“ Brand: Asda / Type: Candy „
Cough candies are a sweet I used to enjoy regularly but I seemed to just part company with them for no particular reason and then over time when I tried various brands of them they never really tasted as good as I remembered.
That was until I tried the Asda version, my wife bought me a bag of these when out shopping a few weeks back and these are exactly like I remember cough candies to be.
In case anyone doesn't know what cough candies are then let me tell you, cough candies are an old fashioned sweet that is herbal in its ingredients and has the distinct taste of aniseed as its main flavour, they are hard boiled sweets and full of sugar so bad for teeth.
It is said that these get the name cough candies because they were an early attempt at cough sweets to ease sore throats but they didn't work for that but tasted nice so they just became sweets but kept the name.
These Asda ones are not as strong as some of the cough candies I have tried and that for me is good, the stronger ones catch you throat a bit and are not how I remember cough candies at all.
These come in a 200g bag which has approximately twenty sweets in it and costs only 67p which I feel is very good value for money, these are not particularly fattening with only 28 calories and no fat per sweet but what they do have is a lot of sugar (4.3g per sweet) so they are a nightmare for your teeth.
If you haven tried cough candies before then give them a go and if you are looking for a good cough candy after not having one for a while then these are the ones I would recommend.
Cough Candies are one of those sweets that bring memories of my childhood flooding back to me. Firstly because are one of my Dads favourite sweets so they were always around when I was little (doh no wonder I had so many trips to the dentist) and because since they aren't a well known sweet I haven't had anything else to associate them with!
So what are cough candies you ask? And well you might as not many people I know, know what they are. Nor can they be found freely. The only other person who I know knows them is my boyfriends dad which I guess goes to show that they are a bit of an old fashioned sweet. In fact when I googled them it came up with links to 'old fashioned sweet shops' and 'retro sweets.' I suppose when I think of them I have images of them in those big old glass jars and paper bags.
I'm not sure of the history of them, there's not much information out there but I do know that they were originally designed to be used when somebody had a cold or a cough, or to soothe a sore throat, hance the name 'cough candies.' I like to think they were invented in Victorian times!
The sweet itself is made out of a hard candy (they are a 'sucking sweet') that is a deep red in colour. They are an oval shape about 1" by 1/2". They have a twist shape on each side and are wrapped individually in clear plastic wrappers. They taste of Aniseed which is where the medicinal properties come from. It is quite a strong flavour so I doubt they are very popular with most people. I actually find that if I eat a lot of them in a short amount of time my mouth starts to go numb!
There are around 20 something sweets in a 200g bag and they contain 28 calories, no fat and 4.3g of sugar per sweet. Not fattening but definitely a danger for your teeth! They cost 67p and are often part of a 'any 3 for £2 offer.'
At work I find the day goes that bit quicker and that bit smoother if there is a nice selection of "suck" available to me. Now please before I get any smutty comments about my personal life or the fact that after reading that statement I may sound like a worker that may get more fag breaks than most (think about it!), let me elaborate.
My place of work deems that there is no access to drinks and food, I work in a sterile unit that cleans and sterilises instruments for operations, so this being the case you do get quite dry throated at times. So what I mean by a bit of "suck" is a nice sweet of some description, something to get the juices flowing.... Ok this is a big hole I'm digging and I feel I may not get out soon!
The sweets I will now review are - "Asda's classic favourites, cough candy"
Asda currently have a product range that incorporates a selection of classic sweets, but made cheaper in price but not skimping on quality, this product is one of them!
This particular pack is distinctive looking, with the background being red and black stripped. On the pack there is the usual information, brand name, product name, nutritional information and price. The price is included due to the fact that this is included in an ongoing offer of which I will explain later!
There is a small clear panel on the pack, through which the sweets are visible.
Once the pack is opened you will be faced with a bag nice and full of individually wrapped sweets. There are around 20 -25 sweets per pack.
Each sweet is around 1" in length and ½" in width. The sweet is a blush red colour and oval in shape, with there being a small "twist" shape on the top side of the sweet, this is to refer to the cough candy twists that these sweets have been based on.
The taste is quite strong and may not be everyone's cup of tea. As these sweets were originally an aid to a sore throat the strong taste is to alleviate any symptoms you may be feeling with that.
The taste is a break taking aniseed flavour though the product states this is a herbal flavoured sweet, which stays with you a long time after you have actually finished the sweet.
The sweet is very hard, meaning that if you are anything like me ( a chewer!), these would be your best bet, making the sweet last ten times longer than most, as if you do attempt to chew you will be losing bits of teeth for your trouble!
The nutritional information is as follows -
4.3g of which sugars
This product states that there are not artificial colourings or flavourings and that these are suitable for vegetarians.
These of course are high in sugar content as this is what they are made of, but for an occasional suck these are the ideal choice!
As I mentioned earlier these are currently on an ongoing offer, "3 for £2.00", these brought as a single purchase will cost around the 80 -90p mark.
There are around 15 different types of classic sweets available, for more details visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
Herbal Flavour Hard Boiled Sweets