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The W - CRZ's World - NOBODY CARES BUT ME: Why is there a "B" imprinted on my Walgreens cough drops?
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You know how I love to remind you how old I am, but recently I was lamenting the fact that you can't get a tin of Sucrets that have that "Sucrets" taste anymore, because they must have stopped making that flavour right around the time they started ripping out all the pay phones.

This led me to Walgreens, where I purchased two bags of their "Euaclyptus Flavored Cough Drops," which was about as close as I was gonna get, and was also two bags of 30 each for 99 since the second bag was free. So with one at the house and one in the office you know I've been pretty much mentholated all week.

The thing that I was interested in, though, was how come every time I unwrapped one of these things, I ended up with a drop which had a "B" imprinted on it?

(I should have a picture here. Let's see if I can make this phone take one where you can actually make it out...)

Here's the bag (and my right shoe):


Here's a closer view of the cough drop - pretend you can see the "B" because I'm too lazy to take another picture and wait for T-Mobile to mail it to myself:


SO! What's the deal with that "B," anyway?

You'd THINK this is just the sort of thing you could get onto the Internet and have the answer in ten seconds or less - well, you can't. 'cause I spent a good TWENTY seconds, and I got nothin'.

By the way, try to formulate a search for those results - it's not easy. Single letters always mess everything up. I tried "Why do Walgreens cough drops have a B imprinted on them?" and that worked about as well as you expect...but I digress.

Fortunately, the package has an 800 number to call, so I figured I could call up Walgreens and play "stump the band" with them. I'm sure there are people on the other end of the line who LIVE for that kinda stuff. Or, you know, they already have their "store brand cough drop FAQ" all printed up and ready for rote response to idiot callers with clearly nothing better to do.

But here's the SHOCKING SWERVE - the 800 number DIDN'T go to Walgreens. After too many rings, the answering machine picked up and said they were in fact BestSweet (bestsweet.com), who make Baskin Robbins candy AND BeeMD cough drops (beemd.com).

It doesn't look like there are any Eucalyptus BeeMD cough drops, so it's not a super secret cheap way to pick up a brand name cough drop - although let's be honest, even brand name cough drops are what, $1.49 for a zillion? - so it looks like the "B" can only stand for BESTSWEET.

Of course, it doesn't say "BestSweet" ANYWHERE on the Walgreens bag, but I'm sure there are contracts explaining that somewhere which we'll never see. Still, it kinda feels all SECRETY and stuff that I figured it out. So naturally, I did what I had to do and blabbed it all over the Internet the first chance I got.

So now YOU know what the "B" stands for. AND who really makes the Walgreens cough drops.

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most "store brands" are actually made by other well known companies like that. Well, not so well known, but that make other more well-known products.

Now if you could just find someone who still makes cough drops in those Sucrets tins...
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    Originally posted by Lise
    most "store brands" are actually made by other well known companies like that. Well, not so well known, but that make other more well-known products.

    Now if you could just find someone who still makes cough drops in those Sucrets tins...
Sucrets makes them! But only in (yuk) red.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Sucrets makes them! But only in (yuk) red.


I've had just about enough of your red-bashing.

(edited by hansen9j on 8.1.09 1627)


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