Pros: Taste, added vitamin C, soothe the throat
Cons: Contain a lot of sugar
On and off for the past two months, I have been dealing with cold like symptoms. Along with the fatigue have been a scratchy throat, painful ears and sinus as well as chest congestion.
I think I am almost over it, and lo and behold the symptoms start up all over again. It has come to the point that I am starting to think the symptoms could be allergy related, as I do have seasonal allergies as well as allergies to molds and mildews.
Regardless, I have a large supply of Ricola throat drops on hand, because when they went on sale for only a buck a bag at the start of the winter season, I bought a bag in almost every flavor that Ricola made. For the past month, I have had an open bag of Ricola Elderberry Vitamin C Supplement Drops stored in a drawer in a side table in our living room. I intended to review these several weeks ago, but then forgot about them, so I am finally getting around to it.
Ricola Elderberry Vitamin C Drops come in a purple and white colored paper bag, with a picture of purple elderberries in the bottom right hand corner. The size of the throat drops in the picture is pretty close to the actual size. Each bag contains 24 drops, and they are individually wrapped in small pieces of wax paper. This is nice, as the drops don't get stuck to the paper, like some other throat drops will do.
The front of the bag makes a few claims, such as they are "great tasting", and they "help support the immune system". The wrapper reads "Ricola Natures Protection".
On the back of the bag, we read that Ricola mixes their fruity elderberries with their own herb mixture, and this gives the product it's unique flavor. Two of these drops gives the body 100% of it's daily amount of vitamin C.
Two drops contain 29 calories, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugars, and 69 mg of vitamin C. It is suggested that you can take between 2 and 8 drops daily as a dietary supplement. Other ingredients include: sugar, starch syrup, citric acid, extract of Ricola's herb mixture (thyme, hyssop, lemon balm, sage, peppermint), lemon juice concentrate, elderberry juice concentrate, natural color (extract of fruits and vegetables), and natural flavors.
Each drop is colored purple, comes in a small oval shape, less than 1" long, and each side has an engraved "R" on the surface. Although they contain peppermint, I don't taste even a hint of it in the flavor, nor do I notice any lemon. However, these drops really do help calm a throat when I get that tickle in the back of the throat that makes me cough. The drops are very smooth, and remain smooth right to the end, so they aren't sharp against my tongue like some other brands.
I can't say that I am crazy about the sugar content in the Ricola Elderberry Vitamin C Drops, but I do prefer sugar to the artificial sweeteners on the market. Better still, I would prefer to see a stevia sweetener over the sugar ... maybe one of these days! More and more companies are starting to use all natural stevia.
They definitely do taste good, but they are quite sweet. Not as sweet as a piece of hard candy, but still sweet, with a strong berry flavor. I like that these contain the added vitamin C, as this helps fight off infections naturally, but I personally would not use these drops as a vitamin C supplement. There are too many calories in them, in my opinion, to justify using them in this manner.
As far as providing relief for a scratchy throat and that occasional dry tickle or cough, they work well and they taste good. Just two drops gives me my daily dose of vitamin C, and that is a good thing. I give these five out of five stars for flavor and effectiveness, and four out of five stars for ingredients.