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I bought Halls Mentholyptus Sugar Free Citrus lozenges simply because they didn't have the ones I wanted in the shop and these looked like the next best thing. These sugar free sweets cost me the same amount as I would normally pay for my Halls throat lozenges, which is 52p for 9 sweets from my local petrol station. I will be honest, this is the first time I had seen this particular flavour of throat lozenges by Halls, and I wasn't even aware that they made them sugar free.
The packaging is quite bright and eye catching and just like with my usual Halls throat sweets, these are hard boiled, individually wrapped, square shaped sweets with a small indentation in the middle of each one. These taste just as nice as my normal Halls throat tablets, however, I have to admit that these all have a slightly milder taste in terms of the menthol hit which you get slightly more of in the traditional Halls sweets.
There is no way of knowing what flavour you have inside your little wrapped sweet, until you have actually taken the paper off. There are a variety of citrus based flavours in each tube, including lemon, orange and lime, though I have to say that mine came with a huge amount of lime and only one orange!
The taste, as I say, is mild and not too sweet, though they are quite moreish. I feel these are more of just as standard hard boiled sweet, rate than a lozenge which is going to do your sore throat any good at all. They are far too mild to be able to help with a cough or aching throat and the taste of menthol is very mild indeed.
They are nevertheless a very tasty sweet and they do make a really nice change from the usual Halls sweets I buy, so I would buy them again as a tasty sweet to suck on in the car. However, I don't think I could really recommend these as a health aid for a sore throat or cough as they just nowhere near powerful enough to do any good.
Well it's that time of year again when coughs and colds are doing the rounds, I believe I caught mine whilst playing on the innotab with my cute step grandson, or maybe it was insisting on that kiss goodbye (me not him :) ), anyway the result was a sore throat a few days later, followed swiftly by a cold. Now when I get a cold I like to take as much medicine as possible (without overdosing) until I feel better, I am pretty much a wimp when it comes to bugs. While I'm still feeling the effects this was actually quite a mild cold, so I made do with buying several different varieties of cough sweets. In a cough sweet I mostly look for a flavour I'll like, and well ones that look good, my sore throat normally only lasts a day or two so mostly in my cough sweets I look for something to keep my throat moist when I'm talking.
**So why did I choose these?**
To be honest they were the closest in the aisle in Morrisons, I had just thrown up in their toilet, felt like crap and my throat hurt, my dad's solution (we were on one of our day outs) was to buy me these. I can't remember how much he paid but looking online they cost around 49p, and can be currently found on offer in Boots. My dad bought me two packets so possibly they were on offer in Morrisons as well.
These are apparently lemon, orange and lime flavoured although to be honest they all taste pretty much the same to me, but then most things do when you have a cold. These come in a tube of about 10, and are hard boiled squares which are individually wrapped. They taste quite citrussy but also sweet, being hard boiled they last a while when I am sucking on them. These don't have any particular effect other than tasting nice, and keeping my throat moist, they don't clear my nose or anything like that. In fairness though they don't actually promise to do anything apart from be sugar free :). A look at the ingredients shows the main ingredient is black carrot juice, which I hadn't heard of but looking online it is an antioxidant, which means it's good for you. There is a warning on the packet not to eat too many, as they can produce a laxative effect.
**Curing my throat?**
I ate most of these at the start of my cold when my throat was quite bad, other then to moisten my throat they didn't really help. These taste lovely, but as a cough sweet I think they are quite basic so while I will no doubt buy them again they wouldn't be my first choice to help my throat. I've just eating the last few whilst writing this review and they are nice, but even now my symptoms are milder they don't do much more then taste good.
Halls are well known for their mentholyptus sweets and Soothers. I have had a blocked nose for a while and nothing else seemed to be helping so I decided to try Halls sweets. There are different flavours of Halls; some are with sugar and some are without. I opted for the ones without sugar and went for the citrus flavour as I'm not a big fan of the other flavours. The other flavours include extra strong, cherry and original. The extra strong sweets contain sugar, but the other two and the citrus are all sugar free.
The front of the pack is a shiny orange and yellow and it states Halls in massive letters. This pack really stands out on the shelf and it's clear what they are just at a glance. To the side of the Halls logo there is an orange sweet with a lemon, orange and lime behind it. Going by that I assumed that each sweet was citrus flavour, although it does say assorted citrus under Halls which I didn't notice at the time, so I was surprised to find each sweet was one of three flavours and not a citrus flavour.
The flavours by themselves are alright, but I think if each were citrus flavour they'd perhaps be slightly better. The orange ones are certainly the nicest. I do like lemon and lime flavours, but not so much with these. They all taste alright to start with, but by the end none of them taste as nice as the initial flavour you taste. Not sure if it's because of the flavours themselves, the menthol in them or just my cold (or perhaps a mix of them 3).
The main problem with having assorted citrus flavours instead of being citrus flavoured is that you get random flavours in each pack. The first pack I had had no lemon. There was a few orange, but most of them were lime and I got a bit fed up of them, especially as it's not the nicest of the 3 flavours. The second pack had a lot of lemon in. If I'd opened the packs at the same time it would have been fine, but I didn't so I got fed up of the lemon too.
The main question though is do they work? Well, it only takes a few seconds before you notice the menthol and it lasts for a little while after the sweet has gone. I think they do help, but it does depend on how blocked your nose is. Sometimes I feel they work better than others.
You can get these for about 55p a pack. You get 9 sweets in each pack so it isn't a bad price to pay if they help and you can sometimes find them on offer. I bought two packs of the citrus for 80p from Tesco, but I have seen different offers at a few different shops.
Overall, if you have a blocked nose it's worth trying Halls sweets.