Pine Brothers soothes Coughs

pine brothersHave you ever heard about Pine Brothers Cough drops?? What you haven’t, guess what me neither. But they have been along since. Ulysses S. Grant was President. In 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a sign 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 Mr. Pine, a former German candy maker, determined that  by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth 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.

Here is what Beth, one of my reviewers said about them. In fact just last week she asked if I had any more of these left because she wanted some more.


My whole family has tried these cough drops. Logan and I loved them. I liked the gummy texture and felt better about Logan chewing on those versus a hard candy type cough drop. Dave loved the benefits of the cough drop but he wasn’t a fan of the gummy texture. We all thought the drops did a wonderful job on stopping our coughing and making our throats feel better.

Pine Brothers  cough drops are available nationwide at CVS Pharmacy.

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