“ Brand: Jakemans / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu / Sweets „
It's definitely cold and flu season time now. Myself and the kids are actually doing very well considering. But knowing how easy it is to catch the dreaded bugs these days means I always keep an eye on different health products and medicines while doing top up shops in my local supermarkets. I bought these while in Asda recently for 58p for a 100g bag, or they have on on going promotion of 2 bags for £1.00.
Why did I buy these?
Both of my kids started to develop the beginnings of a cold afew weeks ago. Thankfully ( fingers crossed ), their symptoms have only been mild e.g runny slightly bunged up nose, coughs etc. My son who was alittle on the grumpy side afew days ago decided to milk his illness as much as possible, and I promised when I picked him up from school in the afternoon, I would bring him some cough sweets to make him better. These I picked up because they were inexpensive, and I thought he may enjoy the flavour.
What are they?
Tasty hard sweets that are designed to helps ease air ways because of the addition of menthol. Comes in a variety of other flavours.
How are they packaged?
Each sweet is individually wrapped in their own clear plastic wrappers. These in turn are housed in medium sized plastic wrapper, mainly burgundy/dark purple in colour. To open you need to tear the packaging. On the front it states the brand and the product name.
On the back of the packet it tells you what the product is , basic nutritional information, ingredients list, company contact details, sell by date and it mentions these are suitable for vegetarians.
Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Menthol, Natural Flavour, Colour: Anthocyanin
Typical values Per 100g
What are these like?
These look like traditional hard boiled sweets. Good size to them, roughly alittle over an inch in length and purple in colour. When you take the wrapper off, the smell of these isn't that obvious, but as they get closer to your mouth ( and nose ), you can gift a whiff of sweetness to it and fruitiness.
Completely smooth in texture, these are very easy to pop into the mouth and stay there for a good while. The first taste you get is that slight fruitiness to it. It's not as harsh or obvious as a blackcurrant flavoured counterpart or a s berry flavoured and sweet as strawberry, very much an in between taste scentsation. I wouldn't quite describe it as blueberry, but simulating blueberry flavour isn't the easiest as I don't feel they have that much flavour anyway. Not too sweet or sickly either, just the right balance. So, after you get that first fruit type taste, you then have a hint of mint/menthol. This gives the overall taste some depth and makes it stand out more. This isn't the kind of mint that blows your head off. Its subtle and provides coolness.
These can actually last quite awhile because they do have a decent thickness to them. Unlike similar type cough/cold sweets/lozenges out there, these don't have a soft or liquid centre. They are completely hard from the outside to the inside.
I personally love this flavour. It's a little different, especially compared to the other flavours this brand have, and it makes a pleasant change from the usual mint, honey and lemon versions that seem to always be around.
I can't comment for my son on this one, but I've had a few ( or three or four! ) of these and I don't have a cold as such, but with the weather changes I have suffered a slightly congested nose. The menthol element of these means I can slowly feel it working its way at the top of my throat and down to the top of my lungs. When I breathe in through my nose, all of these areas feel fresher and ' cooler ' in a comforting way. This isn't overpowering but slight, and pleasant. I can see these being very good if you have very mild cold type symptoms.
What do I think?
These are tasty and easy to consume sweets. The mix of the menthol and ' blueberry ' flavour is a nice and different combination. In a way too nice, as I do find I treat and eat these like sweets because I find them so moorish. Great size, lasts probably longer in my mouth than other brands because I resist the urge to bite them straight away. You also get a lot of these for the price, so in theory these could last a good amount of time. I've had no complaints from my son about these, and after tasting these myself, I'm happy for him to have afew as they aren't strong in taste and easy enough to eat.
Would I buy these again? Yes I would. Great flavour, easy to eat, cheap and has a mild effect on your airways. Not convinced these would be much use if you had a full on cold, much more suitable if you only had mild symptoms, but they certainly would do no harm.
Jakemans make a lot of different fruit flavoured sweets in their range but the ones we prefer are the Bluberry Menthol ones. I do love personally the taste of menthol and although it can be quite medicinal in its flavour and smell, I nevertheless find it soothing and satisfying.
This 100g bag costs me just 79p and for that I can get about fifteen to eighteen sweets individually wrapped in clear plastic paper which are very easy to unwrap and unwind. These sweet are boiled hard all the way through and they do not have a soft centre such as Soothers for instance, but I actually personally prefer this.
Each sweet allows me to suck it for about ten to fifteen minutes and they really do help me to have a better feeling throat and they help my coughs too. My other half also likes these but she prefers the flavours with no menthol.
The menthol smell can be very easily detected as soon as you open the packet - it is quite a strong smell but this is what I like about these sweets and I do think they are a quality product.
They are a well known and established brand and a name I trust. I keep a packet of these in the car to eat when I drive to and from work and I also really enjoy them just as a sweet and not as a medicinal aid.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Spotted these when someone else reviewed them and it reminded me that I needed to get around to reviewing them! The other week I had a really sore throat and as well as seeming to be quite overpriced, soothers seemed to just not be working! So I had a browse around the aisles of Asda and decided to pick these up.
While most cough sweets seem to come wrapped in paper packets, like what you would expect fruit pastilles and the like to come in, these are different because they come in a bigger plastic packet like you would expect a big bag of sweets to come in, it has a little clear window so that you can see what the sweets look like before you buy them. Then within the bag all the individual sweets are individually wrapped, some people may see this is as excessive packaging but it is really essential as they get totally sticky otherwise! It is in an eye catching purple and blue colour scheme.
The actual sweets are hard boiled like old fashioned sweets! They are a purple-blue colour, representing the flavour and smell of blueberry, but it's not a synthetic, fake smell like some sweets. They did taste really quite nice for what they were and were very fruity, but I think if I didn't have a cold I wouldn't choose to have them as I'd rather have chocolate anyday! However, the main thing is that they did actually work, and after a few of them my throat seemed much clearer! They were about 70p for a bag of 20 from Asda which I thought was very good value, although I've not seen them anywhere else.
Well my cold and blocked up nose has returned with a vengence after a three week haitus and I have always found the Jakemans menthol to be an effective source of short term relief to a sore throat and a blocked nose however the taste is not exactly nice so when I saw what to me is a new flavour I thought I would give them a bash.
They cost 69p for a 100g packet so no different to the standard menthol flavour and the packaging has the same retro feel to it. I must say that in the flavour stakes these are an improvement as the initial hit you get is that of a nice fruity flavour, whether I would actually describe it as blueberry is another matter but it is a pleasant taste all the same however it is not long before the menthol tends to take home and it is as strong as ever.
Most importantly these are still very effective at relieving the symptoms of your cold especially the saliva created by sucking the hard candy sweet which really does soothe your throat pain and dulls down any inflammation. The menthol also helps clear your blocked nose however it is not as effective in this department as it is with dealing with the throat pain. But any relief is more than welcome.
Personally because the fruity flavour was quite nice I'm more likely to select these in the future over the origional flavour and these are a welcome additioon to the range.
I absolutely love Jakemans cough sweets, and have now tried all of the available flavours from the range!!
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 proven 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.
A few weeks back, I decided it was time to give some of the other flavoured sweets from the Jakemans range a try, and the first one I tried was the Honey and Menthol sweets, which I really liked, and so this week I decided to try the Blueberry Menthol Flavour.
They are basically a hard boiled sweet, a deep dark red in colour, and probably just a bit larger in size than a locket or tune. They come in a dark purple plastic bag, and each bag contains 100 grams (approximately 15) of individually wrapped sweets inside it.
Just from opening the bag, there is an instant strong smell of menthol, 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.
I would describe the flavour as mostly cherry, but after a while there is a hint of a different fruit, probably the blueberry which is delicious, and 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 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 or flavour, and they are suitable for vegetarians!
Ingredients include: Sugar, glucose syrup, menthol, natural flavour, colour - Anthocyanin.
Nutritional info - per 100grams (per bag):
97.1 grams carbohydrate
0.3 grams fat
I normally buy these from my local Morrison's supermarket or petrol station for 79p a packet which I think is very reasonable, but I have also paid just over a pound for them from convenience stores and newsagents.
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 do produce 5 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:
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
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2010
I adore anything blueberry flavoured, from blueberry muffins to sitting down with a punnet of actual blueberries and munching them while watching tele. So when I was stocking up on throat sweets and spotted a bag of Jakemans menthol sweets which were flavoured with this gorgeous little berry I decided to treat myself. If treat is the right word for a cold and sore throat remedy!
I'm not sure about them though, and that's a miracle for me because I don't think I've ever come across a blueberry product I didn't like! Mainly it's the fact that the blueberry and menthol flavours don't work too well together, the menthol overpowers the blueberry and although the lozenges remain quite sweet it's easy to lose track of the blueberry.
The sweets are very refreshing and one thing I definitely noticed was the fact that they did seem to clear my stuffy nose a lot better than they actually helped my throat. This was a relief as I can't shift this awful snottiness, but it was the tickly throat I was really trying to combat and the sweets did fail in this respect. These sweets are a lot more sickly than the original Jakemans (black packet) so I found I couldn't eat them one after the other, but that's a good thing as menthol products such as this can have a bit of a laxative effect which isn't good!
You'll get the best relief if you suck the sweets, Mark always crunches sweets within seconds of putting them in his mouth and he commented last night that he might as well be eating plain boiled sweets for all the good they were doing him. As I mentioned, my nose was definitely cleared after sucking the sweets however and as each one will last for around ten minutes this is the best way to make a bag last for as long as possible.
I do think it's a shame that the blueberry flavour didn't come through better, cherry is usually the fruity flavour I will opt for when choosing this type of sweet as I think the overall flavour is more robust so you will be able to taste the fruitiness better. These were a nice change though, and obviously it's the menthol which is doing the business not the blueberry flavouring so the level of flavour isn't too important.
These sweets have apparently been around for some time now, although this is one Jakemans flavour you will most likely only find in larger stores such as Boots and the supermarkets. I know the off licence down the road sells the Jakemans original and also their Honey & Lemon offering, but I haven't seen either these or the cherry flavour in any smaller shops as yet.
I think the best way to enjoy these is to buy a few of the different flavours which Jakemans produce and eat them in a mixed up order, last night I was alternating these blueberry ones with the original Throat & Chest sweets and doing that seemed to make me feel more comfortable overall as they do target different areas.
69p for a 100g bag (approx 12 sweets) from Boots.
As it's the time of year when colds and other pesky winter ailments are commonplace, it was no surprise that I woke up this morning with a bit of a sore throat. Wandering round Boots the chemist I picked up a packet of 'Jakemans Blueberry Menthol' sweets to see if they would help with the problem. To be honest, I wouldn't actually have heard of Jakemans had it not been for the masses of dooyoo reviews that have been written about them this week.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
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As standard, the Jakemans come in a 100g retro-looking packet with fifteen sweets in each one. The packet costs 65p, which I feel is a reasonable price to pay for a product of this nature. Each sweet is of the hard, boiled variety (that's hard AND boiled, rather than 'hard-boiled' like an egg!), and comes individually wrapped in a transparent cellophane wrapper - pretty much essential, as they're rather sticky.
FLAVOUR & EFFECTIVENESS
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The initial taste takes the form of a wave of sweet blueberry - very pleasant, and not in the least bit sickly. The next flavour to arrive is that of menthol, which isn't too strong to be overpowering, but strong enough to clear the nose after a few minutes of sucking. Speaking of sucking, these sweets last a long time in the mouth - I actually did a suck test, and found that with constant sucking, each one lasts for around fifteen minutes - impressive! After just one sweet, my throat did feel soothed, although the soreness was not completely eradicated - still, I was quite impressed. The sweets certainly cleared my nose, and my sinuses felt suitably unblocked after a couple. Compared to the 'Halls Soothers' and 'Lockets' of this world, i'm not going to claim that Jakemans Blueberry Menthol are more effective, as it's just too hard to tell - but what I will say is that I enjoyed the flavour, found them to be quasi-effective, and therefore will probably purchase them again.
The sweets are suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial colours or flavours.
A friend of mine gave me a pack of these in the office after I ran out of my usual menthol sweets and I was starting to feel the effects of a cold coming on, and since I love blueberry muffins etc, I thought these could be really good to try. It is interesting that blueberry is not a common sort of flavour that you tend to find within the menthol lozenge world, and to be honest, I've never actually heard of the blueberry flavour being used in any menthol or medicinal product. So this was going to be a totally new venture on me.
The bag itself costs around the 60 to 70p mark, and is a sort of dark cherry in colour that wouldn't look amiss on any sweetie bag selection stand because it looks like it contains the sort of sweets your kids would ask for rather than containing medicinal lozenges. The labelling is a mixture of red, white and gold with the words 'Blueberry Menthol' across the middle. This is apparently a fairly new product on the market at the moment, so it may be difficult to find at first.
The bag contains 100g of lozenges, which equated to 15 lozenges in the bag, where each lozenge is individually wrapped in clear cellophane. This individual wrapping is a good touch because it means that they won't get stuck together in the bag. Additionally it also means that with a bit of careful unwrapping, you can get the lozenge in your mouth without actually touching it, thereby avoiding any sticky fingers.
The lozenges themselves are much like any other lozenges in that they have a sort of hard coating on the outside. Popping one into your mouth is a sort of mixed experience. The idea is that you suck on one in order to release the menthol vapours. I found that the 'kick' of the menthol was probably not as strong as that from other lozenges that I have used, but it is there and does do the job of clearing any stuffiness or nasal congestion that you may have, and to that effect, I found them to be very good and fairly fast acting.
However, that blueberry flavour does add an interesting twist, in that it makes the taste of the lozenge quite sweet - something that you wouldn't ordinarily expect from a lozenge containing menthol. So you get this sweet blueberry flavour mixed with the soothing vapours of the menthol - a very interesting combination and one which I found to be quite pleasurable.
However, it should be noted that that sweet flavour has been created by the main sweet ingredients - sugar and glucose syrup - which means whilst the menthol may be good for you, too many of the lozenges may not be so.
In summary, these are a new product and an interesting twist on what you would normally expect from a lozenge. But they are good at providing relief to nasal congestion, and that blueberry flavour leaves you with a nice after taste in your mouth.
So a 5 star recommendation for these.
It was a nice surprise to find a blueberry flavour of these lozenges. I had originally thought there were just the original, the lemon and honey, and the cherry flavours. However, I quite like blueberry, so I thought I'd try them out.
Really, there's not much difference here when you compare them to the other lozenges that Jakemans do. They come in a bag as opposed to the tube packaging that similar products such as Lockets or Halls do. I like the fact that they're in a bag, and the lozenges are individually wrapped. You get around 15 in a bag, and it should cost you around the 60p mark.
They're not too dissimilar to Lockets, really. There's an outer shell that is quite hard, and the idea with these is that you should suck them and not bite through to the inside. Sucking allows the menthol element of the lozenge to go to work and clear any blockages. There's also a certain amount of throat soothing here as well, which is something that some of these sweets don't often do. The focus can sometimes be on the blockage clearing with the menthol, and the throat ends up getting overlooked to a certain extent.
Flavour is important here as well. Anything you may need to put in your mouth and effectively 'eat' should hopefully be something you like the taste of, especially if you're going to be having a few of them. I find that the blueberry and the menthol tastes combine very well here, and neither are too overpowering. Blueberry isn't something I'd usually expect to find in a throat lozenge or something that's supposed to clear nasal passages and help you breathe easier. It works here, though, and is very tasty. After a few lozenges, though, it gets a bit sickly, although I'm unsure whether this is the taste or the amount of sugar in them.
These Jakemans are pretty high in sugar content, and they're not something you should have if you need to watch your sugar intake. The majority of sweets/lozenges on the shelves which are designed, like these, to soothe your throat and clear blockages, are effective, and this is no exception. There's an antiseptic element to them which helps clear things up, and overall, even though they're not my favourite of the brand, these Jakemans are something I'd happily recommend. If it was me, I'd opt first of all for the lemon and honey ones, but these are still worth a go.
I am a big fan of Jakemans cough sweets and have even been known to munch a few when I don't have a cold. I love the original black ones but there are different flavours to try including these Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweets. They come in a plastic bag packet rather than a tube and you get about 15 sweets which are individually wrapped. The sweets are larger than Tunes or Halls and generally nicer I think. They have the taste of real old fashioned sweets that you used to buy in the newsagents rather than some of the other medicated cough sweets which can taste a bit artificial at times. This may have something to do with the fact that they are not sugar free, which might be a drawback for some, but certainly makes them taste nicer. I tend to use a lot of sugar free products and I did find these bordering on being too sweet but generally thought they were very nice in terms of taste.
The most important question is do they do anything to help your nose and throat when you are suffering from a bad cold? I found them to be quite effective on this front especially in helping to unblock your nose and airways. They contain menthol and glucose syrup provide some relief to your throat (although not as much as something like Strepsils Extra would as they don't completely numb it). I would say that these sweets are stronger than Tunes and probably nicer (just my opinion) although I did not find them to be as strong as the original Jakemans in the black bag. The extra strength and strong aniseed and liquorice taste of those just edges out these for me but there isn't an awful lot to choose between them.
These sweets cost me 65p and so are actually cheaper than Halls/Tunes and give you more sweets too. I think a packet of these in the house are very handy indeed when you have a cold and good to have lying around with stronger sweets where you can only have one every three hours. When I have a very bad sore throat, which doesn't happen often, I sometimes resort to a dollop of ice-cream in ice-cold lemonade as my preferred manner of easing the soreness and irritation and generally gunky feeling in your mouth/throat but obviously this is no long term solution, especially first thing in the morning! The Jakeman's range of sweets have been a good find for me and I find them as useful to have around to combat a bad cold as Tunes, Lockets and all the other usual suspects.
If you have to do a shopping run for someone stewing at home with a very bad cold then I would definitely recommend popping a bag of these into your basket while you are out.
I like the jakemans cough and cold sweets and I think they work very well. I often buy them as they are cheap but very helpful.
The blueberry menthol jakemans are a bit different as they have a fruity taste with lots of menthol. I think they are better than tunes and similar fruit menthol cough sweets.
When I buy these I get about 15 in a bag and I only pay 60p to 70p a bag for them. I like the old fashioned feel the sweets have and that way they work makes them even better.
I can unwrap one of the lozenge shaped sweets and almost as soon as I have taken it I begin to notice what it can do to help me when I have a cold.
The menthol in jakemans is strong and works fast to help unblock my nose and help me breathe as well as I can when I am full of cold. Every little helps at that time and these are a big help for me.
I like the menthol in the cough sweets and it goes fine with the blueberry taste. I can't think that the blueberry is very apparent as that but you do get a lot of fruityness from these. The menthol is the most important bit for me.
One of the jakemans sweets will last about 5 minutes if you don't chew it up. The trouble is that after a few minutes you want to do that and than they are all gone and you need more menthol to unblock you again.
I think jakemans are one of the best cough and cold sweets I have had and continue to buy the,. I would recommend them as they do work better than soothers, tunes etc.
These seem to be the newest addition to the Jakeman's family. From before I was only familiar with the black, yellow and blue packets, but the red pack caught my eye the other week. These are still in the 100g packet and still 59p or 2 for £1 in Asda. So we got a pack of them to try.
These seem to target Coughs more than any other Cold symptom, but they still help with the other aches and pains.
The sweets seem a little bit smaller than the others in the range, but still a fair size. They are in the larger bag and individually wrapped and I would say you get about 18 in the bag.
These have a nicer taste than the others in the range. They taste a nice sweet blueberry taste and there is a menthol tang to these as well. They do taste pretty medicine like, but nicer than a lot of the sweets out there. They are sweet but don't taste fake or sugary sweet, it's more like a natural sweetness, but probably it won't be since these are hard boiled sweets and will be full of Sugars.
Just pop 1 in your mouth and suck away until this has gone. This takes the usual 10-15 minutes like the others in the range, and I find that while sucking this one it soothes your throat and after a few of these I find that your cough isn't as sore anymore.
Another great sweet from the Jakemans range.
Having been under the influence of a summer cold recently I feel more than able to share my thoughts with you about Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweets.
Being rather a fan of the Jakemans menthol based gems of the cough sweet world, I wanted to tell you about the Blueberry Menthol variety which are something a little different than your usual honey and lemon or menthol and eucalyptus varieties.
These Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweets are listed as being new in some stores, so that may explain why they were not listed here when I wanted to review them. They are an interesting slightly fruity yet gorgeously menthol flavoured blend and one that you might want to consider if you are adverse to other regular flavours.
They come in an enticingly bright cherry coloured bag which is in the distinctive style of the other Jakemans cough sweets. This makes them easy to spot if you are looking out for them in store. Each Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweet is individually wrapped in a semi clear wrapper, which means you can open the bag and the rest of the cough sweets will remain fresh for sometime afterwards.
Although the Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweets are a newer addition, the company have been making their menthol based cough soother sweets for a long time, since 1907 in fact. The cough sweets contain a mix of sugar and glucose syrup which then has menthol added, along with natural blueberry flavourings and a food colouring.
Comparing the Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweets to the menthol ones in the black bag, these do not seem as strong to me. They are much sweeter to taste and in a way almost reminiscent of the fruity 'Soothers' outside solid shell, mixed with a blueberry twist and a much deeper stronger shot of menthol vapours.
As with the other Jakemans cough sweets, I find that once you pop one of these into your mouth, the soothing and air way opening effect of the menthol begins to work its magic. The menthol in the cough sweets does work well and eases stuffiness whilst unblocking a blocked nose and sinus.
They don't seem to work quite as well as the Jakemans standard Chest and Cough sweets in the black bag, but they do still give a very good soothing effect. I have found them at times a little too sweet for my liking. But I have had several of the Jakemans range on the go, so have been able to alternate them as and when I wanted to.
The cough sweets come in a 100g bag and within that you get at least 10 to 15 sweets. Prices range from 61p to 69p and this works out at less than your usual tube of Halls or Tunes as you get more cough sweets per pack.
These are not sugar free and so each sweet can be 30 to 33 calories each. So the calorie conscious amongst you, or those who cannot tolerate too much sugar, may need to choose another type of product instead. On the whole these worked well at easing congestion and I liked them.
I was rather enticed by the scrummy looking pack and the cherry red sweets within. They didn't disappoint, but they were rather sweeter than my usual taste would be. In terms of rating these, I feel that they are better than many brands of cough sweets, so they get a 4 star rating, losing 1 star for being a little too sweet.