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Cough Drops: The Best and Worst

ricolaIt’s getting pretty chilly outside.  I mean I’m sure it will proceed to get much, much colder, but I’m from the South and therefore am very cold already.  What this weather means is that we are well into the season where it seems that everyone has at least a mild case of the “BC Cold,” and I thought it’d be fitting to do a little evaluation of a few types of cough drops and see who comes out on top.  (This is not a ranking, per se, so these are in no particular order.)

Halls Cherry

I’m starting with the classic.  Halls first started dishing out cough drops in the 1930s, and their cherry flavor seems to be the epitome of the throat lozenge.  I know there are plenty of people who don’t like these, but there’s no denying their effectiveness.  Try the Assorted Citrus Blend or the Black Cherry flavor (both of which are very underrated) if you’re looking for something a little less hardcore and a little sweeter.  7/10.

Ricola Dual Action

If you get one takeaway from this article, then let it be this: never try a Ricola Dual Action cough drop ever for the rest of your life.  Ever.  If you put one in your mouth, everything seems to be going fine and dandy at first, but the hard outside part inevitably breaks open to release this nasty, pungent, gooey stuff that was so disgusting that I had to spit it out immediately.  1/10.

Halls Breezers

Halls started making the Breezers as a non-mentholated option, but this just resulted in candy, not cough drops.  I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I think these are the second worst type of cough drop; menthol is a lozenge necessity when you’re sick.  Don’t get me wrong, they taste fantastic, but this is an article about cough drops, not candy.  Sorry.  3/10.

Ricola LemonMint

This one happens to be my personal favorite lozenge.  They have just the right tasty combination of sweetness and lemony tartness, and they have the menthol action going on too.  The Halls Honey-Lemon are pretty similar.  Plus they put this healthy herbal extract shit in the Ricolas.  Good stuff.  10/10.

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