Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops #Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
About Pine Bros:
Ulysses S. Grant was President, the population of America hovered at 39 million, and the telephone was still a pipe dream, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia and, along with his brother, sold their first batch of what they called 'Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.' In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. "I have discovered something," Pine wrote, "which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was." He added,"Perhaps I won't make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that's more important than money." Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his "discovery" would become one of the most successful, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.

In 1930 Pine Brothers was sold to the Life Savers Company and continued to flourish. Known for its 'soft drop consistency,' Pine Brothers lozenges became a favorite of adults and children alike. The product, which attracted healthiest sales in the eastern and northern states, due to its icy winters, reached its peak popularity in the 1970's. The company was sold by Life Savers, and then, having been re-sold and acquired a number of times, found itself essentially rudderless and under appreciated; this despite a legion of loyal consumers. Cost cutting changes were made to the original recipes, packaging became stale and marketing non-existent; Pine Brothers began to be made overseas. Sales declined.

Recently, Pine Brothers was acquired by the creator and former owner of Airborne, Victoria Knight-McDowell, for her new company 3 Sisters Home Products™. Much time and effort has been spent locating the original Pine Brothers recipes, redesigning the packaging, and creating an exciting yet classic new look. The natural product is once again being made in America, and is launching nationally in fall 2011. At which time old Mr. Pine, will succeed once again in "making people happy." God bless him!


Pine Bros sent us a few packets for their Wild Cherry flavored throat drops. Coincidentally enough, I happened to be getting a cold when they arrived, so they were really put to the test. I admit, I am slightly addicted to having cough drops with that cooling menthol sensation in my mouth and throat, and these did not give me that satisfying feeling. However, they did their job - very well I might ad. They suppressed my coughing a little better than my usual cough drops even. I was thoroughly impressed! I can see why they've been around so long.

You can find more info on Pine Bros website, or by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog received the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

16 comments:

  1. Great to hear when these products actually work!

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  2. Hah these look like fun medicines :)

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  3. i want to try this products too!!!

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  4. Good to know that these really work. Thanks for this very helpful review.

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  5. Hi! The flavor of these sounds delicious. lol I don't like strong tasting cough drops. So, I'll look for these. Thanks!

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  6. Thanks for sharing. Always looking for tasty medicines that actually work!

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  7. I've tried many a cough drop and always defaulted back to Fisherman's Friend or something with a numbing effect when things get out of control. I'm always up for trying a new cough drop though!

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  8. would like to try them, family really doesn't care for the taste of most drops, these sound like might win them over!

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  9. might just win over my family to 'like' cough drops.

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  10. hello,is this available in the philippines?

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  11. Hmm, yummi, would love to try them!

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  12. I enjoy finding new "old" products that have stood the test of time. I will definitely try these as well

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  13. I've never heard of these before, but like you I also like the menthol drops, not sure if these would be ones I'd reach for.

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  14. I love these but i tend to eat them like candy. :) They do work really well for sore throats and seems to control my coughing too.

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