Historical Packaging 1931

VICKS cough drops - more than 85 years of cough drop expertise.

Created by the maker of the famous VICKS VapoRup, Lunsford Richardson. VICKS cough drops are the first major product to join VapoRub in the VICKS family in 1931.

They were an immediate hit, selling more than 25 million packages in the first year.


  • 1930s

    Introduction of VICKS cough drops to the US market.

  • 1950s

    Three new delicious varieties were born: Eucalyptus and Cherry followed by Lemon which is today still one of the most loved VICKS flavours.

  • 1960s

    In Germany a large production facility was built for VICKS cough drops. From there they are shipped across Europe, where the good quality of the „Made in Germany“ VICKS cough drops is respected and appreciated.

  • 1970s

    In the seventies comes the birth of a classic: VICKS Blue wins the hearts of many VICKS fans and helps them to enjoy a deep breath.

  • 1980s

    Since the end of the 80s the popular VICKS cough drops are available sugar free and thus became friendly to teeth.

  • 2015

    In November 2015, Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG acquires the unlimited license to market and sell Vicks cough drops in Europe and Russia.

  • 2016

    Now VICKS VapoDrops® are available in the UK market.