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I've felt pretty rough for the last few days. Not only have I been dealing with two of my children having a sickness bug but I've also been suffering with a nasty Summer cold that I just can't seem to shift. Whilst rummaging around the back of my medicine shelf for something to help with my cold, I came across half a packet of Jakemans Cherry Menthol 'sweets' which seemed ideal.
Although the Jakemans brand has been established since 1907, as the packet cheerfully informs me, I'd never actually heard of this product before reading various positive reviews on Dooyoo over the past couple of years. This certainly isn't a range that is particularly well advertised or promoted and I only found them for sale when I was consciously searching for them, following a tip off that Home Bargains sold Jakemans sweets cheaply. I did indeed find these in Home Bargains but they are also sold in most major supermarkets (Sainsburys, Asda and Tesco) for around 55p for a 100g packet.
I do like the knowledge, made clear by the simple but traditional packaging, that this is a brand with a strong British heritage, based in Boston, Lincolnshire. I also like the clearly printed reassurances that these don't contain any artificial colours or flavours and are also suitable for vegetarians.
I actually bought this packet last year but, fortunately, the sweets have a fairly generous shelf life of around two years so these are a handy item to keep in stock ready for cold and flu emergencies. Each sweet is individually wrapped and are pretty much like any standard boiled sweet, bringing back memories of my Mum packing 'something for the journey.' The key difference is that these have added menthol which can act as a mild method of numbing sore throats and as a decongestant. The addition of a cherry flavouring helps to disguise the menthol, which can sometimes be a little overpowering. At the moment, I have no sense of smell due to my blocked nose and this has obviously affected my taste which means I can't actually taste the cherry flavour at all. I can merely sense a pleasant natural sweetness. This is a little disappointing as I chose this particular variety amongst the others in the range (blueberry, blackcurrant, honey and lemon and menthol and eucalyptus) as cherry is one of my favourite flavours.
Clearly as these are menthol sweets, most people using them will also be thick in the throes of a cold so won't benefit from the pleasant cherry flavour. I'm actually looking forward to my cold clearing just so I get the benefit of the taste. The menthol is still clearly apparent, even with my heavy cold, as it leaves a distinctive warming sensation in the back of my mouth and does help to soothe my throat slightly as I find the sensation of sucking these hard boiled sweets pretty relaxing and calming. I find that each sweet takes up to 20 minutes to suck so this is a fairly economical method of soothing my throat, especially as there are no artificial sweeteners so I don't need to worry about any unpleasant laxative side effects if I over-indulge!
Sadly, the decongestant effects are pretty limited with the sweets making no difference to my stuffy blocked nose whatsoever. To be fair to the Jakemans brand, the packaging doesn't make any great claims about the healing or curative qualities of these sweets beyond describing them as 'soothing sweets'. These aren't medicated aside from the addition of menthol so their restorative abilities are likely to be limited.
I do like these sweets, even though I'm not currently able to experience the full benefit of the cherry flavour and will buy them again as they are an inexpensive option, certainly in comparison to some of the more heavily promoted brands of cough sweets and lozenges. I find them soothing and relaxing but their effects are limited to that so really need to be used in conjunction with other treatments to adequately treat and soothe a cold.
Well since my last Jakemans review my upper respiratory infection decided to travel down into my lungs and infect me senseless! I haven't felt this bad in over a year but with this hacking cough my back, lungs, throat and well my entire body just hurts. After the episode of poorly belly syndrome acquired from some medicine occurred I thought I would try an alternative cherry based therapy.
I love Jakemans as they are cheap (79p a bag, 100g in Home Bargains) and they come from a local company being made in Boston. I like supporting the local companys and they are advertised as being established in 1907 so there is some trust added to a company being in business for 105 years.
The sweets come in a red pack (other varieties come in other coloured packs) with Jakemans at the top in large white letters, a boarder with the throat & chest logo in the centre and a small window to see the sweets through. The sweets are free from artificial colours or flavours.
The back of the pack is red and white and provides nutritional information, per 100g of sweets there are 392kcal; I doubt you'd eat a whole bag in one day though! The ingredients made up of glucose, menthol crystals and other natural flavourings and derivatives plus company information. I think as these are cherry flavoured and not the strongest of the cough preventing family they have more sugars so have more calories; however, I do not care at the moment and am indulging more in comfort!
The sweets are individually wrapped in clear plastic with some writing in white. When I opened the bag I couldn't smell anything which was a little disappointing, I thought I would be able to smell the menthol, or at least a hint of cherry. I unwrapped one and popped it in my mouth, the sweet felt cooling in my mouth and did coat my throat to hold off a cough for a little while.
The shape of the sweet reminded me of a Wether's Original being quite thick and an oval shape with a little circle in the middle.
The sweet's flavour is not particularly strong which may make them more suitable for a wider audience. At first I thought I would hate them as they are cherry and I really don't like Halls etc but these are a subtle menthol and cherry and taste more like actual sweets than the medicinal type.
They lift mucus and help to soothe the throat so ideal for anyone struggling with a tiresome cough bothering their sleep or lectures! Why do coughs pop up at the most inconvenient time anyway?
The sweets are a light pink and slightly transparent so do not look to be full of horrible additives, plus my lips and tongue didn't turn red which is a bonus.
Highly recommended fast acting but cheap sweets to soothe coughs, sore throats and colds. The bag lasts me about a week as I don't often eat boiled sweets anyway as they make my mouth feel fuzzy.
From time to time I often get a sore throat and with the weather all cold (not showing any signs of improvement!) and grey being a bit under the weather is much more frequent. When sitting at my desk at work, having a small lozenge to pop into my mouth not only entertains me but also helps me feel better so Jakeman's are ideal!
Jakeman's throat lozenges are menthol based boiled sweets which are lovely to suck on and are great for really clearing my airways and unblocking my nose. They are small, red and circular and come individually wrapped in plastic wrapping so means they are easy to grab a handful to throw in my bag and I always have some to hand to help me feel better.
They have a strong cherry flavour, which isn't too sweet or artificial so these are refreshing. The menthol ingredient isn't overbearing but has just enough to help my nose. I can feel it working more when I suck on these for long periods of times but as soon as I get crunching the menthol flavour disappears! As these taste a lot more like a sweet to me which means I can enjoy them and not feel like I am taking medicine in any way!
If I am at home or out and about and have a sore throat or feeling a bit bunged up, these are an ideal option to help me through. They are a throat lozenge but taste a lot more like a sweet to me which means I can enjoy them and not feel like I am taking medicine in any way! These are also sugar free which helps to makes these sweets just that little bit healthier so means I can also eat them guilt free. These are also suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial colours or flavours so really natural and a healthier option I guess!
A bag of these is 100g in my size bag, and I grabbed a bag in my local chemist for a reasonable 70p. I had seen them before for about £1 a bag which seemed a bit pricey to me, but there is a fair amount in the bag, and a tube of halls soothers/tunes lozenges costs about the same price as 70p anyway so for this value I couldn't complain.
Overall these are nice, and are enjoyable to suck on and eat and offer some good relief for sore throats and blocked noses. Whilst they aren't the best for clearing a nasal passage (I'd rather stick with the Olbas Oil Inhaler) these are a good product and the cherry taste is nice enough and these are enjoyable to suck so I'd recommend them.
I've been feeling a bit run down this week, and with my wedding just over two weeks away, the last thing I wanted was to be struck down with a cold! I panicked a little, and went to stock up on random health products in the hope I would fight off any illness before it arrived. One thing I'd noticed was that my throat was feeling a bit scratchy in the mornings, and as I suffer a lot with throat and chest infections, I decided to get some lozenges. I was also feeling a bit "nasal", so was looking for something menthol too.
Unfortunately, the choice in Morrisons wasn't great, so I opted for these sweets which I've never tried before. I chose them because I thought they'd kill two birds with one stone by providing the menthol vapours I needed whilst soothing my throat. A 100g bag cost around £0.75 which is good value compared to other similar products.
I've never tried anything by Jakemans before, although I have heard of the brand. Apparently they specialise in "menthol based confectionery". They claim the sweets only contain the finest ingredients, have no artificial colours, and are carefully blended with menthol to provide a soothing vapour action. The fact they were cherry flavoured drew me to them, because I love cherry flavoured sweets, but they are available in various flavours including honey and lemon, and blackcurrant.
The sweets come in a bag, and are individually wrapped. I must admit, the bag was a bit on the big side so it wasn't overly convenient to carry around for when I needed a sweet. I ended up leaving them in my drawer in work and just taking a couple home with me each night.
The sweets themselves are hard boiled, and I wasn't sure whether to expect a soft centre but they're solid all the way through. They are quite sweet, but not overly sweet, and the taste of cherries is noticeable, although slightly masked by the menthol taste. I noticed as soon as I started sucking this sweet, I was aware of the menthol powers, and felt I could breathe more easily straight away. I took a deep intake of breath and could feel it at the back of my throat, the sweet had definitely cleared my airways.
The only downside to this, as with most lozenges, is that they're not overly convenient if you need to speak to people a lot during your average day. It takes around ten minutes to suck your way through one of these, so I only tend to have them when I know I can suck them in peace. It's very annoying when you pop a sweet like this into your mouth and your phone rings with a customer on the other end. Other than that, I would definitely recommend these sweets. I noticed a difference as soon as I started taking them, and between these and other bits and bobs I've been taking, I'm feeling much better already. Fingers crossed I'm not going to be coughing and spluttering on my wedding day!
**These sweets are suitable for vegetarians**
(This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
ONCE TASTED THEY WILL BE YOUR FAVOURITE SOOTHING SWEET - is what it states in big bold letters on the bag of my bag of Jakemans Cherry Menthol sweets, and I think they have that statement spot on!
I bought a packet of these Jakemans Cherry Menthol soothing sweets from local chemists last week, mainly because I felt that my throat was feeling a little bit sore, and also because I love the whole range of Jakemans sweets to suck on regardless of the condition of my throat.
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.
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.
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 Cherry Menthol soothing sweets are basically a hard boiled sweet, which are a nice deep red in colour, and probably just a bit larger in size than a locket or tune. They come in a bright red 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 equates to about 16 in total, and each one is wrapped up in a clear plastic wrapper which keeps the sweet in top condition.
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.
I would describe the flavour quite simply as a strong and sweet pure cherry flavour 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 in the background which adds to the flavour, and gives it a real feel of a sweet, as opposed to a purely medicinal product. 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 and fruity after the sweet has fully dissolved. These Cherry Menthol sweets are definitely a lot more like a sweet in terms of flavour when compared to the likes of tunes or Halls soothers, as there is not really any hint of that horrible medicinal taste when sucking the sweet, just a a lovely juicy cherry flavour.
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 are suitable for vegetarians!
The price of these bags of Jakemans cough sweets varies a huge amount depending on where you buy them from, for example I often pay around 70p a bag from my local Morrison's supermarket, but I paid 89p for this bag from my chemists, and I have paid as much as £1:40 for them in the past, so if I see them on offer, I tend to grab a few bags.
I find the Jakemans sweets 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. Due to the range of flavours available, it is difficult to get bored of these sweets, as it is easy to swap flavours every time depending on availability in the shops.
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
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 even managed to buy a packet of the original throat and chest cough sweets from a bar at a theatre a few weeks ago!
Nutritional info is as follows:
(per 100g bag)
97.2 g Carbohydrate
0.3 g Fat
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
At the moment I am suffering with a really sore throat. Not just becuase I have a cold but also because I suffer with hypothyroidism and I have an eating disorder which leads to dehydration for which I drink rehydration drinks from my Doctor for.
Knowing I yet again have the snivvels and am sat here with a matching coldsore to each side of my lips as well as a foggy head and a temperature, whilst I was still able to I popped into Asda last night to get a few things to try and aliviate my symptoms slightly.
I have had Jakemans menthol sweets before though had never tried the cherry flavour before so when I spotted a bag of the cherry menthols at 65p a bag (or any two flavours of Jakemans menthol sweets) at 2 bags for a pound this was one of my choices.
The menthol sweets come in little see-through plastic and white wrappers which are twisted to each end and they peel off with ease and on those wrappers we are told what they are on them. The outer bag they come in is a dark red and see-through plastic 'pull to open' bag and on the front of it we are told in white writing that they are Jakesmans 'Boston England' Cherry Menthols, Soothing Menthol Sweets 'A delicious tasting menthol sweet made with only the finest ingredients'. On the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients being given (these are suitable for Vegetarians by the way), the weight is stated which in this case is 100g in my size bag, there is a nutritional chart shown and contact detasils for Jakemans are given. Nice enough slightly old fashioned packaging this is but it is nice enough and of course informative as it needs to be.
The Menthol Sweets:
These are quite large berry coloured oval thick sweets that are transparent and smooth. They melt in the mouth slowly giving off a natural sweet flavour of cherry with a hit of strong menthol which helps to clear a blocked nose and the sweet trickle of liquid does soothe the throat slightly.
Sucking them, they will melt in about 10 minutes fully and they taste great, nice and sweet, crunch them up and the menthol they contain can take your breath away slightly and be a little too overpowering and they really are hard on the teeth to try and crunch.
These are so so and to be honest not my favourite Jakemans offering of menthol sweets as the flavour of the menthol is stronger than the taste of cherries and although they soothe and unblock the nasal passages slightly, not significantly so and really they are just a menthol and cherry tasting sweet that is pleasant enough.
Available in all good chemists and supermarkets.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Some time ago I read a review of Jakemans Blueberry Menthol Sweets and wanted to give them a try. Sadly when I went to the supermarket there were no Blueberry available, but all was not lost because there were some Cherry ones (normally my favourite cough drop flavour).
These sweets come in a lovely deep red bag with white lettering. There were 15 individually wrapped sweets in my 100g bag. I found the sweets stuck slightly to their clear plastic wrappers, but not too badly. The sweets are hard cylindrical ovals roughly 3cm long, 1.5cm wide and 1cm high. They are red and slightly sticky to the touch. They smell sweet, but not particularly of cherries.
When I put one in my mouth the first thing I taste is the sweet cherry candy flavour which is very pleasant. They are sweet, but not overly so. After a few seconds the menthol flavour comes through and continues to build. Soon the bitterness of the menthol dominates the flavour. You can still detect the cherry sweetness, but it is in the background. The first time I tried these, I didn't like them much. I'll admit I'm a bit of a wimp on nasty tasting medicine. I prefer the menthol to be a bit more subtle. However, I soon adapted to the flavour and now like them quite a lot. However, I'm not sure most children could be convinced to use these. The menthol does certainly help clear your airways (both nose and throat) and sooth a sore throat. I find them particularly good at combating the rough sandpaper throat I often get as I'm started to get a bit better.
The shape of the sweet is quite comfortable in my mouth. It wears down very smoothly and at no point do the sweets develop sharp edges (as I find Halls, Lockets, and Ricola are prone to do). They last a nice long time (about 20 minutes).
I bought my bag of Jakemans Cherry Menthol Sweets for 56p from Tesco. I have also seen them on offer there for 2 for £1. They are also available at places like Sainsbury's, Asda, Superdrug and Boots.
All in all I'm very pleased with Jakeman's Cherry Menthol Sweets. They taste reasonably nice and work well. They are also quite affordable.
I will also be posting this review on Ciao.
~Soothing Cherry Menthol~
Amongst my favorite brands of soothing throat sweets are those that have been produced under the Jakemans brand which I came across by chance some time ago in a well known chemist store and have bought regularly since then in their many forms and flavours. When wanting to review the range here none of them were listed here on Dooyoo so product suggestions were made for the traditional (black coloured bag), blueberry (wine coloured bag), honey (bright yellow bag) eucalyptus (blue coloured bag) and finally these cherry flavoured throat sweets which come packed into a bright red coloured bag. Having reviewed 3 of the flavours so far, I am now able to share my thoughts about these cherry flavoured sweets which I feel work rather well.
Jakemans say that these soothing sweets are made using 'only the finest ingredients' to make up sweets that are 'carefully blended with menthol' to provide a 'unique mouthwatering and refreshing taste'. This is something that I would certainly agree with as I feel these are a well made quality product that works well, with a consistently good taste and an equally good amount of soothing menthol in each sweet. I would say that the only real down side to taking a number of these is that they do contain a certain amount of sugar that means there is an increased calorie intake with each extra sweet you take. The sugar content may also mean certain people are unable to take these and may need to source sugar free sweets which are not available from Jakemans at this time.
The bag that the sweets come in is made from a light and easy to transport plastic material which has a cherry red theme to it in keeping with the cherry menthol sweets contained within it. There is a small viewing window on the front of the bag that allows you to see what you are getting before you buy. The text shown on the bag is kept to a minimum with there being a simple design used, that shows what you are buying and you can instantly see these are sold as being 'soothing menthol sweets'.
The product has been made by Jakemans, of Boston, England, who first opened for business back in 1907. The company specialize in in a range of 5 different menthol based cough sweets including these ones, which are stocked in many well known chemist stores. You can read a small amount of information about the sweets on the back of the pack, which also shows the calories per 100gs as being 392 kcals (ouch!) which works out as roughly 30 calories per single throat sweet as you get between 14 to 16 sweets per 100g pack. The ingredients used in the sweets are listed on the pack in an easy to read format, as is the expiry date of the sweets which is useful if buying a few packs to keep in your medicine cabinet. Each little sweet is packed well in a clear wrapper to keep it fresh, which reveals a nice sized clear cherry lozenge shaped sweet that looks inviting and easy to take once unwrapped.
~Ease of use~
When wanting to take one of the sweets it is easy to pull the top part of the bag open to reveal the contents within. You can still keep the bag to store your menthol sweets in once opened, as even though it has been opened each sweet comes wrapped on its own and I find that they will remain fresh and non sticky even when the bag has been open for a number of weeks. I find these cherry menthol sweets are very easy to take out and about when needed as they are neatly wrapped in individual clear plastic wrappers which means you don't need to take the whole bag with you all the time.
Just popping 2 or 3 cherry menthol sweets into your pocket when away from home for a short time whilst suffering from a cold, cough, sore throat or any form of light breathing issue, will enable you to have an instant supply of soothing menthol based sweets on tap should they be required. The shape of these sweets has been changed from their previous old fashioned traditional cough sweet shape to a more fluid and smooth modern lozenge shape which I feel works well now I am used to it. There are no rough edges to these sweets which might catch on a sore throat and make it feel worse, which I feel is good as there is nothing worse than catching your sore tongue or throat on a cough or throat sweet when feeling unwell.
The taste of these sweets has a strong sweet yet not overly so, cherry menthol flavour that is better than the taste of many well known rival brands in my opinion. I rather like the fresh cherry menthol taste and menthol scent that comes from these when they are in use, as it lasts for some time working little by little to unblock cold filled noses, soothe sore throats and help with many general chesty coughs. With each sweet lasting up to 10 minutes or so if you can avoid crunching it up I feel these sweets are very long lasting when in use making them a very useful soothing throat sweet.
~Do they work?~
Having bought and used all of the varieties available, I feel that each has its own benefits and I like the way that there is a flavour to suit most tastes or moods that can help to ease a chesty cough, soothe a sore throat and generally open the air ways to help you breathe easier when struggling with coughs and colds. I have found that these cherry menthol throat sweets are pleasant and easy to use when needed, with them being able to help clear a blocked nose when suffering from a cold due to their substantial menthol content.
I have found that these work slightly better than the blueberry variety made by Jakemans although they are slightly less effective than the original variety. When I have used these I can feel them help to open my airways within a few minutes and there is always a definite clearing of a blocked nose if I have one. As regards to them soothing a sore throat, I feel they work well to ensure that dry cracked throats feel a little better than before, although this does wear off over time. This means that you will need to pop in another cherry menthol sweet after a while to top up that nice soothed feeling these give you.
~Price and rating~
The cost of a 100g bag of these sweets can vary slightly although I have found they most often sell for between 61p to 66p per pack. Larger supermarkets often seem to have these on promotional deals such as 2 bags for £1 which I feel is excellent value for the amount of sweets you get from 2 full bags. I most often have at least 2 packs of Jakemans sweets in my medicine cupboard at any one time as I am rather partial to them even when I don't have a cold, as I really like the refreshing clearing effect they give off. I can certainly agree with the producers of these Jakemans cherry menthol sweets when they say 'Once tasted these will be your favorite soothing sweet' as they are amongst my own favorites. Over all I would say that the cherry menthol variety made by Jakemans work better than many other cherry flavoured menthol sweets do, so I am going to award these a full 5 star product rating.
Jakeman's Cherry menthol Sweets:Carefully blended with menthol to provide a soothing vapour action Made with only the finest ingredients Suitable for vegetarians Contains no artificial coloursJakeman's: Jakemans is an independent, privately owned company specialising in the manufacture and distribution of quality, menthol based confectionery. It was established in 1907 and has been operating in the Boston, Lincolnshire area since that date. Today Jakemans is one of the fastest growing brands in the functional confectionery sector.