Over 140 years ago – 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 Glycerin Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine 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.
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 until they began to be made overseas and 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!
I was sent this product for review around flu season here. They were just perfect. My whole family used them and opinions differed – I liked the cherry – my daughter-in-law (Kristen) preferred the honey. No matter which one you choose they are soothing to your throat, because they are a soft gummy-like texture – they never become abrasive or irritate the top of my mouth! I also love that the Wild Cherry’s lovely red color comes from Elderberry concentrate and not artificial flavors!
At only 5 calories a drop I can afford to use these all day long! My favorite feature is the convenient and refillable puck that the drops come in. Its a hard plastic container that I can just toss in my purse or cup holder and they are there when ever I need them!
Pine Bros. has been a trusted brand since 1870 and has been soothing America’s throats for over 140 years.
The new packaging is ideal for people on the go. It is obviously made with “convenience” in mind.
The pucks are refillable and reusable .
It has an amazing taste and comes in different flavors: Natural Honey, Wild Cherry
It’s ideal for parents – it’s very easy to give to children (over age 3)
It’s gluten free and it’s only 5 calories a drop!
Disclaimer: I did received free samples of Pine Brother’s softish throat drops in order to review them, but all opinions expressed here are my own opinion.