Food of the Eighties, Pine Brothers Cough Drops
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Pine Brothers cough drops were available maybe in the the late seventies, but definetely in the 80's. Back then they were just about in between "gummi" and hard candy. Nowadays if you find them, they are not as chewy. They came in little card board boxes with a wax like bag in side that held the candy. They came in Cherry and Honey flavors. The logo had a spoon pouring syrup in to the candy's actual shape.
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Nancy - July 07, 2008 - Report this comment
These things were awesome and I miss them! I didn't need a sore throat to beg my mom for them.
Robert - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I discovered Pine Brothers cough drops as a child in the mid 60s. They were available in honey, menthol, cherry, licorice and lemon (which were hard to find). There were also assorment boxes that had some of all five flavors in them. I kept eating them until they disappeared around 1990. Alas.
Lina - September 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I miss them. I ate them throughout my child hood. I often look for them, but have read they no longer make them.
Lee - September 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I started eating Pine Brother's cough drops in the fifties, more as candy than medicine, and all the way into the eighties until it became impossible to find them any more. There is a whole website devoted to fans of this great product of bygone days.
Sharon - September 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm so disappointed that these WONDERFUL little glycerine cough drops are no longer available. I loved the honey flavor (they were my favorite candy!). I hope some company buys the formula and starts making them again....for my grandkids (and ME).
JGI - October 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Funny how I was just thinking about these today. Perhaps it's the cough I caught from my son. At any rate, they were truly great. Cherry were my favorite!
sue - October 04, 2008 - Report this comment
They worked great when you had that dry, hacking kind of cough. They kind of coated your throat and were very soothing. None of the hard cough drops do that.
Sharon - 10-8-08 - October 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Pine Brothers Cherry Cough Drops were the best. I'm so sorry they don't make them anymore. I hope someone comes out with something just like them.
Elaine - October 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I don't know why another company doesn't these cough drops! Pine Brothers was the best... cherry and honey. My sister and I used to buy a box of cherry and a box of honey. We used to split them up so we each had a mixture of the two. Somebody is missing out on making a small fortune by bringing back the glycerine cough drop!
Maynard - November 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Dit-To on all the comments the Honey was the best, than the cherry...Long live the Pine Brothers
Ann - November 15, 2008 - Report this comment
pine brothers please come back every time i get sick honey drops are on my mind. Where can i find them??? they were hard than soft and chewy yummm.
Sandra M Johnson - December 03, 2008 - Report this comment
ha i'd buy a ton of the menthol ones and make myself sick eatting them all. i wondered what happened to them not that i'd ever get them again in case my mom catches me with them
Lisa - December 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I looked everywhere for the Pine Bros. honey cough drops. I really want them to come back. Every time I have a sore throat or cough I think about them. I thought about them all day today.
Alice Wasserman - December 31, 2008 - Report this comment
There's nothing on the market with the soothing element of glycerine in it. The Pine Brothers cough drops always worked . The menthol & others seem to irritate your throat. I found some in Europe that were glycerine & black currant. Then I found them in u.s. at the MET FOR $3.75 about 20 years ago.Company mergers must have done away with Pine Brothers. We should find out who purchased & done away with them.
mike - January 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I want these now, please. My throat hurts. Ouch
carol asklar - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
pine bros cough drops were always my favorite especially the honey ones, I have looked for them for years and could not believe they were gone!! If anyone ever comes across a similar one let me know these new hard cough drops are awful!!thanks!!!
Joe - February 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Airborne makes a drop that almost like the Pine Bros Drops. Hard to find in stores, but look on line for them.
karen - February 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I guess I may be one of the rare individuals that loved the black licorice flavored Pine Brothers cough drops that came in the assorted flavors box. I REALLY MISS THEM!!
annie - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I have searched high and low- wish someone would make them!
Ann - March 23, 2009 - Report this comment
My mother always got the Pine Bros cough drops for me when I had tonsilitis. I recently rembered them, and found Grether's Black Current Pastilles. You can find them on Amazon or many other websites. They are very expensive, but exactly what you are looking for!
mark - March 26, 2009 - Report this comment
things that are good never last. things that suck stick around forever. i miss pine bros
John - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I thought I was nuts and the only one who longed for these. I'm sick for the first time in about 2 years and was hunting for them yesterday. I had forgotten they were Pine Bros. and instead got Ludens and thought... "I don't remember them tasting like this." Maybe we should all invest our pennies and restart the company. ;)
Cristen - April 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I cant believe these awesome chewy cough drops aren't available anymore. Does anyone have the manufactures information or a way to contact the manufacture to find a way to make these again?
Robert - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
My wife and I were just talking about these(as opposed to me taslking to my cousin about them earlier today)LOL. They were the best! My wife used to buy them in the school store at her elementary school and I would eat these by the box full. My mother actually thought they had some medicinal value and would try to limit how many I would eat! I would always sneak a few extras. The honey ones and the cherry were equally delicious. Why someone doesn't jumpo on the bandwagon and start making these again is beyond me... I would buy a case of them right now if I thought they were somewhat fresh enough to eat!!
Jess - August 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I think about these things often... I Love them... Does anyone know wherenI can find them....
nancy - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
does anyone know why the stop making these...they were the best?
Charlie - August 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I would eat these in elementary school in Brooklyn in the 80's. All the kids would, it was like candy.
Barbara Richmond - September 26, 2009 - Report this comment
those honey pine bros cough drops were good,my favorite was honey,where can I buy them again or please bring them back???
Scott - September 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Cherry was my favorite but now I'm looking for them for my 8 year old.
Barb - November 02, 2009 - Report this comment
H1N1 Season...and no Pine Bros. to be found. Product of 16 years of Catholic Education, and the 'only' thing you could get away with having 'in school' were cough drops...with a parent's note from home...So, we did, and we had 'em...and we hoarded 'em. Cherry, and Honey...started out sort of hard, and then softened up...Want them for my 12 year old daughter...and there are no where to be found. Sadness....Definitely a product of the '70's and '80's....
Alice - November 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Ah, what I wouldn't do for a box of the honey flavored drops! I got sick a lot as a child, and after seeing the doctor, my mother would take me to a tiny little pharmacy on Main Street in Somerville. We'd get my prescriptions filled, and I would get a box of Pine Brothers honey throat drops. I would LOVE it if they came back. All the throat/cough drops out there now have menthol in them. And none of them are chewy.
Jean - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
When ever I had a sore throat my mother would get me a box of Pine Bros honey flavored drops. They worked the best and today's drops don't work. Every time there is a good product on the market it disappears. Please, Please, bring them back I'm going on day five with a sore throat and nothing works. I want PINE BROS.
Andrewt - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I was a huge consumer of Pine Brothers cough drops for about a decade, roughly from 1982- 1992, eating about a three pack each day. My favorite was the Cherry flavor. I long for them and yet I know they are very much sugar that gets caught in the teeth. What exactly was the active ingredient, "syrup of acacia"? Whatever it was, it sure tasted good whether I had a cough or not! But in searching for a drop with a similar flavor and texture, I have just come across a sugar free version of the drop which is remarkably similar in flavor, presentation, and texture. What really gets me is the radically similar texture. Try Grethers Pastilles.'s%20Pastilles&biff=1 These are as close as I have found. Not medicated. Not hard like Ludens or other brands. I salute the makers of Pine Bros. and would sign a petition to bring them back if only for the cherry flavored drops.
John - December 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I guess there is no place to get these soft honey pine bros. cough drops, if anyone knows please email me at, Thanks.
matty - December 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I was just talking about them the other day. Those were the best! I was hoping to find some on line but from what i read they don't make them anymore- what a shame!
Debbie - December 27, 2009 - Report this comment
These cough drops were the best. They were more like candy than anything. I loved them as a child..Plz bring them back somehow.If anyone knows where I can get the cherry ones plz email me at!
laura - January 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Let's hope 2010 is the year they bring back Pine Bros. Cough Drops. If "they" don't do it soon, I'm going to start scouting a manufacturing facility. Who's got the recipe? "Syrup of Acacia," is that honey, honey?
Colleen - January 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved the cherry and I really wish they still made them!!!!
Susan - January 04, 2010 - Report this comment
geez...I wish someone out there knew of a stash of Pine Bros. Honey Cough Drops! There were so good! I'm not sure if they had a medicinal purpose but for me they did the trick for sore throats!
Jimmy D. - January 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Your prayers have all been answered. Try the Weight Watchers "Fruities". These really have almost the same exact consistency and texture, a semi hard chewy gummy texture and they come in a number of flavors that while not exactly the same as Pine Brothers are pretty good.
Robert - January 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone know who owns the rights to the recipe?
Lisa - February 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm 38 and wish for these to return EVERY year when I get a cold. Maybe there was a secret ingredient that made us all addicts... If so many people loved them it makes NO sense that they stopped. Maybe the aliens took them all to ET...
Lainey - February 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Honey cough drops by Pine Brothers!!! Talk about GREAT childhood memories!!! I agree! Someone should bring them back. All of us posting on this page should get together and start our own company!!!
John M. - February 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I n the neighborhood where I lived in Maryland as a kid we all ate Pine Brothers. The lemon flavor wa a rare treat because few stores stocked them. What a treat it would be to revive them!
Liz - March 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I have constantly been on the search for Pine Brother's cough drops. Many times I would buy them instead of candy even when i didn't have a cold! I have tried many different drops, but no one has been able to duplicate that strange, but tasty cherry flavor! I am literally PINING away for them!!!
Jill - March 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey, has anyone tried this? I guess for 5.00 I should take my chances but it looks so shady...
Janine - March 21, 2010 - Report this comment
yep, i ordered, i want them so bad im a sucker. someone preying on all of us out there that are desperate for them. pathetic. anyway, i just inherited money (not a ton though) and am looking into buying the rights and bringing them back. Also wanted to bring back wacky wafers but wonka wont give it up. :(
Eric - March 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Weight Watchers has a candy called Fruities, they taste exactly like Pine Bros., just no honey flavor. Texture is right on!
ina reznicek - May 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I need the old pine brothers chewy cough drops desperately.I have a dreadful cold and cough and the comfort of those chewy honey or cherry drops is missing They are not found in any drug or health foods store. The young clerks have never heard of them. It's missing link to comfort and security in my elementary and high school days in the 50's Oh my,I am so glad to see others who have written their their stories about Pine Brothers honey and cherry drops.
Lucie - June 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I've been told Pine Bros is no longer being made! It's such a shame. I checked out the Grether's Pastilles that many of you have talked about. Their awesome! Worth every penny! There are quite a few websites out there that sell them, but the one I found that has the lowest prices and best customer service is Check them out.
Merrill - September 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Pine Bros cherry were my favorite. I turned my kids on to them too. I knew them from New York, but was able to find them when I moved to Florida in early 2000, in Eckerd drug stores.
big tate - September 20, 2010 - Report this comment
The best cough medication has opiates in it.
Maria - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Absolutely! Loved them! I too bought them by the boxes, and would eat em like candy. I remember watching a teacher in 4th grade, Miss Slattery chewng on these while she taught the class and all I could do was watch her chew and didn't concentrate on what she was saying, I wanted one so badly. Anyway, I used these in the 1970's and 1980's as well, and then they sort of disappeared. Oh, boy, when you take something for granted that it'll be around for ever... Anyway, one day about 15 years back tho I ran across a couple of boxes at a local Ben Franklin, and I'm like, OMG, Pine Bros!! I think they were the licorice and the mixed boxes (Cherry was also my fave) - I bought em but alas see no more these days... Also, The Grethers Currant Pastilles are sold at World Market in the Chicago land area, hope you can find them where you are. Not as "hard" and chewy as the Pine Bros, but still very good. Kind of tart/tangy/chewy little dark purple wonders. Good stuff... keep up the drive to bring back the Pine Bros. They would clean up in a heartbeat if they sold these again!
chester-poo - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
With ya Mria. Love a girl that love something in her mouth such as this terrific item!
kathy - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG. I thought I was the only one that was still looking for these cough drops. They were the best. Cherry was my favorite. I'm going to try the Pastilles above. Oh the sweet memories....
wendy - October 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Bill - November 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I was a fan of the cherry Pine Bro. cough drop also. The closest thing i have found to them now are and after everybody trys these they will agree are WeightWatchers Fruitties sugar free and several flavors but strawberry is absolutely the best. They are a little softer but very addicting.Go for it folks,LOL.
JP - December 15, 2010 - Report this comment
My sister and I LOVED the honey flavored Pine Bros, and would eat them like candy. How I miss them dearly. Anyone willing to resurrect this recipe and market it would be rich!
toni - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
i loved them where can you still get them i live in mn.
CA - January 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been looking for these for many, many years and was hoping when I saw this website there would be somewhere to get them. But alas not to be. Will keep checking to see if anyone comes up with anything.
Betsy - January 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Vermont Country Store is now selling Pine Bros Cough Drops. They come in tins. Haven't tried them yet. So I don't know if they taste the same. They were awesome and I miss them a lot. Luden's has a wild honey drop, but its a hard drop. The taste is good and I have been using them all winter. I purchased them at my local Giant Super Market
elissa - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I just ordered the honey pine bros throat drops fro the Vermont Country Store tonight. Ordered two tins..24 drops in each tin...9.90 each tin, ouch. I pray they are the same. Am so excited! They were the best! I had these back in the 60's up til early 90's...then they disappeared!
KATIE - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Debbie - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I found pine brother chewy cherry flavored at a very reasonable price at Groovy Candies....better price than Vermont Country Store and they have old time candies too!!! Wonderful customer service!
Sabrina - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I found the Honey Pine Bro's cough drops online! The Vermont Country Store has them!
Debbie - January 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I left a comment on Jan 25th saying I found the chewy cherry pine brothers cough drops....I just received them and they turned out to be the hard ones. I called Groovy Candies to let them know. The rep there wasn't aware...they do however have great customer service. The rep is exploring their stock for a cough drop that has glycerin like the soft pine brothers
Julian - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to buy these at the drugstore instead of candy, too! I used to be able to get away with eating them at school by claiming I had a sore throat, for a while. I thought they were gone forever-- so glad to hear that someone has revived them! (I'm looking specifically for the soft cherry flavour, though, VCS doesn't seem to have those...)
Joyce - April 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Jelly Belly has a (new)honey flavored jelly bean that tastes just like Pine Brothers honey cough drops. I don't know if they are available in stores, but I've bought them at the Jelly Belly distribution center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. I'm sure you can order them online from that location or their plant in California.
Louise - April 04, 2011 - Report this comment
these are at
Hank - April 24, 2011 - Report this comment
After growing with Pine Bros and being addicted to the Cherry and Honey and eating them as a favorite candy for years... I am thrilled they are back! I got the honey flavored from drugstore,com -- 2.99 -- for a tin of 26. And they're great, very worth the 11 cents each! As for Cherry -- like others, I discovered the Weight Watchers: Cherry Fruities -- same consistency and almost same taste as Cherry Pine Bros -- very addicting! Unfortunately, they're sweetened with the poisonous Aspartame. Hope the Pine Bros people start making the Cherry drops soon!
KC - May 09, 2011 - Report this comment
Grether's pastilles is what you are looking for. Seems identical to Pine Bros. but about 10 times the price! Look them up online, they are made in Switzerland but sold at better pharmacies here in the US. 2 flavors, w/ or w/out sugar. My brother ordered them online. Warning, they ain't cheap so you have to control yourself!
Carrie - July 22, 2011 - Report this comment
the cherry ones are now available
redblaze - August 12, 2011 - Report this comment
They're Back. Amazon has them and Vermont Country Store has them. also they have a new website,
Heather - October 25, 2011 - Report this comment
cvs has them. Cherry and honey. $3 something for a bag of 32 I think.
SZA - December 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Mary - November 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Just bought both flavors on Walgreens website. Not sold in stores. Not cheap but I treated myself for the holidays.
Giovanni - February 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Thank you for bringing them back. As a kid I always love Pine Bros and for years I been looking at the shelves every single time I walk down the isle where cough drops are normally located and never had any luck until last week at my local supermarket. Thank you Pine Bros. You guys rock!
tim h - July 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I never had these. My grand pap always had Luden's cough drops though. He'd have them in his glove box and we'd sit in the car and watch trains and have one.
Stephanie - January 15, 2014 - Report this comment
PINE BROS ARE BACK!!! I went to CVS yesterday and looked down as I went to swipe my card and there they were! The cherry flavor which is my all time favorite. They are in a red platic cirle container, much like the Ice Breakers container. I brought them right then and there. I have one in my mouth as I type. They taste the same as I remember as a kid. They cost over $3.00, pretty pricey but worth it. It contains 26 drops. So all you Pine Bros lovers out there!! Go get yours!!
Roiz - January 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I have not seen these in ages but they still sell Ludens and now bigger bags.
Charlie - March 31, 2014 - Report this comment
They're back!
Hetty - September 08, 2014 - Report this comment
Yep they are back i bought some today at woodmans grocery store in appleton today woodmans also has a website i think prlly find them in the site(: i bought the honey but there was cherry there too
Franz Coughkah - October 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Got my Oine Brother softish Lemon yesterday! Just in time for cold season:3
Debbiemommyof5 - November 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Loved these as a kid. You can purchase them at shoprite or stop and shop and most supermarkets. they sell them in a bag (no more small boxes) for almost 5 dollars. You get 30 drops. I love the licorice ones but also the honey as well. THey are the only drops my 3 and 4 yr old boys will take. They hate all other cough drops so these are a life saver when they have a cold or slight cough. Gets there mind offf of the sniffles and actually helps them get that gunk up and out of their system. Try these with ELderberry flu for fast and quick relief of symptoms.
TommyD - January 03, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm sitting here reading through all the food pages of this website. I have a bad cold and sore throat. Reading this thread reminded me that I had some of these drops that I ordered a few years ago. Thanks! By the way, after a few years, they aren't as "softish" anymore.
Maxman - July 08, 2015 - Report this comment
I think I am addicted to the Cherry flavor. I remember them as a kid and just started eating them again. You can get them no Amazon and
Junper - January 22, 2017 - Report this comment
Pine Bros. Cough Drops were routinely available at drug, grocery, "five and dime," and 7-Eleven stores in the 1950s, 1960s, and into the 1970s, [1980s??CHECK WHEN I WORKED AT MDC] then they disappeared from store shelves. They were available in honey (brown box) and Cherry (red box) with a waxed paper liner and cellophane wrapper. One ingredient was glycerin, so they were soft, unlike all other cough drops. An old (empty) box I have says: active ingredients: Syrup of Acacia, Glycerine, and Honey in a sugar base. Life Savers, Inc., New York, NY 10019,” so Life Savers owned the product at one time. Here’s what the honey box looked like (this is from a box that was auctioned on eBay). In 1998, IVC Industries of New Jersey bought the rights to manufacture Pine Bros. Cough Drops, and marketed three flavors in boxes about twice as large as the original. With the newer labeling laws, you could read that the active ingredient is slippery elm, and it also included zinc and Vitamin C. A press release noted that distribution was increased to include the upper Midwest and the East Coast, but the only place I found them was in a catalog: The Vermont Country Store carried them in its old fashioned candy department online, but I think I bought the last three cartons they had in their warehouse in 2004 or 2005. I still have some cherry, but I bought honey/lemon (I think it was) until they ran out, and I read online that there was a green tea flavor. Too bad. These drops chased away my sore throats much better than Smith Brothers, Ludens, Halls, Vicks, Ricola, etc. And, as my friends have noted, you could “eat ‘em like candy.”
Peter - May 21, 2017 - Report this comment
Great stuff, Jumper! I remember these from my parents medicine closet. These were really good. Loved the box

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