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. Pine Brothers is once again being made in America, and was launched nationally in fall 2011. And indeed, old Mr. Pine has succeeded yet again in "making people happy." God bless him!
The seasons are changing and Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops are a great way to treat a minor sore throat or itchy throat. Recently I got my first minor sore throat and the throat drops came just in time to soothe it. These Softish Throat Drops are not hard but they are not exactly the constancy of a fruit snack either they are a bit in between. The Pine Brothers Throat Drops are always available in the Natural Honey and Wild Cherry flavor and for a limited time this Holiday Season they have Licorice, and next year they're coming out with Lemon Citrus.
I was given the opportunity to try two of the Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drop flavors that are always available the Natural Honey and Wild Cherry. First of all I love that they tasted natural just like honey and cherry and they didn't have that menthol medicine flavor. I liked both flavors the wild cherry was probably my favorite though and everyone else like the natural honey flavor.
The Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops come in convenient bags and puck containers. The bags have a few more as they contain 32 drops and the pucks contain 26 drops. I really liked having the pucks because they fit perfectly in my purse and in the cup holders in my truck and the bags are great for at home use. CVS carries the throat drops and they retail for about $3.49 each and they also sell them at Safeway and other fine stores.
I invite you to watch this short video to learn more about why you should try Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops. You can also learn more on their website and become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @pinebros .
If you get a minor sore throat or itchy throat during the season changes I recommend you pick up the Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops because they are great tasting as well as effective and inexpensive.
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