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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Nigroids "For clarity of voice" Confirmed sighting: Nigroids "For clarity of voice"
Posted: 21:45 Fri 18-Mar-2005. Price: 82p for loads, they're tiny. Location: Chemists everywhere. Nutritional unusualness: Zero sugar (but maize starch and liquorice), advice to not eat more than 10 a day.
"pdrg" reports: OK, so these never went away, but they are certainly good enough to resurrect! Available from pharmacies (behind the counter for some reason) these are the same little strongly flavoured liquorice and mintiness pellets you had when you were little. For the uninitiated, they're a bit like Fisherman's Friends flavour-wise, but tiny and without the filler used in sugar-free. Ingredients: Liquorice Block Juice, Maize Starch, Menthol, Kaolin, Tragacanth (WTF?), Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tolu (again, WTF?) Tincture. No E-numbers, no vegetable oil (cf horrid Polo balls), loads of flavour. I'm not convinced the name is terribly PC any more, probably why they're behind the counter, but by golly gosh these puppies beat all the new-fangled novelty confectionery for good-for-you-ness and flavour (possibly excepting the Wrigleys Big Red Cinnamon Flash Strip/ slimy mints). Oh, and they're British.

...No, I'd never heard of this unfortunately-named childhood favourite either, but they definitely appear to exist - you can buy them on the internet and everything. And in other minty mystery, "Andy" boldly inquires: I've heard that Cadbury's are launching their Trident gum brands as breath freshener strips. I think it's appeared on their Spanish website. Do you know anything about this?


Posted: 08:49 Mon 21-Mar-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: As any amateur singer knows, the ultimate behind-the-counter voice pancea is the mighty Vocalzone. Tastes like death, lets you sing like an angel.

There's a rich vein of 'chemist sweets' waiting to be tapped, though. What about the terrifying Olbas Pastilles, Victory V Lozenges or Potters Pastilles (which I'm pretty sure were withdrawn from the market and reformulated, as they contained dangerous amounts of tar). That's without even touching on all the diabetic lollipops.

Posted: 11:04 Mon 21-Mar-2005 by "Pharmacist (aka Sandy)" # permalink comment
Comment: Tragacanth is used as a thickener, often used to make gels and pastes.

Tolu is an expectorant, useful for chesty coughs. It helps to break down catarrh therefore making it easier to cough up and clear the chest. 77815 6

Posted: 05:28 Sat 26-Jan-2008 by "Kristin"
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Comment: I need these! Have tried them before, I am a singer in vancouver, where do i find them?

kristingrimmer (at!) yahoo.ca

Posted: 00:41 Wed 06-Aug-2008 by "Grassroots and Tapeworm" # permalink comment
Comment: There were other similarly unfortunately-titled confectionary products available thirty years ago, however they were even less subtle than this and I won't be repeating them here. As you say, these taste of Fisherman's Friends more or less, however I am uncertain why this should be desired. Such a medicinal taste should surely be limited to something with medicinal properties?!
Posted: 00:47 Wed 06-Aug-2008 by "Grassroots on his own" # permalink comment
Comment: Whomper: Olbas pastilles existed 5 years ago when I worked in a branch of Holland and Barratt. I used to break the packets open and they weren't that terrifying though, so perhaps they've changed the formulation.
Posted: 00:51 Wed 06-Aug-2008 by "Rentaghosts" # permalink comment
Comment: Diabetic lollipops were the only kind that came in the shape of a whistle. Could be seen on the counter of every good chemist, as though they were somehow good for you. Do these still exist?
Posted: 05:36 Thu 14-Aug-2008 by "nigel" # permalink comment
Posted: 17:36 Sat 11-Oct-2008 by "Tanya"
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Comment: I live in Russia I need this !how I can By this???
Posted: 12:55 Sun 04-Jan-2009 by "Pallionlad"
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Comment: What a barmy posting by 'Grassroots and Tapeworm' must have those as a brain. The Nigroids ( wonderful name ) are medicinal. they improve my chest and flegm situation during this cold weather .. must be made more available.
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