Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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!

My Review:
4 stars

I liked using these cough drops, as most cough drops I’ve found have high sugar content. With a lower sugar content and a yummy taste, these were very helpful in relieving my sore throat. I loved using the pucks, as they’re portable, re-sealable, and convenient. I gave one to each of my family members to carry with them in their cars, backpacks, etc. Plus, there are three different flavors to choose from, with another coming next year.

I also love the company. You can find the nutrition facts for the drops easily on their site, they’re happy to answer any questions you may have, and they have great deals. For example, they offer professional opera a free pack a year. They’re fun, quirky, and a great company that makes a great product.

My only complaint is that the honey flavor did become a bit too...overwhelming and overly sweet for me after a while, and I also did not like the bag design. Because once you opened it, there was no way to seal the bag up again, so ended up sticking the opened bag in a zip-close plastic bag to store it.

All in all though, these were great cough drops that I will continue using and recommend, especially if you’re looking for a low sugar, natural alternative to other cough drops.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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