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I've got a scary number of years' experience in teaching and I've learned the hard way how important it is for me to protect my voice. I've suffered frequent bouts of laryngitis over the years which is frustrating and painful. Well, it is for me. Hubby says he likes the peace and quiet :-P
A friend introduced me to Ricola throat lozenges many years ago and I've sworn by them ever since. I always keep some in my handbag and I seem to give out as many as I use myself as they provide such instant relief.
My favourite flavours are Original and Elderflower, but this review focuses on the Lemon and Mint variant.
Like all Ricola variants, the Lemon and Mint lozenges are available in tubes (as individually wrapped products), bags (again with individually wrapped products) or little boxes (loose product). I always prefer the latter as I find the lozenges don't go as gunky when exposed to air as those in individual wax paper wrappings. I call the boxes 'cigarette boxes' as they're almost identical in size to a pack of cancer sticks.
The Lemon and Mint lozenges come in pale yellow packaging. They contain lemon balm and mint in addition to the regular, patented mix of Ricola herbs. They also contain menthol.
As much as I love the Ricola brand, and as much as I find their lozenges a lifesaver, I really can't stand the Lemon and Mint flavour! I've bought them accidentally on a number of occasions as the packaging (pale yellow) is so similar to the Original variant packaging (pale orange).
In my opinion, anything with mint in it should contain no other flavours. Mint is mint. I like mint toothpaste, I like mint sweets; but once you add other flavours in with mint I think it tastes like I've just brushed my teeth and then eaten something. If you've ever made the mistake of drinking orange juice *straight after* brushing your teeth you may have some empathy with me!
I know I'm in a minority. I know mint flavoured chocolate is a big seller, and these Lemon and Mint Ricola probably are too, but I really can't stand the taste.
Hubby and I have a running joke for when something is 'him-proof' or 'her-proof'. He can't stand the Elderflower Ricola (which I love) so they're 'him-proof' and he knows my opinion of the Lemon and Herb variety. Therefore he stocks up on these safe in the knowledge that I'll never touch them!
Ricola lozenges are excellent for soothing the throat and stopping irritating tickly coughs. To be honest, if no other flavour was available I would suck these, but I wouldn't like it! The product is fantastic, it's just this particular flavour that I don't personally like.
The product gets 5 stars for effectiveness but I have to deduct one for this variant because of it's yuckiness to my personal taste buds.
I have had a sore throat for about three days now so when me and my fiancé popped into Tesco yesterday to get something for our dinner I decided to see what throat lozenges they had to offer.
After having a quick look at all of the different ones I ended up picking this pack up. To be honest I only picked it up because I was quite overwhelmed by the choice and couldn't be bothered spending ages choosing a pack of lozenges! I did make sure they were sugar free though and of course I made sure that they weren't too expensive!!
I paid £1.39 for the 45 gram pack and there are 20 of the lozenges inside the pack, which is more than enough to last me for at least a week! They are quite yummy so I could easily eat them one after the other but I have restrained myself so far and I've only had a couple when my sore throat starts to become uncomfortable.
The lozenges taste just like sweets and they look like sweets, too. They remind me of hard boiled fruit drops! They are round and have the letter R on them, which obviously stands for the brand name, Ricola. Because of the hard texture you need to suck them, which I find good as this makes them last a lot longer. After time they will shrink and then they are easy to chew up without making my teeth hurt.
The lozenges smell amazing and they taste lovely too. Obviously the main flavour is lemon, which tastes surprisingly natural and sweet, and the flavour of mint is also noticeable but not too much so, which I am glad about as I was a little bit worried that the taste of mint would be too strong. The minty, citrussy smell of the sweet as I suck it clears my airways, and my sore throat is sorted within a few minutes of sucking one of these. They do also leave my tounge feeling quite numb but I don't really mind, I am just grateful for the relief from my sore throat they provide!
Each lozenge has got six calories in it, which is not much at all and also they have added vitamin c in them. I would definitely recommend these lozenges as they aren't too expensive, they taste and smell great and they stop my throat from hurting! They also make my breath smell quite nice :)
When I first heard of Ricola's herbal sweets, I didn't think that they sounded that appealing. I thought they were the sort of thing you might try and eat because they were healthy, or at least healthier than other sweets, rather than because they tasted really nice. I then tried the Elderflower flavour, because normally I love that taste, and I was pleasantly surprised at how refreshing and nice the sweets actually were. I decided to try out some of the other flavours and a special offer in my local convenience store allowed me to do just that. I paid 69p for a 45g box, with the normal retail price there being £1.49. I decided to buy a couple of different versions, but the lemon mint one I am reviewing today has proved my favourite.
Ricola is a Swiss company specialising in herbal products. They say that they gather their organically grown herbs in the "pure air" of the Swiss Alps. The herb drops are all based around their special herb mixture. When I went to their website to find out what these herbs were, it made me smile. They say that their herb blend is a well kept secret, before listing the herbs used elsewhere on the site! I suppose it is the exact balance between the herbs that makes the mix unique. The herbs are - horehound, thyme, mallow, lady's mantle, peppermint, elder, sage, yarrow, burnet, speedwell, marshmallow, cowslip and plantain. Individually, I really dislike some of those herbs, and others I love but the combination of them all works well as no individual flavour overtakes the others.
The sweets come in a little box that looks like a cigarette carton. I really like that format as it is easy to find in your bag when you are rooting around for them. The sweets don't seem to end up in the bottom of my bag either. The little browny-amber coloured sweets are individually wrapped inside the box which helps to keep them from going sticky. I have seen other flavours of Ricola lozenges in plastic bags rather than boxes but I hope they aren't moving all their packaging to plastic. The boxes can be recycled easily and the bags can't.
I love lemon and mint so a sweet that combined the two really appealed to me. When I opened my box, I could smell a beautiful scent. It remnded me straight away of the herb lemon balm, and the taste does too. When I read the pack ingredients I saw that this herb is included in these particular sweets, along with both lemon and mint of course. I would say that the lemon taste is the strongest but you can detect the mint too. It overcomes the base herb mixture so you can't taste that as much as in the other Ricola sweets that I have tried. This would probably be a good one to try if the herbal aspect doesn't really appeal to you! The overall flavour is really fresh and zingy and pleasantly intense. I love the way it lingers in my mouth for a long time after I have finished the little sweet. Eating the lozenge in itself takes a good amount of time if you suck slowly as they are hard and slow to "melt" away. It is a great travelling sweet for that reason. [I often get travel sick on long car journeys, and having something to suck helps to distract me, as well as refresh my mouth.]
The sweets are sugar free and contain added vitamin C. [500mg per 100g] I can't really tell if that makes much of a difference but I am sure a little extra can't do me harm. I know that a lot of people use these if they have a sore throat although the packaging doesn't say specifically it is meant to cure that. The sweets are just called "refreshing" which they definitely are. I do find that if my throat is dry, sucking one of these makes it feel better but I think most hard sweets that last a while would do the same. I noticed that when I accidently went to Ricola's USA website, they do actively describe the sweets as offering "relief from cold and flu symptoms" as well as "seasonal allergies", a claim that is dropped on the British version of the site. I suspect this is due to different legal requirements as to what can be regarded as a medicine in those countries. I can't say they offer relief from cold or flu symptoms for myself, bar the relief of a dry throat. They do taste better than most throat seets though! I should also add that while the sweets don't contain added sugar, they do contain artificial sweeteners. Lastly, you are advised not to eat too may of these at once as they may have a laxative effect. I thankfully have not noticed that!
Overall, I would definitely recommend these to lovers of lemon and mint, as the combined taste is delicious. The sweets are refreshing and last a long time. They often seem to be on offer somewhere and some flavours seem to end up in the poundshops in the bags that I mentioned. I haven't sadly seen the lemon mint ones there yet. You can however buy them in health food shops, supermarkets, and some newsagents too.
Suitable for vegetarians, gluten free and kosher.
Ricola are a brand of cough drops and breath sweets which come from Switzerland and have the main ingredient of menthol as the aid to healing sore throats. I always spotted these in my local chemist, and last time when I had a bit of a crusty voice I decided to pick up a box of the LemonMint Variety and give them a go!
They are essential herbal cough drops and look like a hard boiled sweet. I am yet to try the original variety or any of the other flavours, but these are round and oval shaped and a decent size to easily pop one in your mouth when on the go. They are easy to suck, and I do try to suck them for as long as possible as I know that it is working and will soothe my throat effectively, but they taste so nice I can barely suck them for a minute or so before I find myself start to crunch and munch!
Oddly enough I first picked up the pack thinking they were just lemon and later noticed the flavour is actually Lemon Mint and thought this was rather an odd combination. Sucking on the sweets they do taste lemony and are quite tangy but not overly so for a really sour taste fortunately. It is only once I being to tuck into chomping into them, I gather more of the minty flavour and this seems more as an aftertaste and is not off putting. I assume it is due to the menthol factor in the sweet which gives it this additional flavour but actually these two combine really well for a unique flavour of a lozenge that doesn't taste too medicinal.
In terms of effectiveness, contains 13 natural swiss herbs (Elder, Horehound, Mallow, Peppermint, Sage, Thyme,
Cowslip, Burnet, Yarrow, Marsh Mallow, Lady's Mantle, Speedwell, and Plantain! Yeah I don't know what most of these are, but oddly enough these can't be tasted this really does taste like a sweet!) which are an important factor in the composition of these sweets. I must say I have found them to be effective, and a tickly throat soon disappears with a few of these and I am feeling all the better!
A box of 20 costs about £1.50 and can be bought from pharmacists, supermarkets and health stores like Holland & Barrett so these are widely accessible. I'd definitely recommend them as they taste nice, are all natural and are effective at soothing my sore/tickly throat and taste much better than strepsils and the like!
Ricola is a swiss brand who make a variety of flavoured lozenges which I find useful when suffering with a sore throat, or just as a general sweet to suck while driving on long journeys.
The brand is fairly different to other brands of throat lozenges as the contents come in a small cardboard box about the size of a pack of cards. These open at the top like a cigarette packet would, and have a clever packaging design which stops the pack coming open if you carry them around in a coat pocket or handbag.
They are herbal sweets, made from 13 different herbs, and they contain a small amount of vitamin C in each lozenge to make you feel they are kind of healthy rather than being a naughty sweet. They are sugar free, but do contain the artificial sweetener aspartame which I know some people do their best to avoid. I am not too fussy about it myself as I figure it is only a small amount as each lozenge is 2.5g.
Within the pack, there is about 20 lozenges, and these are available in shops like Tesco for around £1.39, though currently they are half pric at Tesco at only 69p. I think the price is a little high compared to other brands, but I find other tubes of lozenges often come wrapped in paper, and I never eat the whole pack in one go. By the time I go back, they are a sticky mess and not that appealing. These stay nice within the packet however long I leave them, though that might not be that long if my kids get there hands on them.
The taste of these lozenges is a little sweet and citrussy at first, then I find that I get a strong taste of the menthol flavouring which starts to make my mouth feel a little warm and slightly numb, before sort of going back into a more citrussy flavour. The lozenges are like hard boiled sweets. They are a oval shape, and they are nice to suck rather than crunch, and I find them a bit hard to crunch when you first put one in your mouth.
I find that if I am a bit congested, it does ease it a little but not fully, and I do find the lozenges soothing on my throat. This lemon mint variety is one of the weaker ones for me, as I tend to prefer the menthol (blue packet), cranberry (red) or the elderflower (purple) compared to these ones. Not that these ones are inedible, just it feels a little harsher in taste.
Something to note with these are they are low calorie at only 6 calories per lozenge, and they contain 0g of fat or sugar so they are suitable for people who are following low fat or low carbohydrate diets. ( I work one lozenge out at 2.4g of carbs.) I would also point out that they contain phenylalanine which a small minority of people have to avoid, and they can also have a laxative effect if you have too many. Excessive is defined as 10 drops in 1-2 hours. I don't think I could face eating this many in such a short period of time unless I want to feel like I've had mouth numbing jabs at the dentist so I've avoided this myself.
I think these are a good alternative to other throat lozenges o the market. I would always go for the other flavours first myself as the combination is not quite me, but these are palatable and soothe sore throat symptoms for me.
Just recently I have found this wonderful brand called Ricola. My love affair started when I was recently in my local Tesco store and these sweets were being given out to try and I ended up loving and buying loads of boxes of the Elderflower sweets though since then I have become addicted to all of the flavours!
These are what I am sucking on at the moment as I type out this review actually and I paid around about 69p for my box which I think is an absolute steal though I have heard of people paying more like £1.50 a box though I am not sure why that is to be honest!
The packaging of these is nice enough and the sweets come in an oblong box with a flap style matching lid and the colourscheme of these is yellow and on the front of the box we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and there is a picture of one of the sweets shown along with a picture of some herbs then other information listed includes being told a bit about the sweets, an at a glance nutritional chart and full nutritional chart is stated, ingredients are given, the weight of the sweets is also given which is 45g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice packaging this is.
Well there are hard boiled oval and light lemon in colour looking sweets and each is engraved with a fancy letter R and they have a really nice citrus fragrance to them.
These taste fantastic too, just as the smell would suggest in fact. Really lemony in a natural way with a hint of mint that isn't in your face or too strong but definitely there type of thing. They are refreshing, tangy and naturally sweet and very moreish and you can crunch them up or suck them....that bit is up to you!
They only contain 6 calories per sweet and lots of natural herbs though we are not privy to what those may be sadly and I for one would actually like to know that information!
I am addicted to these! I think they are great quality and not unhealthy add to that they contain natural goodness and are also suitable for diabetics (as far as I can make out) and yup I shall continue to enjoy these for the foreseeable future!
Available in good chemists and supermarkets and so on!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Ricola are natural, healthy herbal drops and according to their literature it is the world's best-selling herbal confectionery. The thing I like about these drops is that they contain only 6 calories per sweet so if you need something sweet to suck on these are not as bad for you as other boiled sweets you can get.
I generally keep a bag of sweets in my car glove compartment for times when those long journeys get a bit boring and I need something to not only freshen my mouth but to also soothe a bit of a dry throat. I don't really have a drink in my car apart from water which I just sip as I would always need to stop to go to the toilet so I keep these in my car when I need something to moisten up my mouth. I try not to keep a really nice bag in my car as if I had one I would end up eating the whole bag so I keep a bag of these in there because they are nice but not my favourite sweets in the world and so just one or two now and again suffices and so the bag lasts for longer than one car journey!
The sweets are basically a boiled sweet and are hard so your only option is to suck them until they get to the point where you can crunch them which is always fun. Usually I go for the original flavour but they were out of stock when I came to replenish this time so I decided to try the lemon mint flavour. The taste is an interesting one. Each drop is said to contain a unique blend of 13 natural swiss herbs, not too sure what the herbs are but I like that they are all natural and different from say a sugary manufactured drop. You would think that lemon mint is a strange combination but for me it really works. You definitely get the lemony sensation first and then the taste you are left with afterwards is more of a slight menthol minty tang which is nice. Like I've said above you can't eat the whole bag, I think you would get sick of the taste after that but they are really nice for refreshing your mouth.
The sweets are oval shape and have a bit of a thickness to them and so fit into your mouth nicely and are quite easy to suck. I like that these are more of a natural product than regular sweets as according to the packet the thirteen herbs are grown in the beautiful and tranquil mountains of Switzerland.
You can find these in Holland and Barrett's and Boots stores as well for about £1.50 a packet and are a nice treat from Switzerland that I recommend
My job involves doing a lot of talking so I often end up with a sore throat and in need of a throat sweet or two to get me through the day. I usually stick to whichever lozenges I see first in Tescos (Halls Soothers, Strepsils, Tunes etc) but when I saw these in Holland and Barrett recently I thought I might as well give them a try.
I paid £1.69 for a 45g box which contained 19 drops. They come in a cardboard box similar to a cigarette packet but slightly smaller, which is very handbag friendly although it does mean that the sweets rattle around when there aren't many of them left in there. The box describes the sweets as 'Refreshing and Great Tasting through a mix of 13 Natural Swiss herbs' and states that the drops contain vitamin C and no artificial colours or flavours. I was attracted to the use of natural ingredients in these drops as I often find that throat sweets can taste very artificial and medicinal, so I thought I'd give these a go.
Taste-wise, I was intrigued by the idea of 'LemonMint' flavour sweets as I didn't think that the two flavours would go very well together. I was wrong though, and the combination of flavours makes these drops really refreshing. I'd say the main flavour is lemon, with a subtle minty taste that comes through after sucking for a few seconds. Unlike many other throat sweets, these do not taste medicinal, and I could actually see myself eating these just as sweets!
As well as tasting good, these herb drops do the job and soothe my throat when it's feeling a bit sore. I'd probably use a stronger sweet (e.g. Strepsils) if I had a really sore throat, but these are really good if you've just got a bit of a sore throat.
As these are sugar free, an additional bonus of these lozenges is that they each contain just 6 calories (per 2.5g drop) and no fat. My box has a use by date of October 2014, although I'll definitely have eaten them all long before then!
Overall, I'd definitely recommend these drops.
Ricola's sugar-free drops come in various flavours (like cranberry, elderflower and original) and this is my review of the Lemon Mint flavour.
You can buy them in Holland and Barrett, Sainsbury's and a few other shops but they're often hard to track down. In Sainsbury's they cost £1.22, their price tends to vary from 99p to £1.50 depending on where you buy them.
Each packet is 45g and you get approximately 18 individual per box. The box is a bit like a slim cigarette packet so I find they easily fit in pockets and bags for taking out and about. The sweets inside never get stuck together although if they've rattled around a lot some of them may be a bit chipped.
These herbal sweets are made in Switzerland (which is why I bought lots to stock up while I was visiting Switzerland last year!) and they claim to have a unique mixture of 13 different herbs.
The Lemon Mint variety is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and are produced in a nut-free environment.
The packet warns against excessive consumption which may produce laxative effects (e.g. don't eat more than 10 drops in 1-2 hours).
The picture of the sweet on the outside of the packet is more or less the actual size and each one has an R printed on both sides.
They have a fresh lemony scent to them, not in a cleaning-fluid way though!
When I first tried one the taste immediately reminded me of honey and lemon Strepsils, so much so that I had to double check that the packet didn't contain any honey! They have a strong citrus taste but with the kick of mint to them and a slight herbal taste. While eating they really made my mouth water so they're perfect if you have a dry mouth.
After eating one I had a really fresh tasting mouth but I also fancied another one! Not because they're really more-ish but simply because they're sweet and taste nice.
I'm not sure what all the herbs in these drops are supposed to do but they left me feeling refreshed, cheerful and good about myself (because I'd satisfied a sweet craving by using a sugar-free sweet, I'd cheated my taste buds!).
Overall, they're great as sweets to use while travelling or if you fancy something a bit different.
(per 2.5g drop)
Calories - 6kcal
Sugar, Fat, Saturates, Sodium - 0g
Isomalt, citric acid, vitamin C, extract of lemon balm (0.3%) and Ricola's herb mixture, natural flavours, sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame-K), colour (beta-carotene).
I'm a big fan of Ricola's products in general, and whenever I spy a new flavour, I make sure to try it out.
The Lemon Mint variety is my least favourite of the ones I have tried, though. Perhaps it is because they are less interesting than others; perhaps it is because they have that not-entirely-pleasant 'sugar-free' taste to them. In general, I find that Ricola lozenges have eliminated this problem.
They do taste fresh and lemony. I have a feeling that they would be nicer without the mint element, as both flavours are very strong. It would have worked better maybe with one flavour taking the helm and the other in the background as a compliment.
The familiar Ricola herb mixture flavour is hard to detect in these too, although it is there if you look for it. These are high quality sweets for sure, but personally I won't be buying them again; not as long as the elderflower and cranberry versions exist anyway!
It's probably also worth noting that Ricola lozenges are rather a premium product; they are fairly hard to find and don't seem to be imported in large amounts yet. Thus, they are fairly expensive. On that grounds, I'd encourage you to try a different flavour first.
Ricola herbs are cultivated in carefully selected locations / This guarantees the best quality and purity of the herbs