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      22.11.2013 22:55
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      Good, low cost sweets.

      As soon as it gets a bit cold I either get a cough or a cold, near enough every year. Unfortunately this year was no different and within a few weeks of chilly days, I woke up with my chest feeling tight, a hacking cough and a mucusy throat. I let it be for a couple of days expecting to sort itself but it didn't and I was sick of coughing. I bought some cough medicine but it didn't make much difference and I was still wheezing and coughing after I'd finished the bottle within a day and a half.

      I was recommended these by my friend who'd used them when she was ill. I paid about £1 for these from the shop near my house and got a fairly good sized bag with about 20 sweets in.

      The sweets come in their own little wrappers which is handy if you don't want to take the whole bag but just a few in your pocket. They're hard so you can suck them over a longer period of time rather than just eating them by biting them. They don't taste bad, you can taste aniseed quite strongly which isn't a flavour I favour but isn't bad, and menthol which I only like when my nose/throat is unwell.

      I must admit I had the first one for about five seconds and bit it and eat it so it didn't do a lot but the second one I had I kept in my mouth and sucked to try and get se benefit from it. It didn't get rid of my sore throat or cough but it soothed my throat a little and I felt breathing was a bit easier, probably because of the menthol. I find these odd because I don't like aniseed very much but I couldn't stop eating these, probably because they offered a bit of relief. Obviously these won't cure a bad throat or heat but they offer a bit of relief which is always welcomed when you don't feel well.

      Overall, these are cheap and helpful. I found them better than soothers which tend to be more expensive so they're definitely worth a pound. My local shop sells these but I think they'd be available in chemists like Lloyd's and boots and possibly asda as well though I haven't seen them.

      I'd recommend these for minor heat infections, sore throats and coughs but obviously if it's really bad, get yourself to the doctor.

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        22.11.2013 17:09
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        a fast-acting sweet with menthol for chest and throat

        For the past week I have had a bit of a cough but was unable to shift some stubborn mucus which made my chest feel tight and uncomfortable. Although annoying it did not warrant a trip to the doctors so I looked around for something I could pick up to loosen up my chest and I bought some of these Throat and Chest sweets because they had been recommended by a friend.

        The bag I bought is 100g and it cost 79p from my local chemist. The bag is very slightly different from the one pictured as it says 'soothing menthol sweets' instead of the featured 'contains soothing menthol'. The bag is made from thick cellophane and the sweets inside are individually wrapped. I have almost finished the pack but I would say that you get around 18 - 20 in total which is pretty good value considering how effective they have proved in my opinion.

        Each sweet is a reasonable size and there is a strong taste of aniseed which I find very reassuring and pleasant. The eucalyptus/ menthol is strong too so I found that even before I had finished sucking I felt the benefits almost straightaway. My chest felt looser and clearer and my throat felt less constricted. I won't go into detail about them helping shift my mucus in case you are eating whilst reading this - but it certainly did the trick thank goodness!

        On the back of the pack there is a full list of ingredients which is clear and easy to read plus there is a table listing nutritional values. I am also told that these are made in Lincolnshire by a company which has been around since 1907 and that the sweets are suitable for vegetarians.

        I think these are great and although they contain sugar and make my tongue black I would definitely buy them again and would recommend giving them a try.

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        01.08.2013 16:32
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        A decent throat sweet from Jakemans.

        This past year or two I have had some huge bouts of illness. My latest illness has been chickenpox/shingles which I have never suffered from before (well, not that I can remember anyway!). I have been suffering from a sore throat on and off for at least two years now, thanks to a chronic illness that I have, and it is probably fair to say that I have tried a plethora of different throat sweets just to try and find something that works very well AND has a nice taste.

        Jakemans throat & chest sweets are available from my local Tesco store with a 100g bag costing just 55p which really is fantastic value for money. Each throat sweet is individually wrapped, which is very convenient as it means I can place some in my handbag, in my car, in my pocket and anywhere else I want for ease of access when my throat is in need. The packaging is very handy with each individual wrapper being simple to open and taking just a few seconds although the outer packet does not have a resealable part which is a shame for me. The packaging is simple to find in store in Tesco with yellow and black packaging and a see through panel on the front where I can see that the sweets are all individually wrapped and present as they should be. The sweets, approximately 15-20 in each bag I believe, have twists and are very simple to unwrap, as I've said.

        These sweets contain aniseed and eucalyptus menthol which is very noticeable the moment I place one of these sweets in my mouth. The aniseed in particular is the initial flavour that comes through and it is very strong, as I expected really. The flavour does settle down once saliva is produced within my mouth and the flavour of these sweets is really delicious. When first using these sweets I had a couple of ulcers in my mouth, a very sore throat that was making me feel very uncomfortable when swallowing and a chesty cough that was really irritating me. Within a minute or two of starting to gently suck on the first sweet my throat felt better, my mouth had more saliva which helped my ulcers and by the time I finished the first sweet my chest started to feel a little soothed and the desire to cough wasn't so strong which was fantastic. My mouth watered a lot when sucking on these sweets which definitely helped the three problems that I was experiencing when using these sweets. I was not suffering from a blocked nose, which I usually do when I am feeling unwell or suffering from an ailment, but I felt that my nose was extra clear when I sucked on these sweets.

        Now I would say that enjoying these sweets took at least 15-20 minutes and the flavour of them stayed in my mouth for at least two hours. This was the only downside for me as it meant that the taste of any food I wanted to eat, when I finally got my appetite back, was spoiled somewhat by the very strong flavour of these sweets. The flavour of these sweets was really enjoyable for me but I would like it if the strong flavour would wear off quicker than the two hours or so it took. When I am unwell I tend to eat what I want when I have a craving as sometimes with a sore throat or bad chest I can go a whole day with no appetite at all. These sweets spoiled that somewhat for me but I have been able to overlook these, and continue using them, because they taste nice and they are very effective for me also.

        Overall it is fair to say that I am really pleased with Jakemans throat & chest sweets. The sweets are tasty, individually wrapped and get to work quickly. They are effective, for my throat and chest. In addition to this they also work at clearly my nose, even if I did not realise it was blocked at all. I love the flavour of these sweets but unfortunately I do not like how long the taste lasts in my mouth, and how strong it is, but I am willing to overlook that in order to experience the relief that these sweets offer. I am giving these sweets a rating of 4 out of 5 stars because I feel that the sweets are fantastic overall but it is just the overpowering flavour that lasts too long which made me knock off one star.

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          01.03.2013 14:46
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          A good value throat and chest sweet.

          With my horrible cold I managed to pick up a sore throat and a weird uncomfortable feeling at the back of my nose into my throat. It made me feel like talking was awkward and that I would be sick when swallowing so I needed action. I needed a sweet sharp enough to numb the feeling and with a nice soothing menthol to keep my nose clear and stop me talking like cabin crew.

          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 black 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 black and white and provides nutritional information, per 100g of sweets there are 390kcal; I doubt you'd eat a whole bag in one day though! The ingredients made up of aniseed oils, menthol crystals and other natural flavourings and derivatives plus company information.

          The sweets are individually wrapped in clear plastic with some writing in white. When I opened the bag I could immediately smell the menthol which is relaxing and nice for my tired and weary head. I unwrapped one and popped it in my mouth and immediately I could feel my breath cool and wooshing around my nostrils, I instantly wanted to breathe through my nose and take in as much air as I could - just because I could!

          The flavour from the sweets is a little strong but I like this as my cold made all my meals taste distorted anyway so it's nice than something can get through.

          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?

          Just beware though your tongue will turn black and if you lick your lips a lot so will they :)

          Highly recommended fast acting but cheap sweets to soothe coughs, sore throats and colds. The bag normally lasts a few days as they are strong enough to leave the throat and airways soothed for a good few hours!

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          22.02.2013 14:23
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          I like them

          Jakeman's throat sweets were something that my husband first introduced me to. They are, in fact, one of his favourite sweets, and he eats them not for medicinal purposes, but just because he likes the taste. Last time we bought a bag of these together was at the supermarket and I paid around 65p for a medium sized bag. There are about seventeen to twenty sweets inside the bag and they are all individually wrapped, which keeps them nice and fresh and also prevents them from sticking together.

          Personally speaking, I find these a little bit too hot to eat them as he does, just as a sweet. However, as a cough or sore throat remedy, they are quite effective. They certainly work better for me than Halls Soothers or Tunes, but they are not n the same league as a Fisherman's Friend. These are more middle of the road on the hotness level.

          I like the packaging of these sweets and I always think they look quite old fashioned and quaint. They work best when they are sucked slowly and allowed to dissolve in the mouth, just like any other sore throat tablet or lozenge, really. They have a mild to medium menthol flavour to them and they are pretty fast acting.

          I would say that within about three minutes of sucking one of these little sweets, I begin to notice a difference at the back of my throat. They have a warming and soothing and comforting feeling and taste to them and they work best for me if I have a sore throat rather than a ticklish cough. My husband always seems to have a half eaten bag of these in the glove compartment of his car and he eats them on long journeys.

          I do rather like them, I must admit, and they are certainly more palatable than a Fisherman's Friend and work a lot better than Tunes, Lockets or Halls Soothers.

          Definitely recommended for mild to moderate sore throats.

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            22.07.2012 17:45
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            These sweets do not taste nice but they soothed my tickly throat

            WHAT ARE THEY?

            Individually wrapped menthol sweets for when you have a cough or are suffering with your chest. 

            HOW DO THEY TASTE?

            They have a harsh menthol taste that hasn't been sweetened very much, they are not hot in your mouth like Fishermans Friends are but they have quite an unpleasant heat that gets more intense the longer you suck them. 

            HOW DO YOU USE THEM?

            You need to suck them to get the most benefit and as the sweet dissolves it will release the menthol for you to inhale and swallow.  They can be chewed but the effects will not be as good or long lasting. 

            ARE THEY ANY GOOD?

            They acted quite well when I had a chest infection but don't help to stop you coughing. The sweets are soothing when my throat is sore and I thought they eased the tight feeling I had been experiencing in my chest.  My husband said they were ineffective for him when he was ill but they are only sweets so cannot be expected to work in the same way for everybody. 

            When I swallowed while I was sucking a sweet I could feel immediate relief to my throat, I didn't have a very painful throat but it was very tickly and that's how the sweets acted by soothing this tickle.  I was still coughing as much as ever but at least the burning feel whenever I coughed was reduced. 

            ANYTHING ELSE?

            Jakemans Throat and Chest Sweets cost 60p for a 100g bag that contains 17 individually wrapped sweets. 

            3 Dooyoo Stars.

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            18.03.2012 18:20
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            Okay now and again

            I picked up a packet of these for just 49p from Wilko. I thought they'd do for my cough and cold!

            The sweets come in a black bag and they are all individually wrapped. The sweets are said to help ease the pain and irritation of coughs and sore throats. The sweets are high in sugar and calories so I only tend to use them whilst I am suffering from a cold. I would describe the taste of the sweets as quite menthol and herbally, although they do have a pleasant warming taste to them.

            The sweets are oval shaped and black in colour. They're easy to suck but they're not too good for your teeth as they tend to end up going all crunchy, the sort of sweets that stick to your teeth and result in you pulling out the excess with your fingertips. However, the sweets do ease sore throats and they take away that annoying itchy feeling in your throat.

            The sweets help to ease sore throats, taking away the pain and scratchy feeling that sore throats give you. However, they aren't all that good for you and they end up going all slippery in your mouth. I've had to try and stop myself from swallowing the ENTIRE sweet before as they want to slide down your throat without you sucking them first! Just be careful with them. I wouldn't suggest giving these to children purely for this reason.

            They're okay but limit them to every so often.

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            09.01.2012 21:11
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            A nice tasting throat sweet

            This is the time of year when coughs and colds always seem to be about and right now I am one of the unlucky ones suffering. Throat sweets are a must for me when I have a cough, cold or sore throat and the ones I'm using at the moment are Jakemans Throat and Chest soothing menthol sweets. I picked up a 100g bag from Asda for 55p.

            The sweets I bought came in a bag rather than a tube, I'm not sure if these are available in a tube or not. The bag is mainly black and white with a little bit of gold on it, quite glam for a throat sweet. The front of the pack informs the customer that these are made by Jakemans of Boston and were established in 1907. The pack also says that these sweets are " the original and famous throat and chest soothing menthol sweets".

            The back of the pack gives the usual information that you would expect to find, the ingredients and the nutritional values which are given per 100g. The back also claims that Jakemans sweets are made from only the finest ingredients and are suitable for vegetarians.

            The sweets are all individually wrapped so if they do all tip out in your handbag they wont get covered in fluff and grit and wont make anything sticky. The wrapper around each sweet is made from clear plastic and has Jakemans quality sweets printed on it, handy if you find one lurking at the bottom of your bag, you will know what you are eating.

            The sweets are oval shaped and black in colour. They have a smooth surface and smell slightly of menthol but to me they smell more of liquorice although this isn't listed in the ingredients. Once you pop one in your mouth though the menthol is very much the dominant flavour. They are quite strong but have a nice sweetness to them which really makes them quite pleasant to just suck weather you are suffering an illness or not.

            I found these sweets sooth my sore dry throat very well and the menthol definitely helps with a stuffy nose. The taste stays with you for sometime but I find this is the case with all throat sweets. I was a bit concerned with these being black that these might make my tongue go black but I need not have worried.

            Over all I would say these are a very pleasant throat and cough sweet and while they wont cure your ailments they certainly relieve the symptoms and make the more bearable and in my opinion very reasonably priced, I will be buying these again.

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              15.12.2011 16:03
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              A cracking way to overcome a cold

              My dad has always stated that the best thing for a cold is to suck on cough lozenges open your lungs and eventually your body will overcome the cold by itself. He has always used this method and tends to suck cough sweets throughout the winter months, and he does rarely get a bad cold. Whether he has a natural resitance to the common cold or the sucking of menthol cought sweets does help his body overcome the bacteria which causes the common cold.

              His and mine favourite cough sweets are the Jakemans cough sweets, they come in black bags and deliberatly give the feel for old fashioned Victorian sweet packages. They come as old fashioned sweets with each one individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper. They are black and substantial and take a while to suck and roll around the mouth before finally disappearing. I think this is one of their more important aspects, they do take a decent amount of time to suck and use before they finally disappearing giving the throat and lungs plenty of chance to react to the menthol and open the airways.

              They are also sweet and rather nice as a sweet, this compares with the Halls and other cough sweets which tend to be bitter and rather harsh after a while. They have a nice sweetness, are a little bit sour but have plenty of flavour. They give a taste of menthol and a hit of sweetness which gives the user a feeling of sucking on a sweet rather than a lozenge.

              A bag costs around £1 but do have plenty of lozenges in them so last a while.

              THese cough sweets if sucked over the period of a cold will help the user to keep his airways open and maybe lessen the effect of the cold preventing catarrh and the sense of being bunged up. I'd heartily recommend keeping them in the house throughout the winter and using whenever you start feeling a bit down and a bit rubbish, suck a sweet and the lungs open and the world feels a slightly better place.

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                12.10.2011 16:45
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                A nice pleasing sweet

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                I don't know what it is but I've always had a thing for cough/chest sweets. I just generally like the taste of them and buy them often even though there is no sign of a couch or a chesty wheeze. The stronger the better usually, and in this department Hall's menthol are pretty strong. Anyway whilst moseying round the shops I spied these for 50p and thought they can't be that bad.

                Jakeman's Throat and chest soothing menthol sweets

                The black bag, which contains the sweets, is actually quite menacing in its appearance, with copperplate lettering and boldness it could be that they were designed for Halloween. However this is not the case since this is the standard packaging for the dozen or so sweets, which are all individually wrapped.

                The sweets themselves are quite big and I do not believe they would be suitable for young children, simply because of their size and their extreme slipperiness. Once they get wet in the mouth they are very slippery. At over an inch long and of oval shape they are a substantial size to suck on and this I can see as being a benefit should you indeed unlike I have a chesty cough or wheeze, since the quite soothing and easing menthol flavour wil maybe not cure the sore throat, but will definitely be inclined to eases its discomfort somewhat.

                They are not nearly as strong as some other versions of cough sweet on the market and this for some will also be of benefit since I know many cannot compete with others such Fishermans friends. This said they are strong enough to give light relief, but not much more. This said the overall taste is very pleasant and for a nice freshening of the mouth they would also fit the bill. As for helping chestiness I really don't think they are of sufficient strength to give much benefit in this area.

                Summary

                Overall I like Jakeman's cough sweets even though they might not be my usual strength, they are a nice sweet. The slipperiness is a bit of a problem if you are unwell and lying down since they are large enough and slippery enough to cause a problem if the go down the throat, but I guess this could be said for most sweets of this nature. The thing here is they are quite a bit bigger than your normal cough sweet. Still for 50p I thought I got another bargain a very nice sweet.

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                  12.03.2011 08:43
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                  A high quality throat sweet that gives first class results

                  Over the years I have probably tried and tested every throat sweet that is available and whilst I do not believe that any product will totally rid you of the pain and misery associated with a sore throat, there are a few that will ease the symptoms for a fairly reasonable period of time. It was approximately six months ago after reading a few positive reviews on Dooyoo that I learned of Jakemans, which encouraged me to visit the supermarket and try them out for myself with my initial purchase being the honey and lemon flavour, which I have previously reviewed. As I found the sweets extremely favourable I was delighted to discover that they are also available in menthol and this review discusses my experience of their Throat and Chest Soothing Menthol Sweets

                  APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT

                  I have to say that I am somewhat surprised that I was not previously aware of this brand, particularly as they were established some 94 years ago and the fact that their packaging stands out considerably on the supermarket shelf. The lozenges that I had purchased in the past were either contained within boxes or tubes, but Jakemans are unique, as their products are provided to us in 100g packets. The soothing menthol sweets are contained in identical packaging as the honey and lemon flavour, other than the fact that its' colour is black as opposed to bright yellow.

                  Their appearance is particularly eye-catching as the centre of the packet is framed with a yellow and black border and there is a small viewing window where we are able to witness the sweets. Located below is the identical wording that we would find on the honey and lemon flavour and that is "a delicious tasting menthol sweet made with only the finest ingredients". On opening the packet with a pair of scissors my nasal passages were immediately hit with the aroma of aniseed, which was considerably overpowering and I was initially a little apprehensive in trying the sweets. I say this because I hadn't noticed the aniseed oil in the list of ingredients and during my early twenties I had a rather unfortunate experience where I over indulged on a bottle of Pernod and had never touched aniseed ever since!

                  We are provided with fifteen black oval shaped sweets that measure approximately 3 cm in length and 1 cm in width. What I find favourable with this brand is that each sweet is individually wrapped with a transparent plastic covering that twists at each end and exhibits in white lettering the name of the manufacturer, together with their name and address in Boston, England. I decided to push the memories of my Pernod experience to the back of my mind, unwrapped one of the sweets and placed it into my mouth.

                  MY EXPERIENCE WITH EATING THE SWEETS

                  Within an instant of the sweet touching my tongue I could taste the aniseed, which initially made me pull a face. However, after only a few seconds I found it rather pleasant, which surprised me somewhat, particularly as I thought I hated aniseed. Although my mouth wasn't sore on the occasion that I first sampled the sweets I could imagine the relief it would offer if I was feeling unwell. I was able to witness the powerful menthol menthol and eucalyptus vapours after approximately one minute, which cleared my nose despite me not even realising that it was partially blocked, as I could definitely breath with more ease. The soothing combination of the aniseed oil, menthol and eucalyptus trickled down my throat and felt very favourable, so I stored the remainder of the packet in a cool place for when I next suffered a sore throat, which I knew wouldn't be too far away, particularly as I'm prone to infections. I am of the opinion that the sweets should be a little smaller, as it took approximately 25 minutes or so to entirely dissolve, but the whole experience was rather pleasing.

                  My only grumble is that the taste lingered on my tongue for several hours and despite cleaning my teeth several times and swishing with mouthwash I simply could not get rid of it. As a result, I found eating a meal a little frustrating, as I could not properly savour my food due to the remaining aniseed taste. Whilst this is not really a complaint, brands of chocolate such as Maltesers and Minstrels offer us a sticky tab to reseal the packet and it would have been useful if Jakemans had provided something similar to prevent the remaining sweets from toppling out. A couple of weeks later and just as I had suspected, I suffered a sore throat, so the real test would be whether the sweets alleviated my symptoms. I have to say that they were perfect and offered a pain free throat for well over an hour after I had finished the sweet, which far exceeds the results of any of their rivals.

                  INGREDIENTS

                  Jakemans do not use artificial colours or flavours in their products and whilst I do not normally believe in copying endless lists of ingredients into my reviews I feel it appropriate on this occasion. Consequently, I would advise that they contain sugar, glucose, syrup, menthol crystals, aniseed oil, eucalyptus oil, colours, vegetable carbon and natural flavours. Whilst it is not indicated on the packet, unfortunately, these sweets are not suitable for diabetics due to their high sugar content.

                  NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

                  Jakemans provide us with the information as per 100g, which is the entire packet of 15 sweets and I have provided the details below. I would advise that I have made a comparison with the honey and lemon flavour, which are slighter higher than the menthol.

                  Energy 1657 kJ/390 kcal
                  Protein 0.1g
                  Carbohydrates 96.7g
                  Fat 0.3g

                  OTHER INFORMATION

                  The sweets are suitable for vegetarians and should be stored in a cool dry place and the packet can be recycled once empty.

                  PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

                  Jakemans Soothing Menthol Sweets are available at most supermarkets and at the time of writing (12 March 2011) you can purchase a 100g pack from Tesco for 56p, which in my opinion is excellent value for money.

                  As these are such effective throat lozenges that offer high quality results they receive 4 stars from me. I have removed one star due to the long lasting aftertaste.

                  I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

                  This review will appear on both Ciao and Dooyoo under the same user name.

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                    11.03.2011 20:11
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                    Great through sweets

                    An OldSkool Company...
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                    'Jakemans' specialise in producing confectionary which is designed to sooth the throat and clear the airwaves. The company has been in existence for over a hundred years, and it appears that the design of their packaging hasn't changed much during that time - the typeface and decoration means that the retro looking bag would have sat fittingly on the shelves of an Edwardian chemist (albeit in paper rather than plastic housing). At a cost of 65p per one hundred grams, the sweets are available in five different flavours - 'Original', 'Honey & Lemon Menthol', 'Extra Strong Menthol & Eucalyptus', 'Blueberry Menthol', and 'Cherry Menthol'.


                    Do they work?
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                    Suitable for vegetarians and containing no artificial colours or flavours, Jakemans sweets are of the boiled variety, and come individually wrapped to avoid any stickyness. In their black bag, the Original variety look like they are going to taste fairly unpleasant - but actually, they're not too bad. The flavour *is* a little strong (mainly menthol, with aniseed overtones), but the result is cleared sinuses after a couple of minutes sucking. My favourite flavour in the range has to be the Blueberry Menthol variety - really fruity and sweet without being sickly. My least favourite is Honey & Lemon, which didn't agree with my taste buds at all.


                    Ingredients
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                    The sweets contain; Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Menthol Crystals, Aniseed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Flavours, and Colour (E153)


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                    In my experience, I've found that all of the sweets in the Jakemans range sooth the throat to a great extent, and offer very good value for money considering the fact that each one takes over ten minute of sucking to finish! I only discovered Jakemans last Winter, but I'm glad I did, as they certainly helped sooth the symptoms of the various colds that I picked up during the season. All of the flavours do a wonderful job of unblocking the nose and soothing the throat, and ultimately, 65p is a price well worth paying.

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                      12.01.2011 23:41
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                      Excellently soothing

                      Every now and again we all get a nasty cough following an awful cold but the worst are those nasty dry throat coughs that keep you up half the night and recently a local GP advised me to never take syrups for coughs as this just stops your body from clearing the infection and the nasty stuff that is making you cough.

                      So, with that in mind, the easiest way of dealing with that horrible, dry cough is to ensure that your throat stays 'lubricated' by producing saliva!!...

                      I'm normally a sucker for brand names and would normally find myself buying the big names in lozenges but I recently noticed JAKEMANS Throat and Chest Menthol sweets in my local supermarket on offer, so I thought I would give them a go.

                      When choosing such an item, I tend to go for the 'strongest' of it's kind and as with most brands, JAKEMANS strongest are the black packets!

                      Each bag of JAKEMANS will cost you in the region of 50-60p and that is for a 100g bag.

                      The sweets are individually wrapped, are hard and are quite large so I wouldn't reccomend these to people who don't tend to like sweets being large and I certainly won't reccomend them to children under 12.

                      Each sweet, when sucked, will last about 5 minutes and the menthol is not overly strong, although the strength of the menthol will be different from person to person.

                      When you breath the menthol in deeply it is very refreshing and the sweets relieve your cough immediately.

                      These are, without a doubt, the best cough and throat sweets available and are great value for money.

                      I have now been using these for a little while and I will be firmly sticking by the brand in the future.

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                      30.11.2010 09:32
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                      I have had a sore throat the past couple of days and I have been eating lots of different cough sweets to try and ease it a little, I do not suffer that much usually with sore throats but since the weather has been so cold and my immune system is not so good I have I just picked up a few germs as we all do, I thought at one point I was going to get a cold but that does not appear to be the case at the moment but who knows in a couple of days or so all that could change as we all know.

                      I bought these cough sweets at the weekend from Tesco and they come in 3 flavours that I am aware of, the ones I am reviewing today are the menthol flavour, they come in a black plastic bag, they are a soothing menthol sweet, each sweet is black in colour and each one is wrapped also in a fine plastic. The sweets are oval shape and around an inch or so in length.

                      These taste absolutely delicious, they are not too strong and they are easy to suck, I often just crunch cough sweets or any sweets after awhile for some odd reason lol, but I did leave these in my mouth for a little longer because I wanted them to ease my throat and they did after I had sucked a couple, because of the menthol they eased the back of my throat and soothed it.

                      There are around 15 in the packet and I thought that was a very good amount for the price of just 55p and they were on offer at just £1 for 2 packets of any flavour, it is not a huge saving on offer but 10p is at least a little saving in my opinion. They are made with the finest ingredients of Menthol Crystals, Eucalyptus Oil, and Aniseed Oil, they do taste a little sweet in my opinion but not so much so that they are sickly, they are quite a nice pleasant taste.

                      These eased my chest as well as my throat and I could feel my chest eased as I was sucking them. They taste nice and refreshing and are very mouth watering and I must say these ones are very Moorish. I really think the quality of these sweets for the low price are fabulous and I think they are super for placing a few in hand bags for when you are outdoors and maybe have a tickly cough as I often do. As they are individually wrapped they keep nice and fresh and ready to eat when you need them.

                      Jakemans have been established since 1907 it tells me on the packet and so they have been around for a very long time and I just think these ones are a brilliant brand of cough sweets and I recommend them for anyone to give them a try, even if you do not have a cough etc because I just think they are very good value for money and very affordable in my opinion and I will certainly be buying them again on a regular basis because I enjoyed them so much and these are just delicious.

                      I give these 5 stars.

                      Thank you for reading my review.

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                        27.11.2010 11:00
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                        The only sore throat sweet that you will need.

                        Although I'm not one to use medication unless absolutely necessary, I will resort to medication in times of need. Over the years I have tried various remedies to cure a sore throat, but I have never been particularly pleased with many of the medicines or lozenges that are designed specifically for sore throats that I have tried, as I haven't found anything that actually works, most give mild relief, so I generally find them to be a waste of time, and I find an ordinary boiled sweet will suffice.


                        I tend to suffer with a sore throat several times through a year, which is contracted from changes in temperature, pollution, and general illness. Sometimes it can just feel uncomfortable and plenty of fluids will help to clear it, and other times it is more severe or persistent, and in these cases I find myself looking for extra relief. I hate having a sore throat, as it means I am unable to eat without feeling discomfort, and I struggle to talk, which is a relief for some.


                        In severe cases I generally opt for a spray which directly attacks the infection. In other times where the sore throat is mild to moderate, I will seek an alternative to find comfort and relief. It's not often that I try sore throat sweets, however, when I happened to notice the Jakemans Throat and Chest sweets I thought I would give them a try. They are specifically designed for giving relief to throat and chest discomfort. They are relatively cheap at around 65p for a 100g bag, which is generally how much you expect to pay for this kind of product. Unlike their counterparts they are packaged in a bag, which makes accessing the sweets a little easier. The sweets are individually wrapped in clear wrappers, so you can put a handful in your pocket or bag to take about with you when needs be.


                        The sweets look quite powerful with their black colouring, and I did wonder how strong the flavour would be. They are blended with Menthol, Aniseed and Eucalyptus oil, which gives them a unique potent heady taste, and they have a pleasant aniseed scent to them which isn't overpowering. They are a bit of an acquired taste, so you will need to like aniseed in order to be able to benefit from these sweets. Luckily for me, I love aniseed.

                        When I first sampled these I did find them to be a little overpowering, and it did take a little while to get used to the taste. After my initial thoughts of them being vile, I soon got used to the taste and started to feel the benefits, the solid sweet was already soothing my sore throat which was surprising, and the menthol vapours cleared my airways making me feel much better. I found after sucking on a few of these over several hours my symptoms were starting to subside, my throat was feeling much better, I was pleased, as I never expected such positive results. My sore throat had cleared and I hadn't even consumed a third of the bag during the course of my illness.


                        These have become my favourite menthol sweet as they are fast and effective, as well as being inexpensive. After the first one you will feel the benefits, and only a few are needed to help soothe a sore throat and help clear your chest. After taking one, the flavour will remain for sometime after, however, you will find that you won't need to be reaching for another one for some time either as they continue to work. I am really delighted with these menthol sweets, as they get to work right away, helping alleviate discomfort.


                        Jakemans products are natural and they are free from harsh chemicals, no artificial colours or flavours are present here, which is favourable with me. Another advantage is that they are also suitable for vegetarians. Plus they are effective and actually soothe throat and chest symptoms. They are available in five other flavours which are Menthol and Eucalyptus, Cherry and Menthol, Honey and Lemon, and Blueberry Menthol. The Throat and Chest sweets seem to be the most popular, and are widely available from major supermarkets, and chemists.


                        ~*~Ingredients For those Interested~*~

                        Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Menthol Crystals, Aniseed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Flavours & Colour E153

                        -Nutritional Information-

                        Typical Values per 100g
                        Energy 397kcal/1689kj
                        Protein Nil
                        Carbohydrate 98.8g
                        Fat 0.2g
                        Suitable for Vegetarians

                        100g - £0.65

                        www.jakemans.com

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                        Jakeman's Throat & Chest 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.