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      20.01.2014 20:29
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      A nice cough sweets

      Over christmas and new year I had a particularly nasty cold, when I'm ill I like to take as much medicine as I can without overdosing. These Jakeman Honey and Lemon menthol cough sweets are one of my favourites. This is because for me they work, and as a bonus I like the taste.

      **The cough sweets**
      Jakemans cough sweets come in several flavours these days, my favourite is the honey and lemon menthol. These come in a bright yellow bag, with the sweets themselves being individually wrapped and yellow.

      The taste is a fresh sweet lemon and honey flavour, which is slightly zingy on the back of your throat. These are hard boiled so can be sucked to help soothe your throat for longer. I find if sucked they last over 10 minutes, and after my mouth is still left with a fresh slightly sweet taste, and I can breathe a little easier.

      **Do they help?**
      Well these are just soothing sweets with menthol, it is the menthol which does most of the hard work, as it is has some anesthetic properties. The honey and lemon are also soothing. I don't think these should be compared with stronger cough sweets though as these just soothe your throat for a short time.

      Saying that I do find these help, I mostly use them to combat a dry throat or a cough, and I find then effective at this. I have used them for sore throats in the past and they are ok, but they don't make it better, at least not mine. The effects of these sweets are also quite short term.

      **So would I recommend these?**
      Yes if like me you just want something to soothe your throat and help you feel a bit better then these are great. As I have said I love the taste, and for me they do help.

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        18.01.2014 13:27
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        They do the job

        It seems to be an endless round of colds in our house, I've got one now. I'd bought a few bags of Jakemans cough sweets a while ago from Poundland. They sell 3 100g bags for £2, I thought that must be a good deal however they're only 60p per 100g in Tesco anyway......

        The sweets come in a rubbish yellow bag that has ripped right open, so they're falling out at the moment. It says 'Jakemans est 1907, Honey and Lemon Menthol soothing menthol sweets', says 'they're delicious made only with the finest ingredients'. Top of the list is sugar followed by glucose syrup, honey, lactic acid, acidity regulator, menthol crystals, natural lemon oil, natural flavourings, colour (carotene)- sounds natural enough. They're suitable for vegetarians too.

        The sweets are individually wrapped- they look like boiled sweets. They're big around an inch long oval, I find them too big to suck comfortably.

        I can't see on the bag what ailment they're for but I'll presume a sore throat as they state 'soothing' which honey, lemon and menthol are associated with, also to open airways and unblock a blocked nose which menthol does.

        Do they work?

        They smell and taste of honey, lemon and menthol. After a few sucks the cold feeling menthol vapour is released unblocking a nose and ease a bad chest. They do unblock my nose, help my chest breathe easier which gives some cough relief and clear my head somewhat. The added honey and lemon help with a sore throat. I suppose it takes about 20 minutes to suck one down and the effects seem to last a couple of hours.

        So they do work but I'm not keen on them, they're too big a funny shape to suck on. The taste of honey is too strong for me as I don't like it, the menthol however is about right. I much prefer Jakeman's menthol mini's they're less than half the size of these and just as effective. I might whack one with a hammer and eat it in bits....

        I would recommend them for cold relief, but personally I will stick to mini's.

        4 stars

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        11.11.2013 16:45
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        A pleasant tasting and low cost remedy for sore throats

        My parents have long since sworn by Jakeman's menthol sweets if they ever have a cough or sore throat. I however once tried the variety that comes in a black bag and I thought that they were vile and nothing could persuade me to try any others. Then with my recent cold, I was suffering from a bad throat and my mum handed me a yellow sweet to soothe it without telling me the brand. It was fantastically soothing so when she told me it was a honey and lemon Jakeman's I had to take back all the nasty things I had thought about them!


        HELPING WITH MY SORE THROAT

        The Jakeman's sweets are not classed as a medicine so there isn't a recommended maximum number you can have in a day which is what makes them so useful for me. I have previously tried over the counter lozenges targeted at bad sore throats and while they I have found that they usually work well for a short time, it may be many hours before you can safely take another dose, leaving you in the lurch in the mean time. I am able to take another Jakeman's straight after finishing the last but they have usually been so effective that this isn't even necessary. The makers call them simply soothing rather than make any specific health claims, but they have proved more effective than other throat lozenges and cough sweets nevertheless. When my throat was at it worst, a Jakeman's reduced the ache to almost nothing within a few minutes which astounded me. They are like hard boiled sweets, and so last a long time if you suck them slowly. These aren't the sort of sweets I want to crunch anyway, which is rare for me. The gentle soothing effect doesn't wear off as soon as the sweet has been finished either. It was realistic for me to need one just every few hours. This makes the bag of about 15 sweets fantastic value considering the fact I paid 59p for it in Superdrug.


        THE COUGH

        I use the Jakeman's sweets at the end of my cold to help with a dry cough and I also found them remarkably soothing then. They didn't kill it completely, but when a coughing fit keep keeping me wide awake, I sucked one and it made enough difference to allow me to settle back down to sleep as I was coughing less often. I would have used it more often but I didn't want to fall asleep with a sweet in my mouth! I don't think the sweets made my cough go away as a whole but they definitely made it more bearable while it was here. The effects were less long lasting than when used to help my sore throat but the sweets performed better than a cough mixture my boyfriend forced on me which frankly didn't work at all which is my general experience with such things.


        TASTE

        Jakeman's say that they use only the finest ingredients in the sweets, and they do taste good for such a thing. Sugar is the main ingredient but they don't seem too sweet to me. I can taste the honey and the lemon, but the menthol most of all. It isn't overpowering but it does mean that anything I eat or drink after having sucked tastes a bit different from normal. I can put up with that as I always loose my appetite when I have a cold anyway. It also means the sweets have that classic cough sweet smell - not unpleasant to me, just distinctive. Most cough and throat lozenges make me feel distinctly nauseous if I eat even one - Tunes, Halls, Strepsils all make my stomach turn over. I was expecting the same from Jakeman's after eating more than one but they haven't had that effect at all.

        The menthol also means my mouth feels nice and cool when I breathe in, which contributes to a less stuffy feeling. This doesn't last that long after the sweet but it is nice while it does.


        WOULD I RECOMMEND THESE?

        I definitely would. They have been the best way of soothing a sore throat on the go that I have yet come across, and aren't bad at doing the same for a niggling cough. The fact that you can use several a day if you need to and you also use actual medicine for other symptoms alongside is a bonus. I do like making up honey and lemon drinks when I have a cold, but whilst I find them soothing in the short term to some extent, they are not as effective as the Jakeman's honey and lemon menthol sweets for me in general. The only downside to Jakeman's is the bag they come in isn't quite as convenient as a tube would be but that is such a small thing, I would still definitely recommend the honey and lemon variety - even if like me you have tried the other menthol ones and not liked the taste.

        Available at Boots, Superdrug and most chemists I have found.

        Suitable for vegetarians.

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          03.08.2013 21:10
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          Still cannot decide if these are a cough sweet or not

          I have always debated whether or not Jakemans Honey and Lemon Menthol Lozenges are meant to be sweets or sore throat tablets. I still cannot decide. I actually eat them because I like the taste and though they are relatively expensive when compared to 'normal' sweets, they are really rather tasty. I love the lemon and honey combination and whilst these do taste delicious, in my opinion, just as a 'sweet' they are also really rather useful for whenever I have a mild to moderate sore throat.

          I say 'mild' because if I ever have a really raging sore throat or cough and cold symptoms, then Jakemans Honey and Lemon sweets are no good at all for me and won't hit the spot, despite their claim to containing menthol as one of the active ingredients. They are mild tasting, in my opinion, and the level of menthol in these individually wrapped little sweets is really rather minimal and certainly not strong enough to be able to ease my sore throat symptoms if it's really bad. I still like to suck them, however, because they are really tasty and there also doesn't seem to be any 'limit' on the packaging of these sweets to indicate that I can only suck one every four hours. I eat them as I please and I nearly always have a packet of these in my car.

          They are suitable for vegetarians, not too sweet and great if you can make them last longer by sucking all the way down to a thin little strip, rather than being tempted to chew too quickly, as I often do. I love the fact that they are wrapped up individually as I always think that this makes them last so much longer as well as preventing them from sticking together and becoming a mess in the packet.

          Great tasting menthol sweets with the perfect balance of lemon and honey - highly recommended at only £1 a bag from Home Bargains.

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            26.06.2013 21:58
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            A pleasant tasting throat sweet for dealing with mild symptons.

            I'm reviewing Jakemans Honey And Lemon Menthol sweets.
            They come in bright yellow packets and are available in most chemists and supermarkets.
            They claim to be "suitable for vegetarians".
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            ***WHY I BOUGHT THESE***
            I had a bit of a cold a few weeks ago and while it cleared up reasonably quickly and wasn't too disruptive for me, it DID seem to linger in my throat in the form of mild pain and discomfort so I picked these up to see if they helped rather than resort to medications.

            ***USING and MY OPINION***

            The packaging on these is very striking.......and it IS a packet, not a roll/tube . The packet is bright yellow (as befits the honey and lemon content) cellophane and the sweets inside are individually wrapped in clear cellophane. This individual wrapping is my preference for these kind of things ,because it helps maintain freshness in an opened bag. It also stops sweets sticking together in the packet. The individual wrapping also has "Jakemans" on it ,which means that if any 'escape' and are found in a drawer or bag then there is no doubt what precisely they are.
            There are roughly 14 sweets in the packet.
            I read the back of these carefully because I know lots of these throat sweets must be limited ,especially if one is on medication of any kind. But there is no warning in that regard ,so they must be safe to use as often as you choose.

            I don't like listing ingredients as it looks like padding,but with things like this I think it necessary, so briefly...... Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Honey, Lactic acid:Acidity Regulator(sodium lactate), Menthol Crystals, Natural lemon Oil, Natural Flavouring, Colour (Carotenes).

            I sucked a couple of these every hour and found that they did indeed ease my sore throat temporarily. Thankfully I am a sucker rather than a chewer and that's the best way to use these kind of things.....that way you get the gradual slow effect on the throat .
            The Lemon is evident and so is the honey and both these ingredients are age-old natural healing remedies for ailing throats and general cold symptoms. The Menthol is of course the most over-riding flavour though, and it helps numb the pain and give temporary ease. So the combination of ingredients is excellent.

            They are very pleasant to use and while I found they did what I required of them I can't help thinking their mild formula may not make them very effective on severe throat problems . Thankfully I've not needed to test that as yet, but in reality if there is no limit on using them (in the way other cough/throat sweets have) then they are very mild indeed re content.

            I bought these in Poundland where they cost just 50p (two for £1 to be precise) which is a bargain because they usually cost £1 + in Chemists and Supermarkets .

            So would I recommend ? Yes, because the ingredients are safe and while they won't be a miracle cure they should give temporary relief.
            I was going to remove a star due to their mild formula,but that would be unfair because they are clearly sold as a sweet and not a medicinal lozenge .So the star stays.

            Thank you for reading.~~~myloh.

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            10.05.2013 14:30
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            A very impressive throat sweet that I will keep in stock

            **Introduction and reason for purchase**
            I've been really quite unwell over the past few weeks, firstly with a water infection that went into my kidneys swiftly followed by a horrendous bout of tonsillitis and and ear infection and it's fair to say I've felt really lousy. Luckily after my first trip to the doctors the antibiotics I was given for my kidney infection started to do their job and clear it up. The same day I'd visited the doctors though I noticed I was starting with a sore throat which I put down to just being run down, but after day 7 of burning ear pain and feeling like I'd swallowed broken glass I had to return to the doctors again and was given a two week course of penicillin. I was informed to do the usual like drink plenty of fluids, take painkillers accordingly etc, and whilst I was somewhat comforted that the antibiotics would start to work I needed something there and then to ease my painful throat. My husband called at the chemist on his way home from work to stock up on some more pain killers for me and he also returned with a plethora of throat sweets to help. My review will discuss the ones I'm currently working my way through now which are Jakemans Honey & Lemon.


            **What are they?**
            According to the blurb on the back of the packet these are "..sweets that are made with only the finest ingredients, carefully blended with menthol to obtain a unique mouthwatering and refreshing taste. Once tasted they will become your favourite soothing sweet.."

            The sweets are available in the following flavours:
            Honey & Lemon
            Throat & Chest (black)
            Cherry
            Blackcurrent

            **Price, packaging & availability**
            My husband bought these from an independent chemist and said they cost "around £1" for a bag, which I thought were expensive as I've seen these in Superdrug and Poundstretcher at around the 60p per bag and remember buying these in the Throat & Chest sweets a long time ago and knew they were much cheaper than that, but didn't tell my husband as he would have been annoyed to have been ripped off as I'm normally the one who purchases products such as this for the household.

            They are widely available, though the flavours may be limited per shop as my local Superdrug store only sells this and two other flavours though flavours will vary depending on where you choose to shop.


            The sweets themselves are all individually wrapped in clear plastic wrappers which are then housed in a sturdy plastic bag with approximately 15 sweets per bag. Jakemans sweets come in several different flavours and the packaging depends on the flavour of the sweet, with these particular ones being Honey & Lemon so the colours of the bag represent this by being an eye catching yellow with bold black font for the logo. I like the 'ye olde fashioned sweets' look of both the packaging and the sweets which I do think helps sell the product as they give the impression they have been around a long time and a trusted brand (they have actually been around since 1907).



            **My thoughts on Jakemans Honey & Lemon sweets**
            I've always suffered with sore throats and more so since my teenage years when I was quite ill with glandular fever, since then sore throats are a common occurrence with me and whilst I've had some real humdingers in my time this latest infection is one of the worst I've ever experienced. I found even swallowing saliva brought tears to my eyes and I was desperate for something to bring some relief whether it be minor or long term.

            I remember trying the throat & chest version of these (the black coloured sweets) a long while ago and found them mediocre so honestly didn't hold out much hope for these sweets. Not only going on my previous experience of them but what didn't exactly appeal to me either was the fact they are honey and lemon flavour which isn't something I would normally pick myself as I prefer plain menthol flavours with these type of products.

            The sweets are easy to access with the wrappers being overlapping in layers and twisted at each end, as opposed to sealed wrappers which I find fiddly and can stick to the sweet which is both frustrating and messy. Once the wrappers are removed the sweets emit a strong lemon and menthol aroma though lacked in honey at this point but as my throat was so painful I wasted no time in sucking on one of these and just hoped they would help.

            What puts me off of Jakemans sweets is the sheer size of them and I think they would be just as effective if half the size as quite frankly they are bulky and cumbersome in their inch long oval shaped form. I much prefer a disc like lozenge such as Strepsils, though these aren't lozenges and nor do they claim to be, they are throat sweets, so fair enough.

            On sucking these sweets the menthol comes across as strong but not overpowering, whilst the lemon has a sharp tang which I found helped 'cut through' the pain in my throat which did seem to help. After a few minutes, once the sweet is starting to dissolve, the honey comes into play and makes itself very noticeable by creating a soothing effect when swallowing.


            **Recommended?**
            Absolutely! Since last weekend when my throat was at it's most painful I have tried just about everything - Difflam spray, TCP, gargling with salt water, pain killers, over the counter medicines, every brand of throat sweet and lozenge imaginable and nothing had helped at all. I wasn't expecting any relief from these so imagine my surprise when I tried the first sweet and the cynic in me had already decided they wouldn't work, but what I found was they instantly started to soothe and calm my inflamed throat.

            The boiled sweets don't dissolve for a while, probably due to the large size of them, but I suppose in the long run this is just as well as it brings longer pain relief which was very much welcome. I find sometimes boiled sweets can cause my mouth to become painful but these just dissolve and up to press I've had no problems which is a relief and has caused them to score highly with me for this fact alone.

            I can honestly say that these sweets seem to have been the only thing to ease my painful throat and whilst the relief has only been temporary - around 15 to 20 minutes or so - it has been so very much welcomed. I've *only* had a sore throat (my earache was secondary pain caused by my throat) but I can imagine these to be very effective if taken when suffering with a cold as well as the menthol element is very present even well after the soothing effects of the sweet on the throat have worn off.

            These have surprised me with how well they have worked and I've since been in to my local Superdrug shop and bought a few packs to keep in just in case. Luckily the penicillin started to kick in within two days and my throat is now on the mend but still sore, though nowhere near as uncomfortably so, and I've been carrying a bag of these sweets around in my bag like my life depends on it. I really can't rate these highly enough despite my initial misgivings and even though the throat and chest flavoured ones did little for me these certainly help immensely.

            Jakemans Honey & Lemon won't eradicate a sore throat but they will do their hardest to help ease the painful symptoms and I for one am truly converted.

            **Miscellaneous**
            (Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Honey, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Menthol Crystals, Natural Lemon Oil, Natural Flavouring, Colour - Carotenes)

            *Suitable for vegetarians
            *Store in a cool, dry place
            *For more information their website is www.jakemans.com

            5/5

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              10.02.2013 15:22
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              A really good throat sweet

              For the past 2 weeks I've had a sore dry throat that I just cant shake off. My throat sweet of choice has been Jakemans Honey and Lemon. Although not sugar free I find if sucked occasionally they are one of the best throat sweets available. I bought my Jakemans from my local Asda where a 100g will set you back just 58p.

              Jakemans Honey and Lemon are sold in a bag rather than a box or tube. The Honey and Lemon flavoured ones are sold in a yellow bag which has the Jakemans logo across the top and the flavour honey and lemon just below it. The front of the pack also informs the customer that these are soothing menthol sweets made with only the finest ingredients. There is a clear window on the front of the pack allowing you to see the yellow coloured sweets inside. 

              The back of the packet gives all the information you would expect to find such as ingredients and nutritional information. It also states that these throat sweets are suitable for vegetarians, and contain no artificial colours or flavours. 

              Jakemans honey and lemon throat sweets look just like regular boiled fruit sweets and are individually wrapped so if they do fall out of their bag and end up loose in the bottom of your handbag they wont get covered in fluff, bits of make up or any random "bits" that lurk on the corners. 

              Jakemas honey and lemon sweets are very pleasant to suck, they have a nice honey and lemon flavour, as you would expect, and there's a nice little blast of menthol in them too, I find they are more honey flavoured rather than lemon which I find incredibly soothing.  As throat sweets go in my opinion  these are reasonably mild however very effective, they relieve my sore throat and stop  it from being dry. 

              I have also used these to relieve the stuffiness of a blocked nose either due to a cold or hay fever. Last summer I suffered with hay fever a lot and frequently had a blocked stuffy nose. I used these to relieve this instead of tablets sometimes. 

              Overall I find these throat sweets help clear my nose when I'm blocked up or have a dry sore throat. They obviously wont cure anything as such but to get relief from the symptoms for a while is a real bonus. Jakemans don't boast anything fancy such as a liquid centre or fancy flavours but as menthol throat sweets go in my opinion  they are the best. 

              Jakemans throat sweets can be found in most major supermarkets and cost roughly the same give or take a penny or two.

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                05.02.2013 22:26
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                Lasting sweet to stop the soreness (for a bit)

                Having had a sore throat for more than a week now, I had run down my cupboard supplies of things that ease it. I am breastfeeding too so am limited as to what I can take so cough sweets are about as good as it gets around here. I usually go for honey and lemon lockets as you can buy them in a lot of shops and I know I like them. Today, I opted for something a little different with the Jakemans Honey & Lemon Menthol Sweets.

                I was shopping at an outlet and went in to a sweet shop where they had a whole shelf of cough and sore throat remedies... but I think I paid over the odds as their main line is imported sweets and small bags that they decant from jars. I paid £1.20 for a small bag of Jakemans Honey & Lemon Menthol Sweets but it was worth it to ease the pain in my throat!

                I was curious to try these sweets particularly in comparison to my usual line. The first thing I noticed was how much bigger the sweet felt in my mouth and because of this it seemed to last ages. There is no liquid centre so the sweet doesn't collapse half way through so I found I was able to suck it for a good five minutes.
                The ingredients in this sweet really do work and have quite lasting effects. I was impressed with the results although you do end up eating loads through the course of a day which is a lot of extra sugar taken on board due to illness.

                The sweets taste of honey and lemon with a definite tang of menthol and they do taste quite different to Lockets despite being the same flavour! I did quite like the taste of them as they seem to have got the balance of sweetness right with the honey and lemon.

                Packaging wise, the sweets are wrapped in a clear wrapper with white writing on it. They were not at all sticky to the wrapper and leapt cleanly in to my mouth on opening which was a relief.
                I can really recommend these as a remedy for sore throats and although they taste quite nice I would never eat them for fun. My daughter thinks I'm scoffing sweets when she sees me sneaking these in to my mouth but she's too young to have them so I try to do it covertly!

                They are probably cheaper to buy by the bag from more mainstream shops like Boots or the Supermarket rather than specialist sweet shops.

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                  27.05.2012 23:34
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                  Really recommended

                  I like to suck on something when I feel a sore throat coming on. I'm one of those people who always manages to get a cold or cough or something similar when the weather gets warm. It's been like this for years - haven't a clue why it happens to me though!

                  I have used Jakeman's soothing sweets before and have fund them to be good because they are not too strong and are soothing at the same time. There is just something about this brand that I really like and I find them quite old fashioned in a 'grandmother' sort of way! My favourites are the honey and lemon ones and I get mine for 59p from the cheap shop. The bag is 100g and this equates to approximately fifteen or sixteen individually wrapped little lozenge type sweets.

                  These sweets are best sucked as slowly as possible I always think. They initially taste of the lemon and then as you keep on sucking, the taste of the menthol eventually comes through. The effect of both of these together on the back of the throat is fantastic and I can feel it relieving my sore throat symptoms without them blowing my head off.

                  They are a very gentle sweet. By that I mean that they have enough honey and lemon to do a great job but they are not industrial strength throat or cough lozenges and I can even happily eat these sweets when my throat feels fine and I'm just tootling along in my car.

                  Overall, I cannot say anything negative at all about these great sweets. They do a grand job, they are inexpensive and taste great to boot.

                  Thoroughly recommended.

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                  24.01.2012 23:09
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                  A good value soother

                  When I have a sore throat or tickling cough, I always reach for Fisherman's Friend Lozenges, as I have always found them to be the most effective form of soother. However, with my husband having used up all our Fisherman's Friends lozenges and me having a very dry tickly cough, with the first hints of a sore throat I wanted to have something to hand to suck on. I popped to my local Tesco to pick up some, however, with this being the season of colds and flu's they were completely out of all Fisherman's Friends, and so I had to look at other options. In the past, I have never been that impressed by Soothers or Lockets, so I was reluctant to waste my money on these, when I noticed the range of Jakeman's sweets on the bottom shelf.

                  One of the most noticeable things about this range of sweets, is that in comparison to some of the more familiar brands, a pack of these sweets are much cheaper, with a 100g bag costing my 55p in Tesco. THere are a variety of flavours, some which appealed more than others, but I opted for this Honey and Lemon Menthol pack.

                  On the bottom of the yellow bag, it states hat these are 'a delicious tasting menthol sweet made with only the finest ingredients' . On the reverse it adds that these sweets are 'carefully blended with menthol to obtain a unique mouthwatering and refreshing taste'.

                  These sweets are individually wrapped and are yellow in colour. You can immediately taste both the honey and lemon as you suck the sweet, and despite me not being a huge lemon fan, I found the sweet to be very nice tasting, and I could immediately sense my nasal passage being opened with the menthol in the sweets as I sucked. However, since I don't have a cold, I wasn't wanting to help myself breathe better, I wanted to ease the dry tickle, and sore throat that was growing, and I did find that sucking these sweets did relieve these problems for a short length of time, which I suppose is all that may be necessary, as I was concerned that if I was out and about and took a coughing fit, I might not have a drink to hand to relieve it, and so sucking one of these sweets whilst out and about definitely helps.

                  All in all, Jakeman's for me anyhow has never been a well known brand, however, I do think that these sweets offer good value for money, but also temporary relief from sore throats and tickly coughs, which is all that can be expected from a sweet at the end of the day! I still prefer my Fisherman's Friends however, this is certainly my second port of call when I have a sort throat or cough.

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                    Fast effective long lasting relief from a lozenge that tastes good

                    Whenever I'm run down I can almost be guaranteed that I will contract a sore throat. In addition, I often suffer with a sore throat during extreme temperature changes, allergies, and pollution, along with common illnesses. I often notice that a sore throat is imminent when it becomes dry. It can then be left feeling sore, painful, or just uncomfortable. As soon as any symptoms start to show I increase my fluid intake, and try to keep my throat moist. Though, sometimes a sore throat can be persistent and painful which leaves me looking for a product that will provide relief.


                    I refrain from using medication where possible, however, there are times where I need a helping hand to heal and recover. I have tried a number of different remedies that are designed for sore throats from medicines to lozenges to find relief, all of which I have had little success. I had given up on throat lozenges, as I have tried many of them and find that none of them provide efficient relief. I find that an ordinary boiled sweet is just as sufficient, so I tend to opt for them over a medicinal lozenge.


                    I noticed a pack of Jakemans throat lozenges a while back which intrigued me, as they are packed in a bag rather than a packet or tube, and I had not tried these before. Seeing as the 100g bags were only 59p I decided they were worth trying. I opted for Throat & Chest menthol flavoured sweets, which I was highly impressed with, as they offered relief that was long lasting and after a few days I would be rid of my sore throat. I have continued purchasing Jakemans sweets since, as they have proved to be effective. I generally opt for the menthol flavoured sweets which are incredibly strong, but incredibly effective. I have purchased the Honey & Lemon Menthol sweets, which are more tolerable. However, I like both flavours and both offer relief.


                    Unfortunately I have been suffering with a summer cold, my throat has been rather sore and I have been feeling congested. This has been a particularly rotten cold that has taken away my sense of taste and smell which isn't nice. Looking in my local supermarket for my favourite sore throat sweets I was disappointed to see that they were out of stock, I guessed many others must be suffering, too. Whilst out in town I popped into Boots and I was happy to see that they had three of the five different varieties of Jakeman sweets available, with only a couple of packets of each. I opted for the lemon flavour, as I thought my partner would be more likely to take one of these if needed.


                    The sweets come in a bright yellow bag with a clear window to view the sweets within. Each yellow sweet is individually wrapped in a clear wrapper for freshness, this also allows a few to be popped into a pocket or bag for on-the-go. There is a generous amount of sweets, which are fairly large in comparison to other lozenges. They fit comfortably in the mouth, and as they are large they last for a long time. They are nice to suck on and the smooth surface causes no irritation to the roof of the mouth. They have a delicious lemon and honey flavour which is refreshing and soothing. They are mild in comparison to the Throat and Chest Menthol variety. They will appeal to more due to their pleasant lemon taste that isn't overpowering.


                    The sweets offer instant relief as they start to gently soothe the throat, and the menthol helps to ease congestion. They taste pleasant, and not overly medicinal. In fact, they are a bit too nice. A sweet will last a good amount of time, and the lemon flavour lingers behind for a good time after which continues to give relief. I only need to take around four of these each day for relief, as they are effective. A bag will last, as I only need to use them for three days. The remainder of the sweets stay fresh as they are individually wrapped, which means that there is enough to share with anyone else that you may kindly pass the sore throat on to.


                    This particular flavour of the Jakemans sweets is effective for mild to moderate sore throats, with the Throat & Chest sweets being much stronger to heal a more intense sore throat. It is rare that I need to rely on other medications to rid me of a sore throat, as I find these effective. They provide immediate relief with the first one, and only a few are required to soothe a sore throat. I have found Jakemans sweets to be the most effective at alleviating sore throats. This particular flavour can be found in Boots, however, they only stock a short supply, so it can be difficult to find them. I generally keep a packet in the cupboard on standby, as they offer instant relief.


                    Jakemans sweets are natural and are free from colours, and artificial flavours. They are also suitable for vegetarians. They can be found in some supermarkets and Boots also stock them. These lozenges are available in five different flavours including Menthol and Eucalyptus, Cherry and Menthol, Honey and Lemon, and Blueberry Menthol.


                    Ingredients for those interested:
                    Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Honey (2.5%), Lactic Acid: Acidity Regulator (Sodium Lactate), Menthol Crystals, Natural Lemon Oil, Natural Flavour, Colour (Carotenes).


                    Nutritional Information
                    Typical values per 100g

                    Energy 1681kj/396kcal
                    Protein 0.1g
                    Carbohydrates 97.9g
                    Fat 0.4g
                    Suitable for Vegetarians
                    100g - £0.59

                    www.jakemans.com

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                      13.02.2011 11:04
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                      soothing sweets suitable for coughs, colds and sore throats

                      A few months ago I was struck down with a very painful sore throat and heavy cold which was brilliant timing as I was just about to go into hospital for jaw surgery. I tend not to really like most brands of throat sweets as I find the strong flavours far too intense and almost unbearable to eat. Then on a trip to Boots I spotted the bags of Jakemans soothing sweets among all of the cold and flu remedies and thought they would be worth a try as they looked quite old fashioned and the sort of thing my gran would buy, and it is often the old fashioned original remedies that are the best. Out of the flavours on offer I opted to try the Honey & Lemon Menthol variety.

                      The last time I purchased a bag of the Jakemans Honey and Lemon Menthol sweets was a few days ago from Superdrug. I paid 60p for a 100g bag, I believe there were around 15 sweets in the bag so pretty good value in my opinion.

                      The packaging is rather old fashioned looking, the bag is quite a striking yellow colour with black writing. On the front of the packet it states the name of the company Jakemans from Boston and that the company was established in 1907. There is also a small clear window where you can see the individually wrapped sweets. It describes the sweets as 'delicious tasting menthol sweet's made with only the finest ingredients'. On the back of the packet you can find full ingredients listings, nutritional information, company contact details and that the packaging is suitable for recycling. The sweets themselves are individually wrapped in a clear wrapper with the company name on and twisted at each end. Each sweet is an oval shaped boiled sweet with a transparent yellow colour.

                      As soon as you put the sweet in your mouth the first taste you get is of honey, then slowly the menthol taste starts to come through. I would say that the lemon flavour is much harder to distinguish and it is definitely the honey and menthol flavours that are dominant in these sweets. The taste is very pleasant and the menthol is not too strong, allowing me to enjoy the whole sweet rather than me having to dispose of it half way through as I can no longer bare the taste as I do with some throat sweets.

                      In my opinion these sweets are suitable if you have a cold, cough or sore throat as I find that the honey acts by soothing your throat while the powerful menthol helps to clear your airways making it easier to breath. It states on the packet that 'once tasted they will be your favourite soothing sweet'. I think this is correct as I have now brought these on several occasions and they are also my partner's first choice in throat sweets too as he loves the honey flavour and also says that they are very soothing.

                      The next time you have a cold, cough or bad throat I would recommend that you try these rather than your usual brand of throat sweets. They are good value and the old fashioned remedy really does works, so you too may be a convert.

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                        A high quality and extremely effective throat sweet from Jakemans

                        As I have a weakened immune system it is inevitable that each time one of my work colleagues starts coughing or sneezing my body catches the virus. Consequently, I find myself suffering with symptoms at least half a dozen times each year. Unfortunately, since September of last year I have caught a virus three times so it is essential that I have plenty of various remedies available at all times.

                        I have read many reviews on different brands of throat sweets; most of which I have previously tried and tested. However, a brand that I had never heard of until reading the extremely postive reviews was Jakemans, so I headed out to the shops to stock up on this "miracle throat sweet". Unfortunately, I suffered with a throat infection over the Christmas period, which seemed to disappear after a couple of weeks only to return a week ago and I am still suffering so I have munched my way through dozens of these throat sweets and this review discusses my experience of Jakemans Honey and Lemon Menthol.

                        APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT

                        Until I learned about Jakemans I cannot state that I have ever purchased any throat sweets contained within a large packet, as generally they're found in boxes or tubes. These sweets are quite unique as they are contained within a bright yellow packet weighing 100g and in the upper section we see the Jakemans' logo where we are informed that this is a company who were established in 1907.

                        There is considerable black writing on the packet, which makes this product quite appealing to the eye and I was easily able to locate the product on the supermarket shelf. There is a small transparent window in the lower section where we are able to see the throat sweets and located below we are informed that they are "a delicious tasting menthol sweet made with only the finest ingredients".

                        MY EXPERIENCE OF EATING THE THROAT SWEETS

                        As my current packet is already open with 13 bright yellow sweets remaining, I am unsure of how many there were to start. However, I would hazard a guess that there were probably around 18 - 20 with each oval sweet measuring approximately 3 cm in length and 1 cm in width. You have the assurance that your sweets are fresh, as each of them is hygienically protected with a transparent plastic wrapper, which is twisted on both ends and displays both the name and address of the manufacturer.

                        For the purpose of this review I have unwrapped one of the hard-boiled throat sweets and placed it in my mouth and can instantly taste both the honey and lemon, as their soothing flavours disperse onto my tongue. Whilst I am not particularly a fan of honey I can honestly say that the taste contained within these sweets is rather pleasant and whilst I would not suck on a throat sweet unless I really have to, I am quite enjoying the sweet, even though the honey is the most dominant flavour.

                        Within a few minutes of placing the sweet into my mouth I can feel a slight burning sensation, which is clearly the menthol working its' magic and even though my nose isn't blocked, I am finding my breathing much easier. The soothing properties of the combination of ingredients work their way down my throat and provide superb and almost instant relief to my painfully sore throat. To be honest, I would have preferred a smaller throat sweet, as in my experience this is the largest throat sweet I have ever eaten. Saying that though, the sweet is dissolving fairly quickly and it generally takes me about 25 minutes to entirely consume, although I always end up crunching the last bit, which is obviously no good for my teeth!

                        My experience of these throat sweets is extremely favourable and over the last six weeks I have probably consumed at least a dozen packets. Their soothing properties most definitely beat all of their competitors, particularly as the relief is longer lasting. I thought I had previously discovered the perfect throat sweet, but clearly not the case, as these tick every box in my book. For the fifteen minutes that it has taken me to get this far in my review I have been slowly sucking on a sweet and at this present moment in time, my sore throat does not feel in the slightest bit sore, as the combination of lemon, honey and menthol have provided me with temporary relief. Whilst the majority of throat sweets will offer the same results, my experience of Jakemans is that the relief is much longer lasting as I generally find that the soreness returns after around 45 - 60 minutes, which beats all the others that relieve for a shorter period of time.

                        INGREDIENTS

                        Whilst these sweets are free from any artificial colours or flavours, as with all throat sweets the ingredients aren't particularly good, as amongst other things the sweets contain high levels of sugar, glucose, syrup and of course, honey. My husband is type 1 diabetic, which means he is insulin dependent and consequently, any foods containing high levels of sugar will push his blood sugar levels into alarming double figures, with the norm being around 5. As he has also been suffering with the identical symptoms to me together with an extremely irritating cough he decided to try a few of these sweets with just one pushing his sugar levels to 22, which is dangerously high. Consequently, he continues to eat them, but adjusts his insulin accordingly, as there are no effective throat sweets that we have managed to find that are suited to diabetics. However, in saying this, I am not suggesting that diabetics consume these sweets and my husband does so at his own risk.

                        NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

                        Unfortunately, the information is provided to us per 100g, which is the entire packet and I wish Jakemans had provided this per sweet. Whilst I could easily work this out with the aid of a calculator I am listing the information as per the packet:-

                        Energy 1681kJ/396 kcal
                        Protein 0.1g
                        Carbohydrates 97.9g
                        Fat 0.4g

                        OTHER INFORMATION

                        The sweets are suitable for vegetarians and should be kept in a cool, dry place and the packet can be recycled once empty. There is an expiry date on the reverse of the packet with mine being 6 July 2012.

                        PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

                        Jakemans Honey and Lemon Menthol Soothing Sweets are readily available at most supermarkets and at the time of writing (29 January 2011) you can pick up two 100g packets from Sainsburys for £1.00, which is excellent value for money.

                        As these are such an effective throat sweet that offer long lasting relief they receive 5 stars from me.

                        This review also appears on Ciao under the same user name.

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                          03.12.2010 14:53
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                          I have done a recent review on this brand of cough sweets as I bought more than one flavour in this brand at the time because they were on special offer, the one I am reviewing today is the Honey and Menthol flavour, I thought I would buy more than one because they were so cheap compared to some other brands and because they are individually wrapped and I could eat them as and when I needed them.

                          These ones come in a yellow plastic bag of 100g for 55p but as they were on offer I only paid £1 for 2 bags and so made a little saving, as I said they are univocally wrapped in a plastic wrapper and are oval shape, these ones are a pale yellow colour and around an inch in length. I found these ones much sweeter than the other flavour I tried, they did sooth my sore throat and tasted delicious, they are easy to suck and swallow in my opinion.


                          These contain Honey, Lemon and Glucose Syrup and have a nice refreshing taste, I really liked these ones even though I do not often buy such a sweet cough sweet, but I was pleasantly surprised how nice these ones tasted. They are not as strong in taste as the other flavours in my opinion but they certainly eased my sore throat. I tended to suck this one for much longer than other cough sweets I usually buy because I wanted to feel the Honey on my throat and chest so I felt a little better much sooner and to ease my tickly cough, of which it did while eating them.

                          These are of a very good quality for the cheap price and I love the size of them and they way they are individually wrapped to keep them nice and fresh, they have a long sell by date on these ones and the packet I bought tells me the best before date is until 2nd of May 2012 and so I can buy them well in advance and always have them ready for when I need them in the future.

                          This brand has been established since 1907 and so they have been around for many years, although I had not bought them before I think they are an amazingly nice soothing cough sweet for the throat and chest. This flavour is very mouth watering and there are quite a lot in the bag of around 15 or so and so they can be shared if necessary for all the family.

                          These also contain Lemon and so both the Honey and Lemon blended together make a nice soothing sweet in my opinion, I thought that the Honey flavour was more apparent in my mouth than the Lemon flavour. I will buy this one again in the future as I think they are a super little cough sweet for the price and they worked for me and I am delighted with the results that they gave to ease my sore throat.

                          I highly recommend these for anyone to try as they are an amazingly good sweet in my opinion and very affordable too.

                          I give these 5 stars.

                          Thank you for reading my review.

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                            12.11.2010 18:17
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                            very nice

                            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.

                            Just last week, 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.

                            They are basically a hard boiled sweet, yellow in colour, and probably just a bit larger in size than a locket or tune. They come in a bright yellow plastic bag, which immediately reminds me of honey and lemon, 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 a combination of Menthol, honey, and citrus lemon, 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, and they are suitable for vegetarians!

                            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

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                            Jakemans Honey & Lemon Menthol Sweets: Carefully blended with menthol to provide a soothing vapour action Made with only the finest ingredients Suitable for vegetarians Contains no artificial colours Jakeman'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.