These aren't a hard candy variety lozenge, but are more along the lines of a wine gum/rolled fruit bar. They have a nice taste which makes them easy to use and did help me through the ‘flu’ – not just a cold. Helped relieve the ‘tickle’ in the back of my throat and didn't cause heartburn as some other strong brands have done in the past. They may be more appropriate for a typical cold and will help you get through. Recommend.