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Mars Tunes Blackcurrant Sugar Free Throat Lozenges

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      20.02.2013 19:24
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      Taste nice but poor results

      I'm a huge fan of throat sweet and as soon as I feel the tiniest of niggles I go out and buy a new packet. I think I must of tried every different brand and flavour going! The most recent were these sugar free blackcurrant Tunes.

      The sugar free blackcurrant flavour of Tunes are available to purchase from supermarkets, newsagents, I purchased mine from a local chemist. A pack of these will cost around 50 pence. There aren't any side effects from taking these once in a while but if you have one after the other they do act as a laxative.

      The tunes come in a rectangular shaped cardboard box, to get into the packaging you just lift the top part of the box up and it will reveal a big hole where you can get the individual lozenges out. The main colour of the packaging is purple to tie in with the blackcurrant flavour. I'm not sure how many lozenges come inside the box, but it's a 37g box and I would estimate at around 10-15.

      After opening the box up you are met with the purple lozenges that are oval in shape and a couple of centimetres long, the colour of these lozenges is gorgeous! The small is quite strong after opening the packaging and they do smell like blackcurrant. I find the taste of these is quite subtle compared to the smell as I was expecting them to be quite strong but they aren't, although they are sugar free, they still have a sweet taste to them.

      I usually use throat sweets as soon as I get a niggle in my throat. These Tunes aren't a great way of relieving the scratchy feeling I get as they don't work very well. They contain menthol which is a well known ingredient in cough and cold remedies but it isn't a great help at soothing sore throats. I think these Tunes are more of a general cold sweet rather than a specific throat sweet.

      I love the taste of these sugar free blackcurrant Tunes and would say they are one of my favourite tasting throat lozenges but the effects are pretty poor on sore throats. If you are like me and use having a sore throat as an excuse to munch through throat sweets then these could be for you, however if you are looking at relieving a sore throat I wouldn't recommend buying these.

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        19.07.2012 22:32
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        Great stuff

        I have been buying of late a couple of boxes of Mars Tunes and the particular flavour I like are their blackcurrant flavour. I get these for 49p from my Tesco Extra store. The box is relatively small, at 37g. I like the packaging of these menthol lozenges, as they are not like the Tunes of old and in a packet and square shaped. These are in a cardboard box with a little lid that flips up and over. The only comparison I can make is the small boxes of Poppets that my little lad loves to eat on a regular basis.

        I like to eat these, (or suck on these) if and when my throat is sore, as it has been lately. I talk quite a bit at work and I am on the phone a lot and my throat can get dry and sore and this is when I find these little sweets helps me a lot.

        They are not square shaped, as I say, like the traditional Tune - they are an oval in shape with a small dent in the centre. They are deep purple in colour and the idea is to suck gently until the whole lozenge has melted away in your mouth.

        I inevitably chew before I get to the end (much like a do a Rowntree's Fruit Pastille) but if I do manage to suck right down, I am rewarded with the gooey interior, which gives me a pure blackcurrant hit right at the back of the throat. This is what soothes my soreness mostly and it is very soothing indeed and makes my throat feel a whole lot better.

        I am sure these lozenges have not been about for too long, unless I have just not spotted them in the shops. They work really well and I also like the fact that the menthol taste in them is not too strong, either, as some throat lozenges can be. I suck these on and off all day long if my throat is particular bad. They are sugar free so for me this is great as I am still trying to lose weight.

        Overall, I have nothing really negative to say about these great little lozenges. They do a grand job, there are plenty in the box and they are a good price to boot.

        Great stuff.

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          19.07.2012 14:19
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          When I've come down with a cough, cold or flu, invariably a sore throat accompanies it and in those desperate times of need I reach for a box of tunes and turn to them to offer me some form of slight relief. I can cope with runny noses, fevers, the lot but I find sore throats to be one of the most painful ailments ever, when your tonsils swell up and the whole of your throat feels like it's on fire, not the happiest of times I'm sure you can agree. When I'm suffering like that you'll usually find me lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself, with a box of tissues on hand and a range of lozenges and various other remedies on standby. I'm picky when it comes to flavours and tend to opt away from cough and cold medicines as they usually taste vile, tunes on the other hand are considerably more tasty and I find I can suck away on one with no complaints.

          I've seen cherry tunes but the variety I will be reviewing here today is the blackcurrant and menthol version. The lozenges come in a little cardboard box with a sort of flip up lid, the box is bright purple with the tunes logo clearly displayed and a picture of the lozenges underneath. We are told that they are also sugar free so I imagine fine for people with diabetes. The actual lozenges themselves are oval in shape with a slight indent in the middle, they are deep purple and relatively small so won't overcrowd your mouth. As soon as you begin sucking on them you will be met with a deep fruity flavour that is slightly reminiscent of concentrated ribena, there is also a hit of menthol undertones but this isn't the most noticeable flavour and isn't overpowering in any way. The lozenges are best if you suck them but if you happen to give them a bit of a chew you'll discover a slightly gooey middle.

          They last quite a while of intense sucking, gradually getting smaller and smaller before disolving completely in your mouth. I do find that they soothe quite well as you're sucking them and this relief lasts for a while after the sweet is gone. I imagine the gooey middle helps to coat your throat and this is what causes the soothing sensation. Each box is 37g and will set you back around 46p at various tesco stores. Overall I would say that tunes work well in the short term but you may find yourself munching through a few boxes during the course of your cold. 4/5 stars.

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          05.03.2012 12:11

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          All I can say is that you are all very lucky to be able to buy them! Since the packaging changed I have never managed to find any blackcurrant ones, I've only ever seen cherry flavour in boxes.Various shopkeepers when asked say "there is no call for them"!

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          17.02.2012 10:41
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          I'd buy them again, but only for minor symptoms.

          I had a horrible cold at the start of the year which left me feeling pretty miserable and run-down. At the time, I bought several over-the-counter medicines in a bid to try and help some of my symptoms.

          One of the worst symptoms I was suffering from at the time was a very dry throat, which felt quite tickly and scratchy. I felt that it was quite uncomfortable to talk (so I tended not to - much to my husband's delight..!!) as a result of my throat being so dry. I thought that using some sort of lozenge or throat pastille might help to alleviate these symptoms and make my throat feel a little more comfortable. I actually bought two types of throat lozenge at the time, one of which was from the well-known range of "Tunes" lozenges. There was only one flavour option available to me at the time, which was blackcurrant.

          I paid around 70 pence for the small, 37g oblong-shaped package of Tunes from a local (independent) pharmacy store. I didn't count the lozenges but I would estimate there are around a dozen in the package, so I don't think the price is particularly excessive. I have also bought the blackcurrant Tunes (and a cherry-flavoured alternative) from my local grocery store in the past, as well as other drugstores and some supermarkets such as Sainsbury's and so I feel they are quite widely available.

          The lozenges are a dark purple colour and they look quite attractive. I can smell the blackcurrant flavouring from the lozenges quite easily as you would expect with a product aimed at clearing your blocked nose and helping your sore throat! The smell is very pleasant although I do think they smell quite sweet, and so felt slightly reassured that the Tunes Blackcurrant Lozenges are "Sugar Free" as I do worry about products like this having a detrimental effect on my dental health. I believe that the Tunes may cause a laxative effect if taken to excess, but I found that one lozenge every few hours was more than enough for me and wouldn't personally have been tempted to take any more than this anyway.

          I thought that the Tunes tasted very nice, and I do particularly enjoy blackcurrant flavoured sweets and drinks anyway so this was no surprise to me. I didn't find that they were overly sweet, nor were they sickly or bitter at all.

          The Blackcurrant Tunes contain menthol in their ingredients, which can have a positive effect if you are suffering from a heavy cold or a head cold. Menthol works well at combating the unpleasant 'stuffy' feeling in the nasal canals that I'm very familiar with as I suffer on and off with sinus problems. Using products containing menthol can help to alleviate the 'stuffy' feeling in the head and face that can be caused as a result of having sinus problems or a heavy cold, and I have found its use can be quite beneficial.

          To be honest, the worst of the symptoms I was experiencing at the time was in relation to my throat as I mentioned earlier, so I didn't particularly notice any huge difference to my nose/head/sinuses after using the Blackcurrant Tunes recently, as they weren't particularly affected by the cold I was suffering from at that time. I was aware of the presence of the menthol when I was sucking on one of the Tunes lozenges however, and found its cooling qualities felt very pleasant in my tender throat and blocked nasal passages.

          In terms of my tickly, dry throat, I found the Blackcurrant Tunes worked quite well with alleviating the dry feeling, but I didn't feel they offered any sort of benefit to the tickling or scratching feeling that I was experiencing at the time. I have came to the conclusion therefore, that the lozenges offered some sort of lubrication to my tender , dry throat but I felt that any benefit I had felt was extremely short-lived. For this reason, I abandoned using the Tunes after only a day, and sought out an alternative medication with a little more 'oomph' to help combat the unpleasant 'tickling' that I was suffering from.

          In conclusion, I would buy the Tunes again if I was suffering from a more minor cold-related ailment, such as a runny nose, or a dry throat. For any symptoms that are worse than this however, I find the lozenges are fairly ineffective and don't do enough to ward of my symptoms. In an emergency, or if nothing else was to hand, I would certainly use the Tunes and I did like the fact that they were sugar free as many other lozenges are not.

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            13.02.2012 22:42
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            Recommended for a reasonably mild soar throat

            I was surprised to see these in their fancy new packaging as I always remember these being in a standard sweet pack with each sweet individually wrapped in their little paper wrapper. The lozenges themselves have also changed. They used to be square but are now oval in shape. This I find is a better shape as the move more smoothly around my mouth as the chunky square ones used to hit against my pallet. That shape would sometimes irritate an already sore mouth as most people will turn to these to try and sooth a sore throat or irritatingly trickily cough. 

            The small cardboard box that these lozenges come it small enough for anyone to carry in their pocket or handbag. The box has a clear cellophane covering and then once that's removed there is a hinged like lid that opens to reveal the sweets and their lovely menthol scent. And then closes back down covering the opening sufficiently enough to keep them protected but if you happen to tip the box upside down, or they happen to shift in your bag they will spill every wear. Another thing is if you do carry these around in your pocket they will soon heat up and become tacky. Strangely I have never counted how many lozenges come in each box but there is enough that you don't feel ripped off.

            When it comes to taste these taste exactly as I remember them from growing up. They have a lovely, strong, comforting taste. They not only sooth my throat they also help me breath a little easier (through my nose that is). The lozenge has a somewhat fruity flavour but the overwhelming taste is of menthol. These glass like hard boiled sweets are always tempting to have a good old crunch on, but I find they of course last longer but you feel the effects better if you suck them. Do this at least until they become tiny little things, then crunch away. For a very bad sore throat where it feels like you have swallowed a spoonful of glass every time you swallow these really don't help. I would avoid any sweet or lozenge other than Strepsils when it comes to that kind of situation . The reason I prefer Strepsils is that they have an antiseptic, numbing ingredient that really helps when your throat is in shreds. But for a trickily, itchy cough. Or a bunged up nose these are good for that.

            They are also just a nice winter sweet. These like all products sweetened with artificial sweeteners can have a laxative effect if consumed in excessive amounts. I have never had this problem while eating these sweets but I do know that diabetics can be very sensitive to artificial sweeteners and do regularly suffer this side effect.

            Plus one other more positive thing worth adding is that these lozenges make your breath very sweet smelling. They mask any strong food odour, even garlic.
            So suck on one of these then feel free to kiss away. That's what I'll be doing.

            Thanks for reading :0) 2night

            These can be bought in most Boots stores for around 90p a box

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              13.02.2012 13:59
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              Throat sweets for times of need

              I remember when Tunes came in a tube rather than a box and each sweet was individually wrapped in white paper. The packets have changed and the sweets have got a bit bigger but the overall quality of the product remains. Whenever I have a sore throat that tickles and niggles, I always buy a packet of Tunes to soothe it.

              ==Price and availability==

              The Tunes come in 37g boxes and come in a variety of flavours. They are priced at 59p each and are available from chemists and supermarkets. I am not sure how many you get in a box but you get quite a few for less than 60p.

              ==Description==

              Each sweet is oval shaped and has the taste and feel of a hard boiled sweet. You can get a variety of flavours and my favourites are the cherry and the blackcurrant ones. They taste really sweet and fruity with a medicated hit afterwards. The blackcurrant ones are purple and taste of blackcurrant and menthol flavours. The menthol soothes my sore throat and also helps open my sinuses. These sweet are best sucked slowly to allow the menthol flavours to slowly do their job. If you bite them they can crack and cause you to cut the roof of your mouth which can be quite painful. The black currant ones are smooth and are not sticky. Each sweet is no longer wrapped invididually like they used to be but I have not found them sticking together.

              ==My experiences==

              Some days I just have to go in to work and I do not like sick days. However I also hate irritating the office with my persistent coughing. While sucking on a tune it stops my throat feeling as prickly and scratchy so it helps me stop coughing. It also helps soothe the pain of a sore throat and coats it. The menthol in the sweets helps to unblock my nose and helps me breathe more easily.

              I love the flavour of tunes. They taste really nice; sweet and fruity. The cherry ones taste more like sweets than the blackcurrant ones and I have to be careful not to take too many! You should always read the label of the packet as it is not healthy to take too many of these but there are minimum side effects. These are listed clearly on the side of the box.

              Overall, I would definitely recommend these as they are full of flavour that lasts right up until the sweet has completely gone. They are a very reliable and consistent product that really help to take the edge off a tickley cough.    

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              12.02.2012 20:16
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              An ok relief for cold symptoms but not my favourite

              As the colder weather comes in you can guarantee with 5 of us in the house and 2 children at nursery we catch any bug going and being mummy of course we have to get on with things. This means I try anything and everything to try and ease the symptoms of the cold and that is when I came across these.
              Although they do not state how many you get in a box the box itself is 37 grams and normally this equals to around 10 tunes in each box.

              The box opens at the top and simply folds back over each time you have removed a sweet for easy storage. They cost around 60 pence for a box which is the average for the same type of products available. There are a few different flavours available with tunes so if you do not like blackcurrant I would have a look around and find a flavour to suit you.

              They are basically a boiled sweet that you suck and it releases the menthol that helps with symptoms of a sore throat and also to clear your nose and make it feel less bunged up. The sweets need to be sucked and this can take a good while until they are small enough and for me that is really had as I get the urge to chew them.

              One of the things I do not like about these is there is no liquid centre like similar products which is a shame as I find this coats the throat quicker and provides instant relief but these do work all the same they just take a little longer.

              They do not taste too good although there is a real sense of the flavour you have decided to buy this may be because I have a cold and cannot taste anything anyway but the sweets have a more bitter taste than sweet which is just not my cup of tea. Although they are sugar free and better for you while you're poorly the last thing you want to do is be sucking on something you do not like it just makes it even worse.

              After around a minute of popping one into my mouth I can feel them start to work my throat slowly begins to numb and therefore feel a lot better. As the sweet begins to get smaller and it has sat in my mouth for a little longer my throat continues to numb until my sore throat has disappeared and slowly you can feel it being to work on my nose. Although it does not completely cure my bunged up nose they began to make my nose noticeably easier to breathe freely and over all give e a sense of feeling a little better.

              The effects seem to last around half an hour with me slowly I can feel all my symptoms coming back and although it does not state on the box how many you are able to take as with all similar products if you take to many of these it is not good and eventually after taking too many they can begin to act as a laxative so I left a few hours between each one just in case.

              Over all these are a short term effective solutions for the symptoms of cold and flu but they are not for me just because of the taste. I actually prefer soothers because of the sweet taste and I find they have more of an effect on me but I do purchase these second if my preferred soothers are not available as they have the desired effect.

              Ingredients
              Sweeteners (isomalt, sucralose), citric acid, blackcurrant juice, flavouring, vitamin C, menthol, colours (E163).

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              09.02.2012 21:00
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              Helps for short periods

              For some reason the general cold seems to have ecape me all winter until now that it!! Feeling pretty lousy I have been looking for anything to make me feel better and since I don't sleep well at the best of times I wanted something to help me sleep with my cold.

              I have been using both Lockets and Tunes to help me feel a little better through this cold although I tend to use the Tunes more on an evening to keep my nose clear before going to bed since the slogan is "help you breathe more easily" I hoped they would work.

              Tunes come in a few different flavours, cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant but the blackcurrant are my favourite, the packaging now is a little box with a flip top lid which is coloured the same colour as the lozenges, the lozenges inside are oval shaped and are unwrapped. The packaging used to be a wrapper around small square lozenges which were individually wrapped and you do still sometimes see these.

              Tunes can be picked up in chemists and supermarkets although it seems that you can never get the whole range from one place, a box of the lozenges sets you back about 60p and the box holds 12 lozenges so this isn't bad value although I think you can guess from this that the effects are not likely to last very long.

              To use one of the lozenges you simply pop open the box which I should point out becomes less secure the more you open and close and so it is a good idea not to store it on it's side or upside down (in your handbag?) as the lozenges have been know to fall out. The lozenges are a rich purple in colour and they smell of blackcurrant, you pop the lozenge in your mouth and suck until it disappears. The lozenge tastes of blackcurrant and the lozenges do work pretty well, I have found the lozenges do manage to clear my nose well although the effects aren't very longlasting but they do tend to at least allow me to breathe whilst getting to sleep which is my main issue when I have a cold.

              I would recommend this product but if you have a really bad cold you would want something stronger as the effects aren't very long lasting, they taste nice and clear my nose for short periods although make sure you don't have too many as they can have laxitive effects.

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              12.01.2011 12:53
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              OK for a mild cold

              It seems like almost everybody I know has had some sort of cold this winter! I personally have had several, and they have all semed to linger around for ages. One of the lozenges I have been using to help to reduce the cold symptoms, has been Blackcurrant Tunes.

              Mars Blackcurrant flavoured, sugar free Tunes are a sweet lozenge designed to reduce the symptoms of a cold by providing temporary relief to sore throats and blocked noses, backed up by their advertising slogan of a few years back being 'Tunes - Help you breathe more easier'.

              The Tunes that I remember as a young lad came in a traditional paper wrapper, containing individually wrapped lozenges in a grease proof paper.
              This packaging however has now been replaced by a more modern looking cardboard box design, which has a lid which flips open to reveal the tunes - unwrapped!

              I do prefer the simplicity of the unwrapped tunes, as I can always remember messing about with the old wrappers trying to get them off the lozenge, which often proved difficult, especially if the tunes had been in a warmish area, and had started to melt a bit, the wrapper would stick to the lozenge in little areas, and I would often find bits of the wrapper in my mouth! Also I think it is a big benefit that there is no litter that needs to be discarded of after consuming each lozenge.
              However I think the new box could have been designed a little better with a harder fastening lid, as this is very prone to falling open, and letting the lozenges fall out. Also I suspect the shelf life of the unwrapped and exposed tunes is probably a little less than it was when they were individually wrapped.

              The price of these packets of tunes varies from place to place, and they are generally available from most chemists, newsagents, supermarkets, convenience stores etc, generally in a price range of 50p - 80p so it is worth shopping around for them.

              Each 37 gram box contains about 12 lozenges, and these are an inviting deep purple colour, and shaped in a nice curved and bevelled pattern they do look perfect. The idea is to suck on the lozenge until it has disintegrated in your mouth, but it is tempting to bite into the sweet, and munch it up, although this probably distracts from the medicinal benefits of sucking it.

              The taste is as you would expect - a strong blackcurrant flavour, with a sense of menthol, which always helps to soothe my throat temporarily. I have never really found these much use though in clearing a blocked nose, but it perhaps does helps a little. I tend to look at these as more of a sweet, then a medication, and would only really bother with these for a mild cold, and instead, opt for the extra kick and strength of Jakemans cough sweets, or even Strepsils for a more severe cold.
              Tunes main competitors are the likes of lockets, and halls, which are quite similar products, and there is not a lot of difference between them in my opinion.

              Overall they just about do the job, for a mild cold, and they do taste lovely and sweet, and leave the mouth feeling fresh afterwards. They are not really very good for you (similar to sweets in general), but they do contain a good source of Vitamin C.
              There is a warning on the packet that warns not to consume too many of the lozenges, as they can have laxative effects!

              There are also a couple of other flavours available such as cherry, and strawberry.


              Thanks for reading.

              © L500589 2011

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                14.11.2010 21:08
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                Give me the hard stuff.

                When I have colds I feel so sorry for myself and down and out that I end up trying every possible remedy to make myself feel better. I was racking the shelves of Boots last time my cold was in full flow and grabbing everything I could get my hands on and I grabbed some Tunes. It just shows how big the brand name is. If you asked me to name any throat lozenges I would instinctively say Tunes, they are just the first brand to come to mind. This may mean it is because they are so effective, but it also may just mean they have had huge advertising campaigns and lots of hype!

                Black current tunes come in a small cardboard box. It is rectangular and stands upright. The lid flips on and off. When you buy these in the shops you will see a plastic film around it so you know they are sealed and haven't been tampered with. A box costs between 70 and 80 pence. You can buy them from pharmacists, supermarkets and convenience stores.

                Inside the box the lozenges are hard boiled and round, with a small dip in the top. They are clear purple and black current in flavour and scent. They are very sweet, although they are sugar free so that is a bonus for your teeth and the dentist!

                The sweets-oppps I mean lozenges are really pleasant and nice to taste. They are meant to numb your throat a little to ease the pain and clear your airwaves. They do do this to a certain extent, but not hugely and in my opinion are more of a pleasant sort of remedy than a really effective grin and bear it cure.

                I probably wouldn't buy these again, as they didn't really do much for me, but at the same time they weren't unpleasant and didn't do me any harm.

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                13.11.2010 15:50

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                great product, but unobtainable in Tunbridge Wells

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                10.11.2010 23:39
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                Not for me

                I seldom suffer colds and therefore seldom need to take recourse to any products that offer relief from cold symptoms. However, having been passed a cold courtesy of colleagues, I have been feeling a little sorry for myself.

                By continuing to work, I haven't helped myself really; however, too much to do, too little time etc. As a consequence the cold has now taken hold and I have been feeling rather congested. I have bought some Tunes to try to ease the symptoms and I have some cold and flu powders to hand which I will take at bedtime.

                The Tunes I remember from old came in a long Spangles type pack, but these new Tunes - or new to me anyway - come loose in a little box in a flip-top 37g pack. The individual sweets are smaller than they used to be and they are oval now rather than the square ones that I remember. I was surprised that they weren't wrapped.

                Tunes are moulded boiled sweets that taste just the same as they used to and have a very strong blackcurrant flavour. I tried to suck them rather than break them so that I could get more benefit but to me they just tasted more like sweets and I didn't feel as it they were doing me much good.

                I remember the time when these were heavily marketed as a product which can help you breathe more easily and have to admit that I can recall those TV ads where the guy wanted a second class return to Dottingham - apologies to younger readers who won't have a clue what I am on about. My recollection of the effectiveness of the product does not match the slightly disappointing feedback I now have to give.

                I think there are other throat sweets which yield a better result and I can't see myself buying these again.

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                  18.10.2010 02:04
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                  With my recent bad cold I have gone through nearly every type of cough sweet on the market, including Tunes of course. Most people know Cherry Tunes but they seem to have branched out now and have three or four different flavours. Blackcurrant Tunes sounded nice so I added those to my collection of medicated sweets when I was still struggling with my cold. The Blackcurrant Tunes cost me 75p, are sugar free and come in a dark purple little box with a lid that flips open at the top. I think I might prefer sweets in a tube and individually wrapped though because if you drop these the lid opens they end up all over the place.

                  I thinks Halls are best to clear your nose and help you if you are feeling chesty and Lockets or Strepsils are good for sore throats. Tunes don't do any one thing brilliantly but are good to have around as a utility sweet when you have a cold. The menthol does clear your nose a little and they help take your mind off a sore throat while you are eating one even if they don't provide any great relief in this area. Tunes also give you a dose of Vitamin C which can't be bad if you have a cold. Tunes are very handy to have during a cold but you will need something stronger too as they won't numb your sore throat or help your chest in the way that some stronger medicated sweets do.

                  If I had a criticism of this product it would be that they don't taste as nice as you expect them to. Cherry Tunes taste like real sweets and Strawberry Tunes are very nice too but Blackcurrant Tunes are not quite as good. You get an initial blast of blackcurrant that is very pleasant but
                  overall I felt the sweets left me with an artificial taste in a manner that the other flavours of Tunes don't. I think the balance of artificial sweetners and flavourings was not quite as good in these.

                  Though I did welcome having a box of these around during my cold to chomp on inbetween Halls and Lockets, I think next time I come down with a cold I will stick to Cherry Tunes or buy the strawberry ones as I found these a little bit too sweet and artificial in taste.

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                  19.09.2010 14:55
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                  A welcolme relief from cold symptons

                  I'm sitting writing this review with a terrible sore throat and a blocked nose, a pile of tissues and a supply of Tunes.

                  My review is about Tunes Menthol Throat Sweets. They cost 69p from Superdrug but I paid a bit more for mine as I got them from a garage.

                  *The Packet*
                  Tunes no longer come in a tube they are now sold in a little "cigarette style" packet. Its covered in plastic and has the same flip top opening as ciggie packs. This isn't too effective really, I found it kept coming undone in my handbag.
                  Tunes is written across the front along with the flavour, in my case its Blackcurrant. They also do a cherry flavour. There is a picture of the sweets on the front along with the words sugar free. This is great for me being diabetic. On the back of the box we are told that Menthol comes from the Mint plant and Tunes combine this with blackcurrants.
                  The ingredients for those who are wanting to read them are printed on the side of the box.

                  *The Sweets*
                  I actually got 11 Tunes for my money. Hope it shouldn't have been a dozen and I was diddled!! Anyway the actual sweet is oval in shape and just looks like a purple coloured boiled fruit sweet. As I am blocked up I cant actually smell them but when I asked my Fiancé to take a sniff he assures me they just smell of blackcurrants and not actually "medical".
                  The first taste is just blackcurrant too, it takes a few seconds to get the menthol taste going. This isn't overly strong like some cough sweets its actually quite pleasant. You get that usual "cold air" feeling from these when you breathe which not only helps the stuffiness of a cold but it also quite pleasant for a hot burning sore throat.

                  These little sweets are a real relief for sore throats. They wont cure anything but they certainly do offer some relief. They moisten and ease the throat and help with a blocked stuffy nose. I think I prefer the Cherry flavour ones but the Blackcurrant work just as well

                  Tunes really do help you breathe more easily.

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