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Grether’s Blackcurrant Sugar-Free Pastilles
Soothes ill, dry and over-worked throats without being sticky. Unique texture takes three months to make. Subtly flavored with fruit juice. Comes in a reusable gold tin. Made in Switzerland.
Softly flavored with woodsy berry juice, Grether’s Pastilles have been around for 150 years. The process for making these are a bit of a secret, but deriving the ingredients, shaping and curing the pastilles takes three months. The result is a subtle pastille, neither hard nor soft, that coats the throat with soothing glycerin that won’t feel sticky the way sugary lozenges do.
The pastilles were originally developed to smooth the hard-working vocal cords of singers and public speakers, but are great for sore throats and coughs, or the parched dryness that comes from winter air, heaters and air conditioners.
Blackcurrants are sweet, sharp, woodsy and highly nutritious berries.
The pastilles are stowed like the jewels that they are in gold tin box that you can keep using even after they’re gone.
The original recipe was developed in England in the 1800s, but the pastilles are now made in Switzerland, though Grether’s still sources some of the ingredients from the same companies used by the original makers.
Quality is assured by Swissmedic, the Swiss agency for therapeutic products.
Use & Care
The pastilles have a unique texture -- they're soft enough not to crack like hard candy, but aren't meant to be chewed like a gummy bear. The pastilles will dissolve slowly in your mouth.
Production & Design
To make Grether's pastilles takes time, experience and the right ingredients. Vegetable-based glycerin makes the pastille soothing to your throat, and agar agar, a gelling agent made from ocean plants (don't worry -- you can't taste the sea in the pastilles) gives them their smoothness.
Agar agar makes the pastilles unique, but also makes is impossible to mass produce. The pastilles are formed in wooden cases where they firm up and mature for six weeks. The second phase of maturation develops the pastilles flavor and shine.
110 grams (3.75 ounces)
Soothes sore and dry throats, singing and speaking voices
Lycasin, gelatin and agar-agar (gelling agents), citric acid, glycerin, artificial sweetener acesulfame-k, natural blackcurrant fruit juice concentrate. Colored only with natural blackcurrant fruit juice.
Lake Constance, Switzerland