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…Click HERE to read the rest of the Pine Bros History.
Here comes the cold weather… and following that comes the sniffles and sore throats. Oh yes, tis’ the season for getting sick. Thank goodness for Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops! I received two pucks: Wild Cherry & Natural Honey. What’s different about these cough drops versus the average drop is they are “softish”…some where between a gummy & hard drop.
Both adults and children (3 years and over) can use Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops. Just pop 1 or 2 drops into your mouth and allow them to dissolve slowly. If you are anything like me, I tend to chew or crunch cough drops. Since these drops are not hard and not too soft, they are easier for me to suck on and allow them to dissolve naturally.
I love that the puck is small enough that I can put it in my pocket and go. It’s a screw on top, so you won’t have to worry about the drops falling out (in your purse or pocket). I also appreciate that these drops do NOT taste like candy. They are NOT sugary sweet. There are so many “cough drops” that are more candy than a sore throat treatment!