13 Sep
Lockets Cough Sweets - everything you need to know!

Lockets lozenges are a sugar-based hard sweet with a soft centre, and have been a popular choice of cough sweet in the United Kingdom for many generations. They are currently manufactured by The Wrigley Company Ltd. in the UK and Czech Republic, which is owned by Mars Incorporated.

Thousands of people regularly search Google for advice about Lockets every month, so we thought we would provide the answers to all of your questions!

Here is everything you need to know about Lockets...

A packet of Lockets, Honey & Lemon, with yellow and white packaging and black title text.

How many lockets can you eat in one day?

Adults and children over 12-years-old are advised to consume no more than 3 packs within a 24-hour period. Children aged 7 to 12 years should consume no more than 2 packs within 24 hours, and for children aged 3 to 6, the limit is 1 pack within 24 hours.

There are usually 10 individual lozenges in each standard-sized packet.

Is there medication in Lockets?

Lockets contain eucalyptol, menthol and honey to help clear your airways, ease a cough and soothe a sore throat.

Are Lockets suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Lockets are suitable for vegetarians and contain no meat-derived ingredients. However, as they contain honey (which obviously comes from bees), they are not vegan-friendly.

What flavours are currently available?

Lockets come in three flavours; Honey & Lemon, Cranberry & Blueberry and Extra Strong Eucalyptus & Menthol. The blackcurrant flavour was discontinued in 2009.

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Honey & Lemon Lockets include the following ingredients; Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Honey (9.6%), Humectant Glycerol, Flavourings, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Acid Citric Acid, Colour Beta-Carotene. Flavourings include Lemon, Menthol and Eucalyptol. 

Lockets contain no artificial colours. Each lozenge (in all varieties) contain 12.8mg of vitamin C.

Rival Brands

Other popular cough lozenge brands in the United Kingdom include Halls (Original and Soothers), Strepsils and Fisherman's Friend.

Lockets in the 1980s

Honey & Lemon Lockets were advertised on TV quite regularly in the 1980s, and they were labelled as Double Action Lockets on the packaging, and came with the slogan "Help clear your nose & soothe your throat".

Two packets of Lockets from 1984, Honey & Lemon (yellow with brown text) and Menthol Eucalyptus (green with yellow text)

In 1984, a Menthol Eucalyptus flavour was introduced, which came with a mainly green wrapper with yellow title text, with a red band across the top.

The price of a roll of Lockets back in 1987 was around 30 pence.

This British TV advert for Lockets is from 1989

3 packs of Lockets, Cranberry & Blueberry flavour with yellow background

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