Happened to be watching the news on MTV..don’t ask me why because I couldn’t understand a word that was being said..but it probably had something to do with the amount of makeup one of the anchors had on..when the program broke to commercial. And what comes on? A Halls commercial…which struck me as kind of odd, because it was more of a candy commercial than a commercial for a medicated cough drop, which is what I’ve always know Halls to be..
And then I remembered how at work, people pop Halls like it IS candy..and every time they offer me one, I can’t help but stare at them with a perplexed expression and think to myself “does it look like I have a cold?” But after doing some research, it seems that Lebanon is not the only country where Halls is sold/consumed as a candy..
According to wikipedia,
“In some parts of the world, including Brazil, Argentina, and the Philippines, 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, which now describes the contents as “Extra Strong Original flavour hard boiled sweets.”
Anyway, not that this is of particular interest to anyone, I just happen to find it interesting that a product which is used to sooth sore throats in the States, is marketed and consumed in Lebanon as a candy!
Below, you will find a typical Halls commercial from the States. Very different from the ones you find in Lebanon.