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Cadburys’ made liquorice lozenges. Called Nigroids.

Cadburys’ made liquorice lozenges. Called Nigroids.

Nigroids from Ernest Jackson Madame Laudanum popped down to her local chemist, and found a tin of liquorice lozenges. Called Nigroids. Through a bit of Googling, we discover that the manufacturer of said Nigroid liquorice lozenges – Ernest Jackson & Co. Ltd – are apparently owned by Cadbury’s.

I’m still rather amazed they’re still called that. What possible reason would you have for calling liquorice lozenges Nigroids ?!

2010 Update: They now appear to be called Vigroids. Which is nice.


  • I am still bloody floored. I actually thought I was seeing things when I cast my eye over them, but nope. 95p they cost.

  • sharon emery

    Oh, I don’t know, maybe because Nig is Latin for black????????? Get over it!

  • Richard Holland

    Well licorice is black. If you plan to market a black comestible – particularly if you wish to present it as a "drug", you might reasonably look to a latin root from which to create the name. Niger is Latin for black. Hence Nigroids. Anyone who imagines that the manufacturers have gone out of their way to offend anyone needs to get out more and wate for maturity or death to come to them.
    How about Niggard. Care to imagine some fantasy racism in that word?

  • Nigroids have been around a long while and are incredibly popular with voice-over artistes and stage performers. Bob Monkouse (British Comedian) often used Nigroids while on stage.

  • token_white_guy

    Ive been eating these things for many, many years, my grandfather used to always have them and feed them to us as they were his idea of sweets. Today, I go to the chemist and decide to buy some, only to discover that they have changed the name from Nigroids, to Vigroids!!!
    As liquorice is black and the latin root for black is Niger, it makes sense that they are known as Nigroids.
    Once again another piece of Britains cultural history is deleted in deference to the minorities.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Political correctness, has shot down a lifelong name, same as I used to have a robertsons golly (not allowed to call it that anymore):what is so wrong with a name? It's not as if I'm advocating slavery. I like the Australians for their resistance to idiocy like this: they have a cheese called coon and it named after the process which made the cheese in the first place (needless to say they have had the same sort of 'pressure' to drop the name), but they stand firm with it being the name given to it by it's creator in the 1890's. Why be so sensitive of the names that have been there for centuries. Especially if we have no prejudice. 🙂

  • actualy i bought some today with the original name

  • Elderly person

    I asked for some in Boots in Green Park and the gentleman of colour behind the counter looked at me as if I'd just crawled out of thegutter, so I'm happy to hear of the name change!



  • One man for sanity2

    Well said, One man for Sanity. Hear, Hear!

  • 'black' and unoffended

    I took a photo of the pack when my mate offered me one. I thought it was hilarious. There’s nothing wrong with calling the sweets nigroids. It’s a descriptive name. It’d only be offensive if they were calling people nigroids which thankfully doesn’t really happen anymore. I’d be more insulted by someone changing the name pointlessly.

    Elderly persons comment about the misunderstanding in boots is amusing.

    Don’t change the the name! I think all terms that were once used offensively should be put to use for something else to show how much society has grown x

  • 77 year old

    I still have two packets of Vigroids from our local village shop.
    They were called Nigroids as the latin medical name is Niger for black.
    They do not Invigorate at all so are now misnamed.
    I hope Cadburys get them in the shops soon, and send me an email why they are not, and when they will be.
    My dad and grandad used them, and also used Melloids and another make which I cannot remember.
    I have a few empty tins somewhere.
    I use them if I accidentally inhale cigarette smoke, and to clear catarrh, and if I have a ticklish throat.

    • Ronald

      Please if you do find some Nigroids or Vigroids let me know where I can also find some. I am nearly as old as you are and remember melloids. I have been trying to but some but the chemist told me that they are no longer manufactured.

  • Peter

    Here in Texas, USA is a small, isolated outpost of England… er, I mean The UK (since it seems the lovely old word "England" has fallen out of PC favor for implying that land is the home of the Anglo-Saxons) My father is nearly 91 and, though he has lived in the USA for nearly 60 years, sounds like he just came from the old country. He has started asking me to find him some Nigroids, and this request has got me checking into where to find them. Little did I know that a whole education was to follow in what has happened to England. Dad laments the passing of Golly, (he used to sleep with a Golly doll as a child) and now the changing of Nigroids to Vigroids continues the nonsense. They're black, and Nig is the root of the Latin word for black. Get over it! . But what can you expect in a country whose leaders have just made their laws Sharia compliant to attract more Middle Eastern investment? We are deeply saddened that Britain has fallen to a foreign invasion without a single shot being fired. Nevertheless, Dad still wants Vigroids, so if you know where I can find some…

  • Could there be any connection between the take over of Cadbury's by Kraft and the change of name from Nigroids to Vigroids? If so, It's American PC not English (though they probably call it "marketing" or "brand-awareness"). No doubt Ernest Jackson could give us the answer.

  • I had also being buying nimrods for years and remember my school teacher always having a tin of melloids on her desk. If anyone finds them please let me know, whatever they are called is immaterial to me.

  • Keith Howell

    I have been searching for these for a few years now, as I used to import them from WESTON'S PHARMACEUTICALS. Sadly, they seem not to be manufactured any longer, and the cost of those still available — i.e., "NipIts" is extreme. About 40-years ago, I stopped purchasing "Melloids" as they were also too expensive. I would dearly love to find something similar, as they are spectacular for throat/voice. As a former news anchor in radio and TV, and an allergy sufferer, they were a boon.

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