Halls XS Lemon Sugar Free
I tend to get niggly sore throats and I am also mildly asthmatic, but try not to take Salbutamol (prescription reliever drug) unless I really have to, so I always have a pack of sugar free cough or throat sweets or lozenges on me.
When I spotted these on offer at Approved Food, I decided it would be a good time to give them a try. I think I paid £1 for 3 packs and must admit I was a little surprised when they turned up both that the packs were so small and more so that the sweets themselves are tiny. However, they do pack a relatively big punch; I have discovered that they quickly dispense with mild niggly throat issues and freshen up the mouth a treat as well.
Whilst not as strong as many throat and cough sweets on the market, the claims for these are low key, so they are quite adequate for their spot in the market place.
The little sweets are packed in a small cardboard box with a flip lid enclosed in a cellophane outer. The cellophane is quickly dispensed with once a perforation is made with the tip of a knife or a snip with a pair of scissors and the flip top opens to reveal the baby sweets.
To look out for them, they are small packets that stand about 7cm high and are black with yellow writing and feature the Halls logo and the words Sugar Free and XS Lemon.
The back of the pack includes the warnings: "not suitable for children under 4" & "excessive consumption may produce a laxative effect."
I have just noticed on my pack that there is actually a tare strip to open them and this reveals a small hole dispenser at one end. I was quite happy using them by flipping open one end though and they sit up in a compartment in my handbag quite happily waiting to be used like that.
The pack holds 30 very small sweets.
THE SWEETS/TASTE TEST:
They are round spherical and about the size of a TicTac or actually maybe 2 together, although round. The colour is pale yellow and as soon as you open the box a delicate lemon smell wafts out.
These little sweets are not bitter, nor are they overly sweet, as artificial sweetened products can so often be. They are great for sore throat niggles or freshening the mouth, but I don't think they are strong enough to help with a serious cold or throat problem. That said, I do like them and they are perfect for those little niggles.
The flavour is fairly subtle, lemony but not bitter like lemon sherbets are. The flavour indicator is 3 out of 5 and that is a fair indication of the flavour if 5 is blow your head off lemon and zero is no flavour 2.5 - 3 is about where these are.
I think this is perfect for someone like me, who prefers the sugar free option, but does need to pop a sweet in their mouth to suck now and again to soothe a throat niggle or freshen the mouth.
I will buy these again as their compact size makes them ideal for carrying about and the low calorie sugar free option, means they are a healthier, tooth friendlier option.
Recommended, but with the reminder that they are small and not for really sore throats.
4/5 stars as they are what they are and for a sweet of their type they are not too bad at all.
PRICE and AVAILABILITY:
Usual price is around 50-60p per pack of 30 from corner shops and some supermarkets, but I have not seen them widely available at the time of writing.
I work as a volunteer in our local church's good -as- new shop a couple of mornings a week and these Halls Lemon sweets have been handed out for the past fortnight as quite a few members of the team seem to be full of snuffles/sore throats or cold-like symptoms. I am referring to them as sweets rather than lozenges because they are small in size and can be sucked like sweets but don't let the size deceive you as these are surprisingly strong and very effective.
A member of staff has been buying them from Superdrug.com for around 85p for 2 boxes which weigh 17g and contain about 16 in each one. The packaging is neat and it is easy to access these because of the sliding design which makes it easier to dispense than using the fiddly tubes which we are accustomed to and are especially good if you are on the go.
We all agree that these lemon sweets taste nice and 'lemony' but that the taste is not a sharp, unpleasant one. One of the team had a sore throat which, she advised me today, was feeling a good deal better. I noticed that my snuffles had lessened and that my chest felt less tight although I have to point out that my symptoms were only mild and I did not have a full-blown cold so I cannot comment on whether they would be effective for those suffering from bad colds or flu etc
Although these are sugar-free I have to tell you that they taste quite sweet and are quite pleasant although I did notice that my teeth felt a bit coated and sticky after sucking on one for a good 5 minutes which is a sensation I really do not like. Although the menthol and lemon taste lasted for quite some time I did experience a bit of an aftertaste which was not so pleasant but expected from any similar products I have found.
I do not think they are particularly cheap because you only get 16 in a box but these are very handy for popping in a pocket or bag when out and about - a bit like paying extra for packets of handy tissues?
Amongst my small sample of users we all agree that they are effective (at least for minor symptoms) and that they taste nice and work effectively in a relatively short space of time so it might be worth trying these out.
I love trying out new things especially sweets or chocolates. So when bzzagent sent me l these I couldn't wait to try them. I got sent the Peppermint flavour and lemon flavour.
Halls XS is the invigorating menthol sweet range has launched the new Halls XS Lemon & Peppermint. The small peppermint and lemon flavoured sweets are mini in size but mighty invigoration and are designed for people on the go at any time of day.
The box is a few inches long and wide, so they look perfect to fit in pockets or handbags without taking up too much space. It's a dark looking box with halls written in white writing over a yellow pattern. On the bottom of the box the numbers one to five are on there, The flavour is highlighted as number three(it don't actually say what the numbers stand for, I think its flavour strength though.) I don't think the box would really stand out on the shelf, and it wouldn't catch my eye.
I also found the box really hard to open at first I couldn't get the selepane wrapper off, after I did eventuality get the box out I found the box difficult to open aswell, you are just meant to rip a strip off and you can push up the box, sounds easy and was infact very hard.
After finally getting the pack open I popped a small hard little yellow ball into my mouth, straight away the menthol hit me, I was quite disappointed as there was a lack of lemon taste in them.
I didn't actually like the taste so started to chew the sweet just so it wasn't in my mouth anymore.
A few days after trying these, I ended up with a blocked nose, so I decided to test them out again, once again put one into my mouth and decided to suck it, still couldn't really get much lemon flavour. However they did seem to help me breathe a little more easily for about half an hour, so that was a plus point.
If I was really flu'ed up, I would not waste my money buying these, as there are much better products on the market for when you are ill.
After taking these out with me in my handbag the box did end up battered, so the box wouldn't open, so I had to ripped open the packaging, So they are not great for carrying in pockets or bags.
After handing these out to a few people to try, my friends didn't seem very impressed either with the taste or flavour.
Halls XS quote" When you reach for Halls XS you'll feel a rush of invigoration and energy." But I didn't feel a rush of invigoration or energy. I don't think I would buy these again, as I found these very disappointing.
I'm not too sure what these are meant to be, sweets, mints, medicine, pick-me sweets?
They have a choke warning on the back on the pack "not suitable for children under 4". There is also a note excessive consumption may produce a laxative effect, but it doesn't indicate how many is excessive.
They normally retail at 55p for a 17g box.
When I last had a bad case of man flu, my head was stuffy, my nose was blocked and my throat felt like I had swallowed a razor. I went off to my local Tesco and picked up a box of these cough sweets that supposedly help to relieve flu symptons and off I went.
They cost me around £1 for a box of 16. Not a bad price as some brands cost double that!
I had been taking cough medicine which wasn't really helping so tried one of these sweets. They had a strong lemon flavour which cooled my sore throat, I felt like I had only swallowed a blunt razor now, rather than a recently sharpened one.
They were hard sweets but because I am a man child, I ended up breaking it with my teeth after a few minutes and had another which seemed to help a little more.
I did notice that they were doing very little for my blocked nose and stuffy head so I had to resort to my inhaler. Used alongside my inhaler I managed to feel much better, my throat was soothing nicely, and I could breath (in a fashion) out of my nose.
These sweets do really taste great, many brands I have had in the past taste horrendous, but the lemon taste mixed with the cooling sensation is really pleasant.
I would try this again, but I would still need to use them with cough medicine and an inhaler. This combination seemed to stop my dreaded man flu in its tracks!
I got to try out the new Halls XS and I could not wait to get my mits on them, to test them to the max.
Halls XS is the invigorating menthol sweet range has launched the new Halls XS Lemon & Peppermint. The small peppermint and lemon flavored sweets are mini in size but mighty invigoration and are designed for people on the go at any time of day.
The new XS range comes in a slimmer, more convenient, sliding box perfect size just to but in your pockets or handbag's or even your favourite clutch. "What would I want to now before I get this product" Well I would want to know how strong the flavour's are, and if they really "live up to their word" I'd want to know there extra strong for when I need them on the go, and that it would be a product I'd keep on buying.
Also would want to know if my family and friends would enjoy them to. The menthol sweets taste great and offer a cooling sensation that leaves you feeling renewed and reinvigorated. The new lemon sweets ideal for those challenging moments when you need to breath deep and stay cool. Plus Halls XS Lemon & Peppermint are sugar free even better.
I think Halls developed a very COOL new product, ideal for anytime or day that you need them for a jolt of invigoration on the move, or to share with friends. Halls XS gets 5 Stars from me, they have done a great job on the new Halls XS Lemon & Peppermint. I love the handy sized, the flavour's and this is a product I'll keep on buying.
Thanks Halls XS
I recently had a bit of a head cold - it left me feeling rather out of it due to blocked sinuses and a stuffy head. Luckily, not too long before, I'd signed up to receive a free box of Halls XS (the freebie campaign is now closed sadly) so when a box of the lemon flavoured ones dropped through my door a couple of days into my cold, it seemed like perfect timing.
Now, Halls XS claim on their facebook page that ''New Halls XS opens up the power of invigoration that helps you unlock the power within.' I don't know about that, all I want it to do is soothe my sore throat, and clear my nose.
The sweets come in a 17g box, which contains approximately 30 of the little acid drop sized sweets. The box informs me that these are sugar free, with the rear containing an ingredients listing. There is no information about dosage amount, but these sweets appear to be unmedicated with no active ingredient mentioned on the packaging, though there is a note that excessive consumption may produce a laxative effect. No mention of what constitutes excessive though. I'm also slightly baffled by the numbers 1-5 along the bottom of the box, with number 3 highlighted - there is no explanation on the box of what that number indicates.
The sweets themselves are small, the size of those Acid Drops sweets you used to be able to get, and a glossy golden yellow in colour. They are hard in texture, with a strong lemon flavour that also tastes a little minty, though there is no mention of mint in the ingredients. It does however mention 'flavourings' which could mean anything I suppose. I find the sweets last me about 5 minutes if I suck them, and I do find they have quite a cooling soothing sensation on my throat. I actually really rather like the taste - I love lemony things, and these were lovely and lemony without being too sour.
I don't find that they do anything for a stuffy head or a blocked nose though. My headache was not soothed at all, and my nose didn't become unblocked, but did feel annoyingly tingly which led to me constantly sniffing, to the point where I began to annoy myself and others around me. I also didn't feel particularly invigorated, or that any powers within me had been unlocked.
These sweets cost 75p a box in Superdrug, which I feel is really quite expensive considering that I didn't find them that effective.
I'll give these sweets three stars - they did taste nice, they soothed my throat, and being unmedicated with no ingredients I could overdose on, I was able to use these as well as Strepsils. I just didn't find them effective at relieving the symptoms of a head cold, and as that is the only situation in which I would normally buy these kinds of sweets, I won't be buying them again.