Product Type: Jakemans Coughs, Colds & Flus
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Jakemans Cherry Menthol Sweets
Member Name: jo1976
Jakemans Cherry Menthol Sweets
Date: 04/06/13, updated on 20/11/13 (97 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, pleasant tasting, soothing, long lasting
Disadvantages: Non medicated so need to use in conjunction with other treatments
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.
Summary: A soothing menthol sweet
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