Pine Bros. Throat Drops…Certified Gluten-Free and Delicious!

Pine Bros. Throat Drops ReviewA little over a month ago, I was contacted by Pine Bros. and asked if I wouldn’t mind doing a review of their throat drops, which also happen to be Vegan and CERTIFIED GLUTEN-FREE…in particular, their two newest flavors: Sugar Free Cherry & Vitamin C Orange. Um, of course! In my book, anyone who goes through the effort, both in time and expense, to actually become certified with the GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization), deserves a little time and effort on my part to give an honest review. And their timing couldn’t have been more perfect…

img_4765As many of you know, in addition to running the “Gluten-Free In Las Vegas” blog and website, I am also a working jazz singer & performer here in town. At the end of November, I got the opportunity to travel to China for a singing gig (performing for a gala celebration at the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing in honor of the first-ever direct flights from Beijing to Las Vegas…pretty dang cool). The trip was amazing, and the gig itself was fabulous, but between the 30+ hour travel days (unfortunately the performers didn’t get to take advantage of those awesome direct flights…wah!!!), the 16 hour time difference, making me WIDE-AWAKE at 3:00am every single day, and the difficulty and stress of needing to eat gluten-free in a country that seems to have NO understanding of what that is (even when I had a card written out in Chinese explaining all of it), meant that I came back exhausted and horribly, terribly sick. Within 2 days of being back, I had completely lost my voice (not such a great thing, when that’s how you make your living). SO, coming home to find these yummy, soothing throat drops in the mail was a total blessing!!

They are unlike any other throat drops I have tried before. First and foremost being that they are made with ALL-NATURAL ingredients, and have been for the past 140+ years!!! Here’s a little history behind the product:

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. ~

They are seriously YUMMY, and I love the gummy-like quality they have. I can tuck one between my cheek and my teeth while I sing, and it will actually stay there (without the fear that I might choke on it, unlike most throat lozenges). Plus, because they don’t contain any “medicine,” there is no worry about eating too many. I used them constantly while I was sick, and they really helped!! When I first opened the package, I was a little surprised that they weren’t individually wrapped, but I also kinda LIKED the fact that they weren’t wasting a bunch of paper and creating more trash. I just kept a little ziplock filled in my purse, and then I grabbed one whenever I needed it. I really, really like the taste and consistency of these Pine Bros. throat drops, so now I keep them with me all the time!

I also offered a few samples to some of the members of our Las Vegas Celiac Support Group, when we had our December luncheon…here are their completely unedited comments::

“They’re very mild and they have the texture and taste like gummy bears. I had no problems with them.” ~ Lise D.

“I liked the flavor of the Pine Bros. throat drops and I liked that they were not too sweet.” ~ Carol S.

“Not much flavor but they seemed to work.  Although, I would not buy the product off the shelf since the front of the package did not indicate it was gluten free.” ~ Arlen H.

“I was surprised that they weren’t individually wrapped and there was not a way to close the package once it was opened. The taste is pleasant, not medicine-y and it lasts a long time in your mouth. The effect isn’t very strong, I wouldn’t use it for a sore throat. However it works well for a tickle in the throat or a dry mouth.” – April M.

I also asked my husband if he wouldn’t mind trying them out for a few days while working one of his big tournaments (he works as an emcee/announcer for several major casinos here in town, hosting their high-end baccarat & slot tournaments), and here’s what he had to say:

“I am a professional announcer and singer. My voice is my life. With all of the talking and singing I do, I have to keep it in good shape. If I start to get a scratchy throat, I must react quickly. These Pine Brothers lozenges are wonderful. They are flavorful and soothing. I can stick one in my cheek and feel the effects in a very short time. I also love that they are natural and gluten-free. I am gluten-intolerant, and I love having a very important product for my career that I know is safe. Thank you Pine Brothers!!” ~ Ron Smith,

So I’d say, overall, pretty awesome reviews from everyone! You can find Pine Bros. on the web at and in the throat lozenge aisle at most drug stores, like Walgreens, CVS, etc. Right now, you can find these newest flavors at Harris Teeter, Harmon, and ShopRite (SF Cherry), and at Kinney Drug Store (Vitamin C Orange)…and hopefully everywhere else SOON! 🙂

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**


2015 Las Vegas Gluten and Allergen-Free Wellness Event Review!

A few weeks ago, on Saturday, April 18th, the Suncoast Hotel in Summerlin played host to Nikki Everett and the Gluten & Allergen-Free Wellness Event….and it was a HUGE success! Incredible speakers, awesome vendors, and TONS of delicious gluten-free food to sample!!!

Here are a couple of my FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS from the day:



  • Okay, first of all, the Brazi Bites (specifically the Jalapeño Pepper Jack flavor!!) would have to be the absolute BEST thing I tasted all day! And that’s saying a lot, because there were so many yummy things at this expo. But seriously, these are AMAZING! Purchase online or look for them in the freezer section of Sprouts, Fresh & Easy, and Whole Foods.

Brazi Bites is on a mission to share Brazilian Cheese Bread with the U.S.! Naturally gluten-free, non-gmo, made with 100% natural ingredients and ready to bake. Brazi Bites Brazilian Cheese Bread (pão de queijo in Portuguese) go straight from the freezer to the oven and are ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes.

With a crispy crust and fluffy center they are great for parties, family gatherings, game day, or just as part of an everyday meal. Try them on their own or paired with your favorite meats, cheeses, soups and spreads.


NoGii (Gluten-Free Solutions for Healthy Families) by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

  • My 2nd favorite gluten-free finds from the event all came from Elisabeth Hasselbeck & NoGii (gluten-free solutions for healthy families). I had seen the protein bars at Walgreens, but never tried them before. Oh my goodness, they are COMPLETELY DELISH!! I had no idea they would be that good. The Chocolate Caramel Bliss Protein D’lites may possibly be my new ALL-TIME FAVORITE go-to snack…with only 120 calories and 7 grams of protein, these little goodies pack a punch!  The Cookies & Crème Super Protein Barwith an incredible 29 grams of protein(!!!!), is now my husband’s favorite quick-and-easy meal replacement. We also got a sample of their brand NEW Whey & Quinoa Protein Powder (160 calories and 20 grams of protein), and today we made some yummy mixed-berry smoothies with it…seriously good stuff. WE are super excited about ALL their products! And the best part? You can find them at places like Walgreens, CVS, and even Walmart!!

NoGii Bars were created to provide a NO GLUTEN alternative for active lifestyles. Whether you are on-the-go, at play, or in the gym, NoGii bars are formulated to give you and your family good, clean, gluten-free nutritional food choices.


Here are some of our INSTAGRAM PHOTOS from that day (along with my comments, links, hashtags, etc.), featuring my favorite vendors at the event:

Chandice Probst & Gluten-Free on a Budget” here @GFAFWellness Event today…recipes look AMAZING!! #GFAFEvent

Are these 2 from LIVING LUXE GLUTEN FREE @lvlxglutenfree the cutest couple ever or what!?! 😉 Living Luxe Cookbook with Gluten Free AND Lactose Free recipes!! #GFAFEvent

living lux

The Digest-Zen from @doterra absolutely SAVED me this morning after getting a little glutened last night at dinner…thank you!!!


YUMMY samples from @GlutinoFoods at the @GFAFWellness Event! GF Chocolate Covered Wafers & Salted Caramel Covered Pretzels, oh MY!!! #GFAFEvent


LOVE @GreatGrubbing!! So excited to see them at the @GFAFWellness Event!!! If you haven’t visited GREAT GRUBBING in Henderson yet, RUN don’t walk…100% gluten-free!! 🙂 #GFAFEvent

great grubbing

The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet is in the HOUSE!!! Follow Jen @ggfgourmet and check out her awesome story, recipes & products!!! #GFAFEvent

gluten grain free gourmet

You gotta check out the FABULOUS desserts from UR SWEET MADNESS! Chef @pastryjackie is AWESOME!!! 🙂 #GFAFEvent

us sweet madness

LOVING the Tropico’s Cereal from FREEDOM FOODS booth…tastes like an even BETTER version of Fruit Loops, but with lower sugar, lower salt & completely allergen free!!! #GFAFEvent


Tons of great samples from ENJOY LIFE FOODS here at @GFAFWellness Event in Vegas! ALL of their products are free of wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, & shellfish, but shockingly NOT free of taste!! LOL Yummy! #GFAFEvent


There were 2 other products that we were given samples of that, I will admit, I have not had occasion to try yet (mostly because they involve cooking and/or baking, which I rarely have the time or patience to do anymore). LOL

51c0P95DrcLThe first is a Californian Tri-Tip Spice from Opa Helmut’s Pure Organic Seasonings.  Here’s some info I found online: “Founded in 2012 and based on recipes harkening back to 1875, Opa Helmut’s Rub offers six delectable spice blends and encourages foodies to explore a modern world of healthy German cooking. They are organic, gluten free, MSG free, and without preservatives. They are great for Tri Tips, Poultry, Pork and BBQ, Fish and Vegetables, Beef and Lamb, and Burgers. You can also use our spice blends as a rub or marinade, and for dips and dressings.”

776118_252902bd8f624abb850a32232043d3a4.jpg_srz_p_243_240_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00The other product I have not had a chance to try is Mesquite Flour from Moody Orchards. Fortunately for YOU, the wonderful cook and author of LIVING LUXE GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOK, Michelle Lee, did a blog post recently all about cooking and baking with the Mesquite Flour…even including 3 recipes you can make using it. You can find that BLOG POST HERE. Thanks, Michelle!

So, there you have it. The 2015 Las Vegas Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event in a nutshell (an allergen-free nutshell, that is). I hope you found it useful. 🙂

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