We do gummy vitamins around here and we do foraging for elderberries. We’re that family. We also live five minutes from Target and still I choose to make my own, even though elderberry is becoming more common as an ingredient we can find in store-bought items.
I am not a fan of shelf-stabilizing ingredients and sugar, so making my own elderberry gummies is a no-brainer. It’s super easy and the kids love them, so those are all wins! You will need a few items, but I have that list for you here with links. Also easy!
As cold and flu season emerges this year, we keep these stocked around the clock. The benefits of Elderberry are vast, making them an easy choice for wellness. Elderberry syrup is the most common way to use the berries and contains antioxidants, flavanols, anti-inflammatories, vitamin C, and fiber. These berries (and their flowers too) are health magic. They are also known for reducing the severity and length of the common cold and flu, among many other benefits like fighting cancer and strengthening your heart!
Though we do have elderberry syrup at the house, we all prefer the gummies. They go down easier and have a less intense flavor. I also add a touch of unsweetened juice to the gummies that takes off a little edge.
So, let’s dig into this Elderberry Gummies recipe, shall we? We shall.
To make elderberry gummies, you must first make elderberry syrup. I have a basic recipe here for you, which I make and store in a mason jar in the fridge. This recipe makes about 4 cups of syrup, and we only use one cup of that in the gummies.
Elderberry syrup recipe
1 cup dried or frozen elderberries
4 cups water
2 teaspoons cinnamon (or 2 cinnamon sticks)
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons ginger
⅓ cup raw honey (beware of raw honey consumption by a child under the age of 1)
Bring all ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, cover and let sit for 45 minutes.
Strain your syrup out into a mason jar, removing the berries and cloves.
Store in refrigerator for up to three months.
Elderberry gummies recipe
1 cup elderberry syrup
⅔ cup hot (not boiling) water
½ cup honey
4 packets of gelatin
¼ cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
Combine all liquid ingredients first, then add gelatin and whisk. Once fully mixed, pour your juice into gummy bear molds. Place in refrigerator to set for about 1 hour (or more if needed).
Pop your bears out and into an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Serving size is whatever you choose, but I tend to give the kids about 4 elderberry gummies each.
This recipe makes more elderberry gummies than we can typically eat. We like to split them up and gift to neighbors and friends.
Lastly, I tried once to skimp on the gelatin, feeling like 4 packets was too much. It’s not too much - use all four for ideal gumminess.
I hope your family enjoys these elderberry gummies as much as we do, and if you try them, leave a comment and let us know!
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