Ulysses S. Grant was President and the population of America hovered at 39 million, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia, and sold his first batch of what he called ‘Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, combined the soothing natural qualities of plant glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia into one softish drop. By doing so, he discovered that he had created a product that could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and sweetener and 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 effective, 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.When I was in high school, I used to keep Halls Vitamin C drops in my backpack or purse. Cough drops were too harsh for me, but I still wanted something to soothe a scratchy or dry throat, which would happen a LOT when I was on the Transderm Scop® patch. Plus, it helped give me my RDV of Vitamin C. Win-win situation.
The downfall was that I tended to accidentally bite down on the drops before they were thin enough to crunch, and then I’d get teeth pain. Granted, the pain would subside quickly, but it was still distracting in the middle of class to startle-jump when the sharp pain would rattle my mouth.
Chewing gum just wasn’t the same. It did little for the dry throat, but I noticed I was making more saliva, which in turn meant drooling more and defeating the purpose of the patch.
For the longest time, I was faced with a conundrum; use the Vitamin C drops and hope I didn’t break a tooth in the middle of Earth Science, or give up the drops all together and hope a drink from either the water fountain between classes or from home would suffice. I chose the latter.
Fast forward to my 30s, and while I don’t get the dry throat as much anymore, It’s been replaced with acid reflux. I’ve learned to combat it with hard candies, but I’m still dealing with the teeth pain if I bite down before the hard candies are thin.
Enter Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops.
^^Stock photos of what I was sent^^
What makes these different from most cough/throat drops is that they feel hard, but they become gummy-like as they dissolve in the mouth.
I was sent two flavors, the Vitamin C Orange flavor and the Sugar Free Wild Cherry flavor. Let’s take a look at each flavor.
^^What I was sent^^
VITAMIN C ORANGE
These were lighter on the orangey flavor than I remember the Halls drops being, but still yummy. I can’t really tell you how much of the RDV of Vitamin C is in each drop, but I like the fact that these DO have Vitamin C in them, so if forget to take my actual vitamin that day (or I feel like I need a boost) I can pop 1 or 2 of these drops and still get some Vitamin C.
These Vitamin C drops can be found at Kinney Drug stores. If there isn’t a Kinney Drug store in your area, you CAN get them at the Pine Bros. website: http://pinebrothers.com/online-sales/
SUGAR FREE WILD CHERRY
Living in a house with 2 diabetics (one who also has COPD) and 1 pre-diabetic (who also has asthma), finding cough/throat drops that won’t spike their readings or interfere with their breathing issues is a chore at times. If the drops are sugar free, asthmatics and COPD sufferers can’t really use them, because there’s something that will interfere with their breathing issues… and if the drops are fine for folks with breathing issues, most of the time diabetics can’t use them, because the drops aren’t sugar-free.
Pine Bros Sugar Free Wild Cherry drops combat BOTH these problems, since these drops have NO actual medicine in them (like traditional cough drops do) so they are fine for those with breathing issues and they use Maltitol Syrup and Sucralose for their sweeteners, both of which are acceptable for diabetics.
I gave a bag to Mama Melissa and a bag to Grandpa, to gauge their opinions. Grandpa has YET to open his bag, but Mama Melissa thought the drops were okay. She’s not fond of hard candies/throat drops as it is, and ESPECIALLY not cherry flavor ones, so it’s a surprise she actually said these are okay.
As for me, I think I like the Sugar Free Wild Cherry drops BETTER than the Vitamin C Orange drops, which is saying something, since I don’t really like sugar free things. These actually reminded me of Life Savers Wild Cherry candies. These drops are VERY heavy on the cherry flavor, and they don’t taste sugar free at all.
I wouldn’t want to eat too many of these at once, since diabetic sweeteners can have a laxative effect.
These Sugar Free Wild Cherry drops can be found at Harris Teeter, Harmon, & ShopRite stores. If there aren’t any of these stores in your area, you CAN get them at the Pine Bros. website: http://pinebrothers.com/online-sales/
You can also look on the Pine Bros. Where to Buy website to find a store in your area.
Another good point about these drops are that they are vegan, which means there is NO animal-byproduct gelatin in these. These are made from plant products, so vegetarians/vegans can use them without worry.
I think the BIGGEST concern disabled people should have with these drops is the obvious choking hazard. These will dissolve if sucked on long enough, but care will want to be taken with those who have poor oral control.
Great tasting Throat Drops that won't hurt your teeth!
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes
**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**