Living in Alaska, I am not used to being around air conditioning. The constant change from hot to cold was a contributing factor in my coming down with a cold. After the first couple of days I was feeling better, but I still had a dry and scratchy throat.
On a recent shopping Trip to our local Target store, I was looking over all of the different brands of cough and throat drops, and my jaw dropped when I saw a large eighty count bag of Up & Up Throat Drops, in the Wild Cherry flavor, on sale for only $1.51 plus tax! Wow, I thought this had to be a mistake, but it was marked correctly and I got a super deal.
When I compared the Up & Up Wild Cherry Throat Drops to my favorite brand, Ricola, the savings was just too good to pass up. Up & Up is one of the brands that is distributed by Target stores, and while I have purchased some Up & Up “baggies” that I didn’t care for, most of their products are quite good.
These throat drops come in a large white plastic bag, and I was surprised to see there was even a zip style closure along the top to keep the contents from falling out of the bag, and to keep them fresh. While my Ricola brand boasted that they contained vitamin C, which was very appealing to me, I have vitamin C tablets that I have been taking, I didn’t feel the need to get them from my throat drops. I simply wanted something that I could suck on to moisten my mouth and help the cough reflex.
The active ingredient in Up & Up Wild Cherry Throat Drops is 2.8 milligrams of pectin, which the bag states is an “Oral Demulcent”. A what? I had no idea what an oral demulcent was, so I looked it up at the Wikipedia website, which states it is an ingredient that soothes the throat by causing a film to form over the mucous membrane. Other such demulcents are glycerin, honey and syrup. In short, they are ingredients that help to coat the throat, and especially relieve a dry throat or cough, which is what my intended purpose was when I purchased this product.
Other ingredients are citric acid, corn syrup, colorings, flavors, malic acid, sucrose and water. Unlike ascorbic acid, citric acid does not contain vitamin C. Still, the Up & Up Wild Cherry Throat Drops do have a nice cherry flavor, and they do a good job of keeping my throat moist, which in turn helps with a cough and sore throat.
The drops themselves look very generic. They are red in color, and are individually wrapped in completely clear pieces of cellophane, with no writing or advertising on them. The back of the bag states that Up & Up Wild Cherry Throat Drops can temporarily relieve the minor discomfort and irritation that is caused from a sore mouth and sore throat.
Considering the fact that I have gone through about six of these throat drops a day, I am glad that I have such a large bag of them. I won’t have to worry about rationing them (and yes, I have had to do that in the past when my supply was low and I knew a trip to the store was a few days off).
Overall, for the price, Up & Up Wild Cherry Throat Drops are a great value. If you are diabetic you probably want to consider the amount of sugar that are in these drops (as you should all brands that you buy), but other than that I give these high marks for doing what they claim to do. Highly recommended and would gladly buy again.