Ricola is most known for those annoying commercials featuring the alpine horn, advertising the all natural cough drops. When I get a cold, my cough lasts forever and I was willing to try anything short of selling my first born to get some relief. I bought these cough drops and have since turned into a believer. These are the only remedy that I have tried that have given me any relief. This is including extra strength cough medicine. Supposedly these cough drops are made from natural Swiss mountain herbs, organically grown and harvested. I am not sure exactly how they work, all I know is that they do. The taste is not horrible but I can say it is an acquired taste. Definitely not as strong as the menthol cough drops but not quite as tolerable as some of the fruit flavored ones you can buy. These are not a favorite of my daughter's, however, and I really can't imagine any child who would enjoy them. The cough relief I get, however, far outweighs the taste of the drops. In just a few minutes, my coughing subsides considerably. I definitely can recommend these to anyone who is suffering from a nagging cough and is looking for some welcome relief.