are fantastic and there are also the good old Fishermans Friends for those extra stuffy moments. To rate these I feel they ought to get 3 stars, as some of the other cough sweets Halls make work far better.

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            09.03.2010 14:06
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            I will definitely buy these again.

            Last night I had a lovely Dopiaza curry with garlic and coriander Naan bread. This morning, my daughter is moaning at me because I smell funny, and I realize the garlic from last night is still lingering on my breath. Arggggh! I try scrubbing my teeth again, and swishing with mouthwash fora prolonged period, but the garlic persists...

            Usually I have mints, chewing gum or sweets of some sort in the cupboards, but alas, nothing! So I popped in my local chemists and bought a couple of packets of Halls sugar free mentholyptus sweets in the hope that the menthol vapours will disguise the garlic.

            I bought the cherry flavour because I like cherry sweets, like tunes. These sweets come in a convenient packet containing about 10 sweets. they retail at about 67p at the local chemist shop. The packaging is pink shiny paper and the sweets come individually wrapped. They contain:

            Sweetners (Isomalt, Aspartame, Acesulfame-K) Flavourings, Colours (E163 E160)

            The nutritional information per 100g is:

            Cal 235
            Protein 0.1g
            Carb 97.1g
            Fat 0g

            The sweets themselves are square, clear hard sweets. They have a lovely cherry flavour and a mild and not overpowering menthol taste. They leave your breath feeling fresh and I imagine that they would be very soothing if you had a cold, gently clearing the nasal passages with vapours. Because they don't contain sugar, you don't get that tacky feeling on your teeth that you get when you normally eat sweets. Your teeth feel nice and clean and smooth.

            There is a warning on the packet that the sweets could cause laxative effects.

            I think Halls sugar free sweets would suit everyone, from kids to old folk, because of their mild and pleasant flavour, but i wouldn't give them to very young kids because they could be a choking hazard.

            These sweets certainly gave me confidence that my breath smelled nice. I would definitely buy them again as a treat or if I had a cold. These are good to keep handy in your bag for extra confidence or to freshen the mouth.

            I saw on the back of the pack that Cadburys make these. Say no more! One of my favourite brands make these sweets! Wheres the chocolate then?

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            13.09.2009 22:30
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            good product for a quick fix.

            So here I am all stuffy headed and coughing not able to do anything due to the cough. This illness has been harder on me than I thought it was. I quickly moved from tea's and toddy's to pills and lozenges. I bought these cough lozenges as I have had them before and they usually work for a little while. As I am trying to watch my sugar intake I got the sugar free version.

            The flavor is as what I would expect. A menthol flavor with a hint of cherry to cover the bad taste that would other wise be left in your mouth. Each lozenge seems to last around 20 minutes or so as long as you dont chomp them. Chomping them seems to void the purpose of the drop entirely.

            The package says they are ok to use for adults and children 5 and over. I have a problem with that. I dont let any of my kids have hard candy till they are at least 8. I am afraid they will choke on it. So as this is like hard candy I would not let them have it. The package says repeat ever 2 hours. I find my self needing to use a new lozenge ever 35 minutes or so.

            As I have had to purchase more of these just to get through the day I would have to say that maybe a stronger version would be better for the hard coughs. These drops would be great for a mild cough or a mild sore throat. I would recommend seeing a doctor if its more than just a mild cough or sore throat.

            There are several warnings telling you that if your cough is accompanied by a fever or if a rash should develope you should see a doctor. I am thankful that nothing like that has happened to me. They seem to work when you have them in your mouth but shortly after they are gone I found my self coughing and hacking again.

            I would recommend these for a quick fix or a solution for the moment. They will not make you feel better nothing but rest and fluids will do that. I did use them while at work and they did keep my cough at bay for a bit while I was working but several times I did have to excuse my self due to a cough attack that the drops did nothing for.

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              12.06.2009 14:59
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              well worth a try

              My thoughtful older daughter carefully picked these out for me when I was suffering from a cold, sore throat & cough earlier this week, She paid around 59p from Tesco for this pack which contains about 8 lozenges & the total weight is 45g.

              Each one is individually wrapped in its own wrapper so they don't stick together & are really easy to undo unlike some others I've tried. Each oval-shaped sweet is about 2cm x 1.5cm which is a good size as they are quite deep & they're a lovely deep cherry colour.

              The cherry taste is nice & strong & as soon as you pop one in your mouth the flavour is released & they seem to get to work on the airways pretty quickly. Although they are sugar-free they're a little on the sweet side which make it tempting to have more than you need as they taste like cherry boiled sweets - yum!

              The outer part is hard but after you've been sucking for a couple of minutes the texture changes to a softer, thickish liquid & you can taste even more of the lovely cherry flavour.

              I noticed that after having the first one that my throat felt slightly less sore, I was concentrating on trying not to bite into it so my cough eased up a bit & my nose wasn't so blocked - probably due to the eucalyptus?

              However, about 30 minutes later my symptoms came back so the effect wasn't long lasting for me (although I would like to stress that I was subsequently diagnosed with a chest infection) so these may work better for those with minor symptoms as they're not marketed as being a medicine.

              The ingredients, nutritional values & recommended use are listed clearly on the packet - just a caution - contains a laxative so don't suck too many!

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              - well packaged & easy to access quickly.
              - yummy taste although a bit sweet for me.
              - seem to give quick but temporary relief from blocked noses etc.
              - recommended if you like cherry soothing sweets.

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                03.03.2009 09:47
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                Great while the are in your mouth, but there's no long lasting effect.

                I am having a terrible time with a cold, sore throat and stuffy head. I thought I'd try these sugar free mentho-lyptus lozengers to try and combat my poor health, however, unfortunately I didn't prevail in my attempts.

                Firstly I thought they might do some good, you get a sense that as you suck on the lozengers your noes does feel clear, which is a good start, the back of your throat also starts to ease up and you generally start of feel clearer... but... as soon as the lozenger was gone, it all came flooding back. I wasn't going to dismiss the lozenger that quickly so I took another, but the same happened again. It seems that although they are good when they are in your mouth, there is no long lasting effect. What's bad about this is the fact that there is a guide of a maximum of 8 lozengers in 24 hours... which means I can't just keep taking them every 30 minutes!

                Yes they do taste nice, in fact the cherry ones are my favourite, but these are sweets, so that's not the reason why I bought them.

                Unfortunately I wouldn't really rate these very highly, as I need something that is going to help long term, not just the 20 minutes when I have the lozenger in my mouth.

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                13.02.2009 06:14
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                A sweet way to help your cold

                My cold continues. I am currently working my way through a huge pile of Soothers, Tunes, and the subject of this review: Halls Mentho-lyptus sweets. Of the three throat sweets mentioned, these are probably the best.

                These sweets come in a quite funky looking packet which is a shiny, metallic silver and red colour. It contains 9 sweets and costs 35 pence from most supermarkets or pharmacies. Each sweet is individually wrapped and is a red colour.

                These lozenges are supposed to provide relief for 'blocked nose, head colds, chestiness and sore throats' according to the packet. The active ingredients are Menthol and Eucalyptus Oil.

                The usage instructions are to dissolve one sweet slowly in the mouth. Adults should not exceed 4 packs in 24 hours, children over 6 should not exceed 3 and those under 6 should not exceed 1.

                The sweets taste lovely! They are quite strong and have a cherry flavour akin to Cherry Drops, mixed with a very slight menthol taste which makes my tongue go a little tingly. They are so yummy that I tend to end up crunching them instead of sucking them, as I want to eat them! However this seems to work as well as sucking them, so it's not a problem.

                The lozenges are really effective. They numb my throat and provide a bit of relief from pain, though it is short lived like most throat sweets. They also make a difference to my sinuses. I suppose this is the menthol working. It makes my stuffy nose feel a bit clearer, which is great. I think they are the most effective of the sweets I have tried to help with this cold and they are the ones I shall turn to first in future.

                These do have some side effects. If taken in large qualities they can act as a laxative. The packet also warns that in rare cases they can cause skin irritation, flushing or headaches. If you experience any of these things you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. It's also worth saying that these sweets do contain aspartame, so don't buy them if you try to avoid that.

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              • Product Details

                Throat lozenges.