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Halls is the brand name of a popular mentholated cough drop. Halls cough drops (categorized as a cough suppressant/oral anesthetic by the manufacturer) are sold by the Cadbury-Adams Division of Cadbury, now owned by Mondelēz International, and have long been advertised as featuring "Vapor Action". Halls was first made in the 1930s in Stanley Road, Whitefield, Lancashire, United Kingdom by the Halls Brothers company, founded 1893 by Thomas Harold Hall and Norman Smith Hall.[1] Halls Brothers was acquired by Warner-Lambert in 1964. Production in Whitefield ceased in the late 1980s. When Pfizer acquired Warner-Lambert in 2000, the Halls brand came with the entire Adams portfolio (which included Trident gum, Dentyne, Chiclets and Freshen Up, among others). Two years later, Adams was bought out by Cadbury, who were subsequently purchased by Kraft foods, which was later restructured and renamed Mondelēz International - as of 2015, Mondelēz International owns the Halls brand worldwide.

Halls Cough Drops
A stick of Extra Strong Halls
OwnerMondelēz International, Cadbury
MarketsThroat lozenges / Cough Drops


  • Air Mint (only available in Argentina)
  • Black Cherry (sugar free)
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blackberry-Lyptus (only available in South America)
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • Caribe (only available in Mexico)
  • Chela-Limón (Beer & Lemon) (only available in Mexico)
  • Cherry
  • Citrus Blend
  • Colours
  • Creamy (Available in Brazil)
  • Fresh Mint
  • Fruit Explosion (Available in Brazil)
  • Blueberry Fruit Explosion (Limited edition flavour available in Brazil)
  • Green Tea (only available in Japan and China)
  • Green Grapes (only available in South America)
  • Grape (only available in Latin America)
  • Harvest Peach with Soothing Honey Center (Halls Naturals)
  • Honey-berry (sugar free)
  • Honey-Lemon
  • Ice Blue Peppermint
  • K-fe (Coffee, word play of the Spanish pronunciation of the letter K, only available in Mexico)
  • Kiwi-Apple (sugar free)
  • Lemon Pie (only available in South America)
  • Licorice (sugar free available in Denmark)
  • Mentho-Lyptus (i.e. menthol and eucalyptus)
  • Mint & Chocolate (only available in Mexico)
  • Mountain Berry with Soothing Honey Center (Halls Naturals)
  • Mountain Menthol (sugar free)
  • "Naturals" including Sweet Herbal Mint
  • Orange
  • Paloma (only available in Mexico)
  • Peppermint with Vanilla Crystals (in Brazil)
  • Piña Colada
  • Peach (only available in Mexico & South America)
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Refresh (Extra Moist)
  • Spearmint
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry Filled with Chocolate (in Brazil)
  • Sunshine Citrus (Halls Naturals)
  • Sweet Herbal Mint (Halls Naturals)
  • Tropical Fruits
  • Watermelon (in Brazil, Argentina And Thailand)

In the UKEdit

The following Halls varieties are listed on Cadbury's UK web site.

  • Mentho-lyptus Blackcurrant
  • Mentho-lyptus Extra strong
  • Mentho-lyptus Honey & Lemon
  • Mentho-lyptus Ice cool
  • Mentho-lyptus Original
  • Mentho-lyptus Sugar-Free Cherry
  • Mentho-lyptus Sugar-Free Original
  • Soothers Blackcurrant
  • Soothers Cherry
  • Soothers Honey And Lemon
  • Soothers Peach And Raspberry
  • Soothers Strawberry
  • Fresh & Cool
  • Zingy Citrus
  • Strawberry Wave

The "Soothers" varieties do not list menthol on their ingredients[2] and their packaging does not describe them as a medicine or specify any dosage instructions, but supermarkets frequently categorise them as common cold treatment.

Drug informationEdit

The menthol ingredient acts as local anesthetic and "creates a cooling sensation".[3] Also acts as a cough suppressant.[4]

Packages of Halls in a store
  • Cherry
Active Ingredient: Menthol 7 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Eucalyptus Oil, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Red 40, Flavors, Glucose Syrup, Soy Lecithin, Sucralose, Sucrose, Water
  • Honey-Lemon
Active Ingredient: Menthol 7.5 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Beta Carotene, Flavorings, Glucose Syrup, Honey, Soy Lecithin, Sucrose
  • Honey-Lemon Chamomile
Active Ingredient: Menthol 2.5 mg
Inactive Ingredients: citric acid, flavorings, ginger, glucose syrup, honey, lemon grass, sage, :sucrose, tea extract, water, white thyme
  • Ice Blue Peppermint:
Active Ingredient: Menthol 10 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Blue 1, Flavorings, Glucose Syrup, Sucrose
  • Intense Cool:
Active Ingredient: Menthol 15 mg
Inactive Ingredients: citric acid, eucalyptus oil, FD&C blue 1, flavors, glucose syrup, potassium citrate, soy lecithin, sucrose, water
  • Mentho-Lyptus:
Active Ingredients: Menthol 5.4 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Flavorings, Glucose Syrup, Sucrose
  • Mentho-Lyptus Extra Strong Menthol:
Active Ingredients: Menthol 19.7 mg, Eucalyptus oil 9.8mg
Inactive Ingredients: Citric acid, FD&C Blue No.1, flavors, glucose syrup, gum arabic, potassium citrate, soy lecithin, sucrose
  • Mountain Menthol (Sugar Free):
Active Ingredients: Menthol 5.8 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Acesulfame Potassium, Aspartame, Eucalyptus Oil, FD&C Blue 1, FD&C Red 40, Flavors, Isomalt, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Soy Lecithin, Water
  • Spearmint:
Active Ingredient: Menthol 5.6 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Beta Carotene, Blue 1, Flavorings, Glucose Syrup, Soy Lecithin, Sucrose
  • Strawberry:
Active Ingredient: Menthol 3.1 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Flavorings, Glucose Syrup, Red 40, Sucrose
  • Sunshine Citrus
Active Ingredient: Menthol 2.5 mg
Inactive Ingredients: beta carotene, citric acid, flavorings, ginger, glucose syrup, lemon grass, :sage, sucrose, water, white thyme
  • Sweet Herbal Mint
Active Ingredient: Menthol 2.5 mg
Inactive Ingredients: Caramel, flavorings, ginger, glucose syrup, lemon grass, sage, sucrose, water, white thyme
  • Tropical Fruit:
Active Ingredient: Menthol 3.1 mg
Inactive Ingredients: FD&C red no. 40, Flavorings, Glucose Syrup, Sucrose, Water
  • Wild Cherry
Active Ingredient: Menthol 2.5 mg
Inactive Ingredients: citric acid, elderberry juice, flavorings, ginger, glucose syrup, lemon grass, sage, sucrose, water, white thyme
  • XS Sugar Free Lemon
  • XS Sugar Free Mint

Additional informationEdit

A stick of Mint and Eucalyptus flavored Halls, as sold in Brazil

The Halls Defense line consists of flavorings containing Vitamin C but do not contain menthol or suppress coughs.

Halls Fruit Breezers, launched as a non-mentholated lozenge, comes in many flavors such as: Cool Berry, Cool Creamy Orange, Cool Creamy Strawberry, Tropical Chill, and Cool Citrus Blend.

Halls also produces a sugar-free line of mentholated cough drops.

In some parts of the world, including Brazil,[5] Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia,[6] the Philippines, and Pakistan, Halls is advertised as a mentholated hard candy and is not recognized as a medicine for coughs. In the UK, Halls Extra Strong has recently dropped all mention of an active ingredient (or of coughs) from the packaging, and now describes the contents as "Extra Strong Original flavour hard boiled sweets."

In 2015 the renowned actor Jeff Goldblum almost choked on a Halls cough drop. The event was broadcast on American television channel TBS[citation needed].

In 2016 Halls was one of the biggest selling branded over-the-counter medications sold in Great Britain, with sales of £32.5 million.[7]


  2. ^ For example, the information printed on a pack of blackcurrant soothers says: BLACKCURRANT SWEETS WITH LIQUID CENTRES. MADE WITH FRUIT JUICE. Ingredients: Sugar, Glucose syrup, Glucose-fructose syrup, Water, Stabiliser (Glycerol), Acids (E270, E330), Concentrated blackcurrant juice (0.26%), Flavourings, Acidity regulators (E325, E332), Concentrated black carrot juice, Colour (Vegetable carbon), Emulsifier (Sunflower lecithin). That on the peach and raspberry soothers is very similar, replacing BLACKCURRANT with PEACH AND RASPBERRY FLAVOUR, listing Flavourings before the juice and the juice itself as Concentrated peach and raspberry juices (0.3% which a footnote expands as equivalent to 2.2% Fruit Juice) and listing the Colour (Paprika extract for this flavour) before the concentrated black carrot juice. P&R flavour information from a packet bought in the UK Feb 2013
  3. ^ "Halls Cough Drops (Menthol)". Iodine, Medication information that really helps. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "HALLS MENTHO-LYPTUS (Pfizer Consumer Group)". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Halls advertised as candy in Brazil".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "A breakdown of the over-the-counter medicines market in Britain in 2016". Pharmaceutical Journal. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.

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