Whenever I get a scratchy throat or the signs of a sore throat, I turn straight to Halls Soothers because I find that they do the job perfectly and they are indeed very soothing. They are widely available and, as far as I know, come in three flavours - blackcurrant, peach and raspberry and cherry.
Personally my favourite flavour is cherry although I find that they all work equally well and that they all taste pretty good actually. Whereas medicine type things always taste disgusting, these actually taste really fruity so that you feel like you are eating sweets rather than medicine. The flavours are really full and balance out the menthol effect well so that it is not too overpowering.
The sweets are available everywhere more or less, although I find that the blackcurrant ones are more common and that you have to search a bit for the other two flavours.
As I say, they work really well at soothing your throat because they have a menthol liquid centre that seems to coat your throat and gives instant relief from scratchy and dry throats. I find that you only need one or two as well and that they have a fairly long lasting effect which is good.
They aren't cheap at 80p for a 45 gram packet which contains about ten or eleven sweets, but I think it is a price worth paying for the effect that they have. You can buy them in three packs as well, which makes them cheaper.
Overall I would definitely recommend them because they taste good and work well.
My family have all been down with a cold for the last week and today I am feeling a little worse for wear with it. Luckily I picked up a pack of Halls Soothers a few weeks back as I think they are pretty handy to have tucked away in the medicine box, I have been using them for the last couple of days to relieve my cold symptoms.
Halls Soothers are widely available in Supermarkets and Chemists, I bought my particular pack in Tesco during my weekly shop, priced at 45p for a pack of ten. There are quite a few different flavours to choose from including strawberry, peach & raspberry, Blackcurrant and cherry, I chose the latter.
The lozenges are presented in paper packaging which clearly show the brand and product name along with a picture of a lozenge. Halls claim that these particular lozenges contain real cherry juice, they are also suitable for Vegetarians. There isn't much information given on the rest of the wrapper.
Each lozenge is individually wrapped in paper, which I think keeps them hygienic and fresh, it also means they are ideal for popping in your handbag. The lozenges themselves are dark red in colour, they are hard and large in size.
I have been using these for a few days now and I do think that they relieve the pain in my throat and help me breathe a little easier. Unfortunately this is very short lived, the relief is only temporary and after around ten minutes of finishing a lozenge my sore throat returns. The lozenges do taste really nice though, I really like the taste of cherries and these do not disappoint. They have a nice fruity cherry taste and they are quite sweet. I think it is worth noting that no recommended dose is given on the packet, personally I couldn't consume more than two or three at a time without them making me feel a little sick anyways, but I guess this would vary from person to person.
Halls Soothers are not a wonder cure for a sore throat but to be honest I was not expecting them to be. They do soothe the throat but the longevity of this is not brilliant. Whilst I have this cold I will continue using them, but I will certainly be swapping them in favour of a nice hot toddy tonight.
Halls Soothers are available in most supermarkets and chemists, priced at around 45p for a pack of ten.
I hate having a sore throat, but when it happens I do like to buy some of these soothers to help me along, I have been buying soothers for years, and I remember when I was younger, I used to even buy these occasionally for no other reason than I liked how they tasted.
Over the years these soothers have always done a great job at helping me along, they are not a miracle cure, but they do soothe a sore throat enough to notice, and help out whilst suffering with a bad throat. These soothers come an four flavours which I no of, such as, strawberry, blackcurrant, peach and raspberry and cherry, cherry or blackcurrant are the one's which I usually buy.
These are not known as sweets but as Lozengers, they have a strong smell to them, they smell strongly of which ever flavour you choose and when sucked they release a soothing sensation down the throat which instantly helps any sore throat problems. Each Lozenger comes in its own wrapper, and on the wrapper is a picture of a fruit, the fruit will be the same as the flavour of the Lozenger you have chosen, and the colour of the actual Lozenger wIll also be the same colour as your chosen fruit.
It is like sucking on a hard sweet, when you first put these Lozengers into your mouth, but after not to long it will get soft and crunchy as you get to the soft center, there, there is liquid, and it is this liquid that really helps soothe your sore throat. This liquid is the reason I used to buy these Lozengers as sweets when I was younger, as it really tastes great, strong but not to over powering of whatever flavour you choose.
Soothers cost around 45 pence and you get ten of them, and that's a very cheap price for helping out a sore throat, I have tried other brands of cough sweets in order to help any sore throats I have had, but have always found these particular one's to be the best, as they have always done a wonderful job at helping me along.
For anybody who has not tried out these Lozengers yet, then they come highly recommended from me, they not only taste great, but are also brilliant at helping your sore throat, so they get the full five stars from me. You can buy these soothers from almost anywhere, supermarkets, chemists, newsagents, corner shops or even online. These are a brand and product which has been around for a long time, and on the strength of these sweets it is not hard to see why, they really do, do a great job.
When I feel a sore throat coming on - whether or not I think a cold will follow, I am quick to buy Halls Soothers or something similar to help my throat. These are by no means medicating, but they do help soothe a sore or irritating throat, which helps you to get on with your day distraction-free!
Soothers come available in 45g tubes, which I usually buy. Each tube contains 10 sweets, which are individually wrapped. This helps maintain their freshness and stops them sticking together if it's a hot sunny day. Also, this enables you to take a few of the sweets individually wrapped in your pockets with you. This way, you don't have to worry about them sticking to your pockets as the individual wrapping prevents this. The tube itself has a large Soothers logo along the front, and they are available in several different flavours:
I tend to buy the strawberry or blackcurrant ones. The blackcurrant are very tasty; the strawberry are authentic too. I find the cherry ones overly sweet, but they do have a nice flavour. Overall the packaging is clear and simple, easy to spot on a shelf. The flavours are slightly limited, but I assume that there is one available for many different people's preferences.
The sweets are hard-boiled on the outside with a soft centre. This provides you with a strong initial flavour of the sweet, which starts to soothe your throat. However, this effect is compounded by the later gooey fluid that lies within the sweets. I feel that this leaves your throat feeling better for longer, rather than if the sweet was completely hard or soft in consistency. The itchiness/soreness of the sore throat tends to come back around half an hour to an hour after finishing a sweet, at which point I would feel like having another one. However I tend to delay this if possible, in order to limit my intake to a pack a day.
By no means are these sweets a preventer of sore throats, and they don't help them disappear. However, they do help to soothe them whilst they are present. In doing so, I tend to feel less irritated by a sore throat and can pop one of these in my mouth and get on with what I'm doing. You can suck a sweet for around ten minutes, and can easily get through a pack or even more in one day with a sore throat. I tend to limit myself to one pack a day, and a single pack usually suffices for the worst day in terms of throat soreness when you have caught a cold.
*Price & Availability*
You can buy these sweets for around 50p at most newsagents and supermarkets. They are also sold at pharmacies. Their wide availability makes them ideal to buy for when a sore throat is coming on. At around 5p a sweet, I would say that they are certainly worth the money to help with a sore throat.
Soothers are certainly worth a try when you next get a sore throat. They provide effective symptomatic relief from itchy and/or sore throats. Consequentially, they act as a distraction from an irritating sore throat and enable you to continue with what you are doing symptom-free. They are widely available at a decent price, and come in three tasty flavours. The only drawback is that they contain a reasonable sugar content - providing each pack with around 160-200 calories depending on the flavour. However this isn't a massive number of calories, and it would not prevent me from recommending these for sore throats.
Sore throats are never a nice experience and having a product that is always available, easy to consume and has a soothing feeling on the throat is priceless! Halls soothers cost around 50p from any good supermarket, the lozenges come individually wrapped, which can sometimes be annoying, and you get around 10 soothers in a pack.
The soothers come in a couple of flavours including my favourite blackcurrant. They have a hard exterior, like most other lozenges but the added extra with the Halls soothers is the thick syrup in the middle of the lozenges that really works to sooth the throat. Its very tempting to bite into the soother as soon as you get it to release the syrup as this has a brilliant soothing feeling on the throat.
The flavour of the Halls soothers is a bit stronger than others lozenges such as Tunes, it is also quite a bit sweeter and sicklier. I much prefer the taste of the tunes, not only this I prefer the packaging on the Tunes in the box as opposed to the Halls packet. The syrup is a huge success in the soothers though, a feature that is much more effective at soothing the throat than simply a hard lozenge.
The soothers are slightly bigger and last slightly longer than other lozenges (aside from the syrup) however you seem to less in a pack than many other brands. The pros and cons of the soothers makes them challenge my favourite throat lozenges Tunes very closely. Overall I simply prefer the taste of the Tunes which is the clincher for me, they are both effective, maybe soothers more so with the syrup however I'm much more likely to want a Tune and this is what matters to me.
A close run thing and I'd recommend to anyone with a sore throat as they may prefer the taste and have the added extra of the syrup. I give the soothers 4 Stars
When I have a sore throat, these soothers are the first thing I go and buy, simply because they give immediate and real relief from the soreness. They are boiled fruit sweets and the centre of each one is a thick soothing syrup. They come in a paper tube containing 10 individually wrapped fruit-coloured sweets.
I only ever buy blackcurrant, but they are available in four flavours. I've tried the Strawberry one, but it didn't seem right - to me, blackcurrant is a flavour of cold/flu/sore throat healing so I'm sure that somewhere in my pshyche, I feel that the blackcurrant one works better!! The other flavours available are cherry, and Peach & Raspberry, neither of which are to my taste.
The fruit flavour of the sweets is extremely strong and each one takes me a few minutes to suck to the point where syrup breaks through. Even the blackcurrant flavours from initially sucking the sweet are soothing, but it's the syrup that really works to ease the edge on the sore throat. I wouldn't say that they relieve the pain for hours, but the relief is definitely significant, and because it's a physical thing - the syrup coating the throat, I would imagine that has to be universally the case for everyone.
The ingredients are as follows: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Glycerol, Concentrated Blackcurrant Juice (0.5%) (Equivalent to 3% fruit juice), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Flavourings, Acidity Regulators (Sodium Lactate, Potassium Citrate), Menthol, Eucalyptus Oil, Colours (E129, E132), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin).
The sweets are suitable for vegetarians, may contain nuts and may contain sesame seeds. With no active medicinal ingredients, there aren't any warnings about how many you can take, or when, which is a good thing when you are struggling with an ongoing sore throat.
... From your sore throat?
On Saturday morning, I woke up with a sore throat. It was a full on feel-like-you've-swallowed-broken-glass kind of sore throat. Unfortunately, it was brownie fun day! I know that when I have a sore throat, it's the beginning of a cold. So, on the way, I headed off to Tesco to go and get something to help my throat and get me through the day!
I purchased a packet of Halls soothers (I recommend the cherry flavour) for 45p (although they are often on offer of 2 for 80p). You get 10 soothers in a packet, which are all individually wrapped. They come in a long packet, with swirly wording across the front. The cherry packet which I had is a pink colour rather than the white colour above. Although it's not particularly environmentally friendly to have individually wrapped throat sweets inside an outside packet, it means that if they fall out in your handbag, they don't turn everything sticky!
These throat sweets do actually taste quite nice, which in my opinion puts them way above strepsils and similar, which taste vile and do nothing but numb your tongue. They do taste of cherry and are a boiled sweet. When it gets down to the middle, it has a liquid centre. If you let the liquid centre run down your throat, you immediately feel the benefit of it. It eases that horrible, dry, sharp pain of your sore throat. The great thing about these throat sweets is that you don't have to wait a certain amount of time between sweets as you do with medicated throat sweets.
The one thing to watch out for is that if you leave these for too long, the gooey middle solidifies. I had dug out a previous packet as soon as I got out of bed, and I was disappointed to find out that the middle had solidified, so it had no effect on my throat. Hence I had to purchase some more!
Also, these are only throat soothers rather than having a menthol effect to clear your nose, so if you were looking for this as well, you would be better to go for an alternative Halls product.
When autumn and winter arrive there seems to be a large increase in the amount of coughs and colds that enter into our house and trying to avoid taking large quantities of medication with a range of side effects, we try and keep it simple and this is where there are always some Halls Soothers cough Sweets in the medicine cupboard ready to help ease the pain or a sore throat.
Halls, have been making a range of cough and cold remedies for a number of years, but my favourite have to be the Halls Soothers range. These are a flavoured sweet with a liquid centre to help soothe your sore throat. All you do is pop a soother into your month and suck on it and as the flavoured sweet dissolves it them disburses a liquid centre to help coat you throat. They come in a range of different flavours, cherry, strawberry, blackcurrant and peach and raspberry. You can buy the packets individually from most shops and larger shops also stock the multipack with 3 different flavour packets of halls soothers.
These are wonderful especially when you have to go to work and you have a irritating dry cough and when you are talking you cannot stop coughing, these cough sweets ease the pain in your throat whilst allowing you to finish your conversation. I do like all of the flavours but I have to say that my personal favourite is the peach and raspberry ones. I try and only to have a soother when necessary as they are not something that you ideally want to be eating all day.
These cough sweets are suitable for vegetarians and have real fruit juices in too. Their ingredients are Glucose syrup, Sugar, Glucose-fructose syrup, Glycerol, Lactic acid, Citric acid, Flavourings, Concentrated peach juice, Concentrated raspberry juice, Acidity regulators (Sodium lactate, Potassium citrate), Menthol, Colours(Beta-carotene, E129, E133), Eucalyptus Oil.
A single packet of these cough sweets can retail from around 50p and dependable where you purchase them from this price can vary quite dramatically. I think they are worth every penny and unlike other medicines there are no side effects and they instantly help to ease the pain in your throat.
The only disadvantage is that they only work on you sore throat if you have a headache or you body aches you still require to take another form of medicine.
I'm currently suffering from another annoying cold, my nose is still very stuffy and my throat dry and scratchy. I really am quite a baby when I'm ill so I do usually try different things to help get rid of it. When I get a dry throat when suffering from a cold, I'm quite often sick which makes my throat feel worse but if I suck on a Halls Soother, this usually prevents that from happening. As soon as I feel a cold coming on, this is probably the first thing I will go out and buy.
Halls Soothers are imported by Kraft Limited and come in a variety of flavours including cherry, strawberry, peach and blackcurrant. Cherry is my favourite and the only one I ever have now. They cost around 50p for a pack which includes 10 sweets. Each sweet is individually wrapped. I've found that if these sit in your bag for too long they can get very sticky and I've had a right faff trying to get all the mess out of my bags. But I suppose this is my fault for leaving them in my bag too long. The packaging is a thick paper type material which for the cherry flavour is a deep red colour with Halls Soothers in white and a picture of a cherry on. The back of the packet has ingredients information and what to do if you're not satisfied etc. The sweet wrapper is a thin paper with Halls Soothers wrote on it in yellow.
They are not classed as a medicine therefore you can buy them in a lot of places, corner shops, supermarkets and chemists and there is no specific dosage limit. They are currently (31/03/13) on offer in Tesco's at 2 for 80p.
They are made using real fruit juice and are suitable for vegetarians. Looking at the ingredients list, they also contain a lot of sugar and E numbers and actually only contain 1.7% fruit juice. For me, this isn't a big deal. They work and help me feel better so that all I'm really worried about. But if you are concerned about E numbers, you might want to take a proper look at the ingredients list and make sure you're happy before you buy them.
Although Menthol isn't listed as an ingredient, it does have that kind of taste to it and it does help to clear your nose and is usually found with other cough/cold type products in supermarkets and chemists.
I would recommend these to anybody who is suffering from a cold, they will give you some relief and they taste much nicer than other similar products that I've tried.
With this lovely cold weather, it has just played havoc with the family, and we have all had sniffles, coughs and worse of all throats that feel like we are swallowing razor blades.
Ours was no different as since Christmas we've all had bugs including colds and sore throats, and this time I decided to be proactive and can a couple of items in ready for next time. So as I was looking for suitability for my daughter she's 10 1/2, I saw these Halls soothers, so thought I would try them.
=Price and Availability=
I was in Boots and picked up 2 packets, they were 49p each, so I got the Blackcurrant and the 2nd packet the Peach and Raspberry flavour. Later found the same items in Pound World, 3 packets for £1.00
=Not long and we needed them=
Last week, my daughter woke up with I have a sore throat, so as well as making sure she was drinking fluid, I got these out of the cupboard for her.
I searched the packet for information related to the maximum for age groups, but there was none, my impression now was this was no more a sweet with a soft liquid centre, rather than what I had percieved to be a cough sweet.
=Wrapper= (Using Blackcurrant variety)=
-front- halls Soothers, a picture of the blackcurrant currant sweet, sitting on 2 leaves, which looks very odd, as they used 2 leaves, I would have expected there to be blackcurrants as a fruit, but no they put a picture of the sweet on there.
-Sides- best before date, weight of packet 45g, and the address, these are made by Kraft Foods.
-back- The Ingredients
Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Water, Stabiliser, Acids, plus other ingredients.
The real fruit juice is equivalent to 1.4%
-Nutritional Information- 100g = 370 calories - sugars 55.6 grams (that is just over 2 packets)
=My thoughts =
My immediate concerns are the high sugar content of the sweets, the first 3 ingredients are all sugar related. Next that there is no recommended dose, and also that there was no proper ingredients that I would expect in what is technically I percieve to be a cough sweet, and how small a percentage the juice in the sweets.
The question I would ask the manufacturers, or anyone on the know why on the front of the pack is the numbers 1 to 5, with no 1 in black, encased in a white circle, the others 2 to 5 in white. There is no explanation to the purpose of these numbers, whether they are related to strength, I don't know, if so I can presume they are really mild.
=back to the Sweets=
The sweets are individually wrapped and each sweet is easy to remove from the wrapper, the sweets are an oval shaped lozenge and have Halls Soothers imprinted on them.
The blackcurrant is a blackcurrant colour, and as soon as you put the sweet in your mouth they are easy to suck on, have a sweet taste and a soothing feeling, whether that is because we as a consumer are perceived into thinking they are more medicinal than they actually are.
If you do chew the sweet they have a slightly sticky centre, again this is blackcurrant flavour. Once eat you can still feel the blackcurrant taste for about 15 minutes.
=Did they work=
Personally for myself I find them too sweet and I would rather have a Halls mentholyptus - the extra strong packet (black colour) or strepsils as they are both medicated, but for my daughter, she is happy enough to use these sweets, she says they helped her sore throat. For me the jury is out.
The advantage is they are readily available, obviously suitable for children, and if they give her some help then I will buy them again.
My daughter would give them a 5/5, from me I would say 1/5 and that is for the taste. But a meet in the middle would be a 3/5
=Would I buy again=
I would buy them for my daughter, but wouldn't go out of the way to buy them for myself.
When I had a bout of the flu over Christmas and New Year I was left with an irritating tickly cough which is so annoying particularly if you are giving lectures where you could be talking for up to an hour or two at a time or attend meetings where you need to be quiet because the more you think of trying not to cough the more you seem to want to. Not only that after talking for such a long time by the end of a mammoth lecture my throat is particularly dry and sore. Not only do I think it is irritating to me but it does make me very self-conscious that I may be irritating others.
Halls cough sweets and lozenges.
Halls have been manufacturing cough sweets and lozenges since the 1800's and are probably one of the most well-known brands making a variety of cough sweets. They make medicated cough sweets as well as soothers. They are made and marketed all over the world and not just in the UK with some bizarre flavourings which are obviously geared towards the local population. The old saying one man's meat is another man's poison applies here I think! Not that there is any meat in them of course however they warn that the factories where they are produced may mean that they may come into contact with nuts.
I went to Asda one morning before work because I thought of getting something which would help soothe my throat and at the same time help stop me coughing. There was a fairly good selection of cough sweets and lozenges available and I remember having tried these before. They were selling packets containing ten lozenges for 55p and in packets of four for £1.70.
Soothers are available in a variety of flavours namely Blackcurrant, Cherry, strawberry flavour and peach and raspberry flavours. The multi pack has a mixture of these varieties. I bought the multi pack of Soothers for £1.70. I have looked up the ingredients and they are purely a sweet although I think that there are some other cough sweets that do contain an antiseptic. Inside the lozenge there is a small amount of liquid fruit juice which also helps lubricate the throat. The sweets are made in Turkey and also in Devon for Cadburys.
Do they work?
I don't really think they have any medicinal value apart from providing some relief as they are sold as sweets as opposed to a medicated lozenge. I found them to soothe my throat and reduce the amount of coughing and tickling in my throat. They taste sweet and soothing and once you have sucked through the boiled outer casing a small globule of liquid is released which slides down the throat. These are just a comforting sweet which helps lubricate sore throats but do not have any medicinal ingredients. I would recommend them for irritating dry tickling coughs though! Just a word of warning there are quite a few E numbers and preservatives in the sweets. I do not think they are suitable for young children.
A helpful comfort aid when you have a cough.
Whenever I happen to get a sore throat it seems sudden and unexpected. I can be eating a meal and swallow and suddenly I notice my throat is killing me. I'm not sure if this is true of everyone, but for me whenever I notice I have some kind of ache or pain I constantly feel it from then on even if I hadn't noticed it right until that exact moment, and so it becomes really annoying and I want rid immediately. One way I try to soothe, though temporarily of course, my throat is with cough sweets. I have tried numerous varieties of cough sweets and my favourites have got to be Lockets and of course Halls' Soothers.
I find myself waking up with sore throats a lot because I don't tend to drink much later on in the day so it feels very dry and painful. This means I have to drink lots whenever I wake up but sometimes this won't shake the achey feeling. If this is the case I'll usually pop in the shop at my local Bus Station on my way out and about and grab myself a packet of these Soothers. This is pretty much always how I source my cough sweets and they cost me 65p at the shop there.
The sweet is a small coloured lozenge (depending on flavour) which has a syruppy centre. They have a very sweet taste which is much more like an ordinary sweet than a cough sweet taste which sometimes can be quite bitter and a little too strong. Their flavours include blackberry, cherry, peach and raspberry, and strawberry. My favourite flavours are the first and last of that list particularly because I happen to like those two flavours ordinary.
The lozenge melts into your mouth very easily and you can immediately taste it as the flavours are very strong. Whilst it doesn't eliminate a sore throat or a cough it does help to ease mine or at least temporarily get rid of them so I can get on with some things in the meantime (until they return during the night to keep me up all night!). They come wrapped in individual wrappers which means they stay nice and fresh even once you've ripped off the top of the packet. A single pack contains 10 individually wrapped lozenges.
For me while they won't remove a really bad sore throat they do give me temporary easing especially when my ailment means I struggle to swallow without lots of pain, this means I can talk, eat and drink a little easier for a while.
Overall I would recommend Soothers as they are a product I use often, especially during the winter months and they have never let me down. You can find them in most corner shops or chemists and they're usually fairly cheap between 50-80p. They provide temporary relief for mild sore throats and are fast acting so you can get on with your day.
I've been quite persecuted recently with a cold and sore throat that has lingered, mainly due to my two sons reinfecting me with their own colds. Although my cold has only been mild my throat has suffered the most with a silly scratchy tickle that has felt sore but not severe and I've found myself buying medicated throat sweets to help alleviate any discomfort. I tend to suffer from sore throats quite a lot, though when mild I find Halls Soothers to help take away some of the discomfort that is associated with painful throats, and because of this I tend to have a pack stored in *just in case*.
Halls Soothers are medicated sweets that have a liquid centre which claims to be both soothing and made using real fruit juice. They are available in packs featuring 10 individually wrapped sweets and can be bought in four flavours including:
*Peach & Raspberry
Availability wise they can be bought from most shops ranging from chemists to Supermarkets, corner shops to garage forecourts and as they are 'Britain's best selling sore throat sweet' they are readily available from most shops. Price wise they can range between as little as 40p per pack to where I've seen them selling for £1.25 on amazon so it really depends on where you shop as prices vary quite drastically. I tend to pick up a couple of packs when I'm in my local Superdrug as they cost 49p for one pack or 85p for two making them an economical buy and handy to keep in my bag if my throat starts feeling scratchy or sore.
Do they work?
I've used these type of throat sweets for years to help take the edge of sore throats with Halls Soothers being my preferred choice, and whilst I feel they certainly help ease any discomfort this is all they do as they don't numb the pain like more medicated products such as Strepsils do. I regularly buy all four of the flavours and whilst they all do the same job I tend to opt for the Raspberry & Peach or Blackcurrant simply because I prefer these two flavours and they have a much more natural taste whereas the Strawberry in particular is far too sweet and very synthetic tasting so I only buy this flavour if it is the only one available as a last option.
*The flavour I currently have 'on the go' is the Blackcurrant so my review will be focused slightly more on these as opposed to the other flavours, though at the end of the day they are the same product with a different taste.
On opening the dark purple wrapper the sweets are easily accessible and each one is individually wrapped in a slightly transparent white wrapper. The wrappers are very easy to remove and unlike some similar products they don't stick to the sweet and come away quite easily when unwrapped. The sweets themselves are very appealing and instantly emit a strong fruit like scent - in this case being blackcurrant with its appearance matching in a dark purple coloured outer shell.
On popping one of these throat sweets into my mouth the blackcurrant is instantly soothing and the sweets themselves are just the right size, unlike Jakeman's which I always feel are too big and cumbersome. Soothers are small oval shaped sweets which start to melt when sucked, and once the crisp outer shell is broken the rich gooey liquid centre is incredibly soothing indeed.
I like these throat sweets as I feel they coat the throat sufficiently to help ease discomfort but they wont eradicate a sore throat, though to be fair they don't claim to either. Soothers are easy to carry due to the compact packaging and easily fit in most bags or even pockets and for the price they are ideal to have to help soothe a sore throat. I really like the fact that they don't leave my tongue sore as some boiled sweets can do and because they don't contain any antiseptic properties they also don't interfere with my taste buds for too long like Dequacaine has a habit of doing.
I would highly recommend these, though for more scratchy throat irritations as they will have very little impact on severe sore throats. They offer a slight relief, which when your throat is sore is a god send no matter how long the effects last.
5/5 from me.
During the winter months, like most other people, this is when I tend to suffer from coughs, cold and sore throats. I don't particularly like the stronger throat lozenges very much as I find them slightly overwhelming, so for this reason I buy Halls Soothers, as these are more palatable and they do work at helping to ease my sore throat, though possibly not as good as a Strepsils will.
Halls Soothers are very widely available and popular not just as a sore throat remedy, but also as a sweet. They come in different flavours and I prefer the blackcurrant ones as I feel this flavour works best if my throat is sore. I buy mine from the supermarket and they cost about 49p for a standard sized pack, containing a total of ten individually wrapped little sweets.
I like Halls Soothers as they are not sickly sweet and also, I like the fact that they have no 'warning' on the pack about not taking too many in any 24 hour period (this isn't the case with something like Strepsils). Each little sweet is individually wrapped in a sort of greaseproof paper and I like to suck it slowly. Once I get into the middle bit there is a syrupy runny liquid which comes out and it is this which I like the best as it runs down the back of my throat and helps to really relieve my sore throat and makes it feel better.
One of the minus points of these sweets though is that their effects don't actually last as long as a stronger throat tablets would. It feels comforting and soothing during the time I am actually sucking on it but the effects soon wear off and then I find myself going back into my bag and unwrapping another one. I eat quit a lot of Halls Soothers f I have a sore throat or ticklish cough. They don't work half so well on a cough but I feel they do work reasonably well for a mild / medium level sore throat.
They usually have a long shelf life but beware if you lose any in the bottom of your bag as the paper can stick to the sweet and sometimes they can be impossible to remove. They are a sore throat remedy I will probably always use whenever a stronger lozenge isn't called for. They are very reasonably priced and as they come in such a wide range of flavours to choose from, you are spoiled for choice.
I find that most cough sweets and sore throat tablets make me feel queasy if I have more than one or two in a day. I have tried using Tunes, Strepsils and the own brand equivalents and they are all the same. I can't isolate any particular ingredient that doesn't agree with me either. As the medicated sore throat treatments don't seem to numb a sore throat for long for me anyway, I decided to try a non medicated one. This led me to being recommended Halls Soothers a couple of years ago, and I have been using them when needed ever since.
Although they are listed under cold remedies on websites such as Boots, they are not a medicated product. They are described as sweets on the packet, and don't make any specific health claims. I don't know anyone that eats them as regular sweets although I am sure there are people who like the taste enough to do so. I only think to suck one if I have a sore throat, and I think the name Soothers suggests that is what they are intended for. One benefit of their "sweet" status is the fact there isn't a maximum dosage given per 24 hours. The main problem I have with official sore throat medicines is the fact you can only take many of them every 4 hours and the effects wear off before that. At least you can combine the Soothers with paracetamol and the like if need be.
The Soothers come in a paper tube containing 10 individually wrapped sweets. I used to pop one or two in my pocket when I went out but I keep them in the tube now. The wrapping seems to come away easily and they quickly go sticky. I used to buy a few packets when I saw them on offer but I don't think they store well long term because of the sticky issue even if they have have long use by dates.
Soothers are available in various flavours such as peach and raspberry, backcurrant, strawbberry and cherry. I usually buy the last now because I rarely see my favourite peach one available these days. One of their selling points is the fact they are made with real fruit juice, which is one of the reasons that I first thought they may be more palatable for me. The pack says that the cherry ones actually contain only the equivalent of 1.7% fruit juice which doesn't seem much. The flavour doesn't seem as weak as the numbers imply though. The second selling point of Soothers is the fact that their hard shell encases a liquid centre. This for me is the star part of the sweets. The outer sweet is nice and fruity, but the centre holds the strong flavour for me. It oozes out as a syrupy nectar when you have sucked the rest of the sweet away, and glides down your throat. It may not be a medicine but it certainly feels soothing! My taste buds are often affected when I have a cold, so I like the fact the flavour of these sweets still comes through, and leaves my mouth feeling refreshed. The packet doesn't list menthol as one of the ingredients, but I think the sweets have a similar effect. When I breathe in after eating one, my mouth and breath feels cool and my nose a bit less stuffed up. The cherry taste lingers in this nice refreshing way for some time. That is only a disadvantage when you want to have a drink because tea and coffee just doesn't taste quite right following a Soothers! It is hard to judge a sweet that doesn't claim to specifically cure sore throats, but I have found that they do work in this regard if not for long. I think that about an hours relief from soreness is all they give me. They can help bridge the gap between taking other remedies though. When I had a really severe throat, due to a salivary gland infection, they were not strong enough to give me much relief. [Gargled liquid paracetamol was magic, taken on doctors advice.] So I only use them when I have a slight cold.
Overall, I would recommend these sweets if you are looking for a gently soothing, if not long lasting remedy, for a sore throat. They taste much nicer than similar sweets to me and crucially don't make me want to vomit! I wouldn't recommend them if you want help with a really bad sore throat though, as I think a medicated product would be more effective if you can find one that gives lasting relief. I paid 49p for my last packet but I have seen them for as much as 69p for the same sized 10 pack. They do often seem to be on a multi buy offer somewhere though.
[This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.]