“ Brand: Jakemans / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu / Sweets „
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I don't normally eat sweets as I'm not a fan of them in general, but when I need a lozenge for a sore throat I will make an exception, sugary though they tend to be.
I came across Jakemans throat lozenges in my local Tesco store at the counter and as I was in a rush I popped a packet into my basket before I could forget to buy any. The lozenges come in different flavours but I grabbed a packet of the blackcurrant menthol ones as I definitely wanted something strong and I quite like berry flavours.
The lozenges come in a large plastic 100g packet and they are individually wrapped. I figured they would last a long time and I wasn't wrong there, as there are a lot of them in the pack and they do seem to be quite effective. The menthol in particular clears your nose and the blackcurrant added a nice flavour although if you don't like menthol I would say you might find it overpowering. Having a bunged up nose helps though as the flavour is probably not as strong to me now as it would be when I have a clear nose and throat.
These are boiled sweets so it's all about sucking them until they become small enough to crunch and swallow. So it's quite important that you like the flavour, and I must say I was pleased with the blackcurrant and menthol flavour, although as I expected they are quite sugary tasting too. The lozenges are also quite large so do be careful to keep them away from little fingers as they are easy to unwrap and would certainly be a choking hazard to small children.
The lozenges are very effective at clearing your nose and soothing your throat but only during sucking them and for a little while after sucking them. Jakeman's is a trusted American brand as they have been around for a while and their sweets are in imitation of the old school hard boiled sweets people used to eat, which perhaps adds a novelty factor for the sucker. For only 55p a bag I would definitely recommend these throat sweets, although they don't last a long time there doesn't appear to be a limit on how many you can suck in a day and they do give instant if not long-lived relief. They also come in a number of different flavours and for the most part they are made with real ingredients rather than synthetic ones. So next time you have a sore throat, be a sucker and buy some!
I had a cold recently, and as I couldn't take anything medicated due to being pregnant, I stocked up on menthol and natural remedies. These Jakemans throat lozenges are available in several different flavours, but I chose the blackcurrant ones because at least they would taste nice and I had already chosen some more medicinal tasting lozenges such as Fisherman's Friend and Lockets.
The lozenges are packaged as though they are boiled sweets, which I suppose they are essentially. They come in a 100g bag, which cost me 59p in Superdrug. I thought this was a bit of a bargain to be honest. They are individually wrapped which is handy if you're popping out and just want to throw a few in your handbag or pockets instead of having to carry the whole bag. I quite like the style of the Jakeman's brand, as the packaging is quite traditional looking, a bit like old style sweets but with a menthol twist.
The sweets are boiled so they don't have that soft centre you find in the likes of Lockets or Halls Soothers. This means they are well suited to sore throats, as they give you something to suck on which lasts a good while and also soothes your throat for a little while afterwards. The blackcurrant ones taste really nice, and the menthol is quite subtle, although it does give your sinuses a bit of a blast. I find they are recognisable as blackcurrant, and they're not overly sweet like some of these boiled sweets can be.
The best thing about these lozenges is that they last a long time, so if you're struggling with a sore throat these will take your mind off it for a good ten minutes whilst you're sucking, and then for about an hour afterwards. The only downside is that I find they are quite large at first, so I find it difficult fitting them in my mouth comfortably. This isn't an issue if I'm at home, but at work I find it awkward speaking on the phone when the inevitable happens and someone calls me just after I've popped one into my mouth.
I would say these helped with my sore throat rather than my sinuses, although I have had various issues with my sinuses since falling pregnant, so I'm not sure there is any one solution for this. I find these a really pleasant way of soothing a sore throat, and to be honest I'd be happy to have these even without the sore throat as they taste so nice!
If you're not keen on the sound of blackcurrant, they also come in lemon & honey, cherry, blueberry, menthol eucalyptus and the original throat and chest variety. I've tried a couple of the other flavours and they've never disappointed, so I would recommend these lozenges to help with mild sore throats.
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I must have tried just about every throat lozenge and tablet known to man. I have always particularly like the Jakeman's lozenges as I don't find that they are too strongly flavoured and yet they are quite soothing and dos seem to work reasonably well. The nicest flavour of the bunch has to be the blackcurrant ones - my favourite flavour and one I cannot resist, even if I don't have a sore throat.
I buy these from my local petrol station and they cost 75p for a 100g bag. That sounds like quite a lot of money but really they are worth it. I have also had the honey and lemon variety but I personally find the blackcurrant flavour so much more palatable.
These little sweets come individually wrapped and they are in a pretty, quite old fashioned looking, I think, plastic bag. They just remind me of old fashioned hard boiled sweets, to look at. These lozenges, like most throat tablets, are menthol based, but I like that they don't blow my head off as they are not too strong and I am able to eat one all the way through without having to dispose of it.
They have quite a sweet and sugary taste to them which sort of distracts from the menthol flavour, but I like this. I hate throat sweets which are too strongly flavoured with menthol as most of the time I think it defeats the object, as I just cannot manage to eat them all the way through if they are too strong to keep them in my mouth.
The idea is that you suck (not chew) these sweets all the way through until they are all gone. By the time I have finished one I can feel a definite improvement at the back of my throat. They won't numb my throat, but sucking one of these is certainly very soothing and comforting and I think there is just something about taking blackcurrant for a sore throat that seems to work wonders for me. Whether it's a placebo affect or not, I'm not sure, but these sweets do wonders not only if I have a sore throat, but they also help with ticklish coughs too.
Overall, I really cannot fault them. A bag will last me for ages, and whilst I admit to eating them even if my throat feels fine, they do work best for mild to moderate sore throats.
Having had a cold a few weeks ago I was really suffering and I felt absolutely awful. However, I made the much needed trip to Boots to stock up on all the essentials to try and help my cold symptoms be relieved somewhat. Amongst all the liquid medicines and tablets I needed to ease my sore throat and looked for a suitable throat lozenge. I had forgotten the price you can pay for sore throat sweets and was amazed at how much Strepsils charge for such a small product. However, having a quick scan on the shelves and in the end opted for a make I have never tried hoping that they would be a small bargain but relive my throat.
The brand in question is Jakemans. I have heard of them and well aware of what products they make not only because I have seen them on shop shelves but also because I live about 20 miles from where they are made (Boston, Lincolnshire) and if you happen to know where the factory is the smell that surrounds it is incredibly nose clearing! In this instance I opted for the Jakemans Blackcurrant Menthol throat sweets purely because I prefer blackcurrant flavoured products and my only other choice was honey and lemon and as I don't like honey the choice was pretty clear!
The blackcurrant "soothing menthol sweets" come in a lovely deep purple coloured packet with a tiny little window on the front so you can see what the throat sweets look like. The printing on the packet and style of font is in quite an old style and it almost reminds me of the Victorian era for some reason (if you've been to the Black Country Museum you will see why!) or it could be to do with that Jakemans was founded in 1907. On the back there is the extensive list of ingredients together with information about the product itself as well as the nutritional information.
Each throat sweet comes separately wrapped in clear plastic and if you didn't know it does resemble a deep purple coloured boiled sweet. Once unwrapped unless you hold it to your nose you can't smell a thing. The only difference is when once in your mouth the menthol/blackcurrant favour really takes over. It isn't a particularly strong flavour, nothing overpowering which is great, it has a lovely sweetness to it which takes the edge off the menthol side of things which sometimes I find menthol products tend to really blow the cobwebs away which is great when needed but I still find it a little unpleasant.
The throat sweets simply need to be sucked until dissolved, there is no point in chewing them straight away as the menthol needs to circulate and start to help decongest as well as the natural blackcurrant juice helping to soothe an irritated throat. I find that they take quite a while to dissolve which makes a change from a lot of throat sweets I have tried and used in the past which is nice. However, when it becomes incredibly thin I do tend to just chew it as there is really nothing left to dissolve! I do find after the throat sweet has gone that the menthol remains somewhat.
After eating (or sucking) the throat sweets I do find that my throat seems eased and doesn't seem as irritated and painful but again this only lasts for the short term but even that slight bit of relief when you have a horrid cold and sore throat is much wanted. I find these throat sweets perfectly pleasant and they don't seem so medicine like as others I have used e.g. the ones with antiseptic in. Overall, I think these are a great sore throat reliever and it makes a nice change to have throat sweets which actually taste nice. They provide a bit of light relief which is very welcome. I'd definitely recommend them as I can't really fault the product at all - it is also nice to use a product which is local to me too.
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Price: £0.69 per 100g bag (Boots)
Availability: Most pharmacies and supermarkets
I was shopping in Boots last weekend when I suddenly spotted a bag of Jakemans sweets that I regularly buy, but this time they were packaged within a newly coloured bag that I had not seen before. This meant there was a new flavour for me to try, and so I quickly picked a bag up.
I absolutely love Jakemans cough sweets, and I have tried all of the available flavours from the range, but tend to usually buy the original throat and chest cough sweets, purely because they seem to often be the only available flavour in most of the shops, garages or chemists that I use.
My Dad first introduced me to Jakemans original Throat and Chest sweets a few years back when I was suffering from a bit of the old 'man flu', and being somewhat of an expert on sweets in general, my dad turned up with a bag of these for me during a visit to see me.
The Jakemans brand has been in existence since 1907, and so they have a fully tried and tested track record, and the brand does seem to be getting more and more popular over the last few years since I have heard of them.
The new flavour that I had not come across before was Blackcurrant Menthol Soother sweets and they are based around the same idea as the other flavours in the range, in that they are basically a hard boiled sweet, which are dark purple in colour, and probably just a bit larger in size than a locket or tune. They come in a dark purple coloured plastic bag, with a see-through patch at the front of the bag which exposes a few of the sweets contained within the bag. Each bag contains 100 grams of individually wrapped sweets inside it, which roughly equates to about 15 sweets.
As with all the others in the Jakemans range, there is an instant strong smell of menthol, as the bag is opened up, and as the sweets themselves are unwrapped, this scent intensifies.
As mentioned above, the sweets are boiled, and very hard, with no soft centre, and the idea is to suck them in your mouth, until the sweet has dissolved. I usually find a sweet will last the best part of an hour before it has completely dissolved in my mouth, if I just suck it, and don't bite into it.
The blackcurrant flavour that these sweets are based on is strong and quite juicy which tastes great, and gets to work on clearing a blocked nose, or a sore throat very quickly. There is also a gentle hint of menthol present which is detectable when sucking the sweet, which is not too overpowering. They do have a strong, but inviting kick to them, which provides a soothing vapour to the throat, and helps to clear the airways. They also leave the mouth feeling fresh, fruity and Menthol after the sweet has fully dissolved!
They have the feel of a very good quality product, from the design on the bag, the wrappers, the taste, and the effects that the sweets have. For anyone interested they do not contain any artificial colours, and they are suitable for vegetarians!
The price of these bags of Jakemans cough sweets varies a huge amount depending on where you buy them from. I often pay around 70p a bag from my local Morrison's supermarket, and they are also available in a host of newsagents, petrol stations, and convenience stores, although most of these places only stock the 'Original Throat and Chest' flavour, so boots is a good place to visit to pick up the more unusual flavours.
I find them a really tasty alternative to mints, and so I probably get through a packet of these most weeks. These are a medicinal sweet though, and so it is sensible to restrict consumption to just a few a day, or one every few hours if being taken as a one-off to help cure a cough and sore throat.
For information, Jakemans now produce 6 different flavours of menthol cough sweets, all coming in very similar looking packaging, just differing in terms of name, and the colouring of the packaging designed to match the colour of the cough sweets inside the bag as follows:
Blackcurrant Menthol Soothers - Dark purple Bag / sweets
Throat and Chest - Black Bag / sweets
Menthol and Eucalyptus - Blue Bag / sweets
Cheery Menthol - Red Bag / sweets
Honey and Lemon Menthol - Yellow Bag / sweets
Blueberry Menthol - Purple Bag / sweets
Overall they are a fantastic addition to the Jakemans range of boiled sweets. It is great from my point of view to see the range of sweets becoming more and more popular in the UK, as they are obviously becoming more widely available in shops, supermarkets, chemists, garages, and even airports. I'm pleased to have found this new flavour, and it does rank highly on my list, and I hope there are more new flavours to come soon!
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Jakemans Blackcurrant Soothers
Quality product that are always in stock in my husbands car. Great price. Suitable for vegetarians. On this occasion I purchased because I had a cold which included blocked sinuses - I was not expecting these to clear the sinuses they were aimed more at soothing my throat....a surprise was in store.
Due to the fact that we always have plenty of Jakemans in the car I am aware that these sweets/lozengers are a product for easing the symptoms of a cold. We like to have them occasionally as a treat as we enjoy them. If I was seeing the pack for the first time I may have mistaken them for a packet of sweets. They are packaged in a quality plastic bag and have a lovely traditional design which states clearly all that you would want to know. I am impressed with the presentation.
There is a good number of lozengers in the packet and for the price I think that they are a really good purchase. The sweets are wrapped individually in clear wrap which are easy to undo - I appreciate this attention to detail as it ensures that the sweets are free from contamination of germs and also I can grab a couple and put them into my bag or pocket without them sticking the material up.
When I treated myself to a sweet it was in order to address my tender throat and sample the new flavour of blackcurrant. The sweet is a good size - similar to a locket - and is a boiled sweet which remains hard all the way through. I am not really a fan of soft centred medicated sweets so this suits me very well.
The blackcurrant flavour was detected straight away and though it does not dominate the experience it is well balanced with the menthol that releases a vapour within the oral cavity. This is a really pleasant tasting sweet and may have just knocked my favourite Jakemans Menthol of it's top spot!
To my surprise after sucking this modest sweet for a few minutes I noticed that my sinuses where clearing and that I could now breath through my nose! This was a very impressive achievement as I had tried all manner of remedies for my sinuses and none had been so effective and certainly not as promptly. The sinuses remained clear for the duration of me consuming the sweet - lasting about six minutes on average - and for a good hour or so afterwards!
I was not continually aware of the menthol vapours and it certainly was not unpleasant or overpowering - that was why I was so surprised that the sinus issue resolved for a good duration of time. The unassuming sweets are pretty damn good!
I am aware of the menthol taste for some time afterwards but it doesn't prevent me from enjoying a meal if I eat an hour or so later - this is my experience with most cough and cold sweets. As they are quite a large sweet I am careful not to be exerting myself in any way when eating as they can be slippery in the mouth and easily swallowed.
I consume about three sweets in a day and the pack lasts about four days - generally there are approximately fifteen sweets in the bag.
Other flavours can be purchased more readily in high street stores, superstores and pharmacies.
A final thought....
I am so very happy that I discovered this flavour of Jakemans - they seem to be even more effective than the original black menthol ones for me and the lovely flavour takes them to the top of my list for Jakemans sweets.
A treat as well as effective for clearing my very blocked sinuses and providing and impressive lasting relief of a couple of hours at least - I'm very happy. Great value for money and high quality packaging with each sweet having it's own wrapper - I like that individual attention to detail.
Sinuses clear, throat very happy - makes Dawn a smiley girl. I can recommend these highly.
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