How to make elderberry syrup gummies

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As a mom, I sometimes struggle with being overly paranoid about germs. It’s not that I think germs are so horribly awful because if your immune system is healthy, you should be able to fight off most germs, but I just don’t like seeing my kids sick.

Elderberry syrup gummies are a great way to help boost y children's immune systems.

 My goal is to find balance in how to keep my kids healthy without turning into hermits during cold and flu season. I want to build healthy kids with functioning immune systems.

Part of my arsenal is using elderberry syrup. Elderberry rocks as an anti viral and I am comfortable using it as a preventive for my kids. You can find more information on elderberry in my post, here.

My kids LOVE elderberry syrup and would drink a ton of it if I let them. I like to use small daily doses when we are around others that get sick or if I feel my kids are trying to fight something off.

Elderberry syrup is versatile and I will often add extra herbs to help either fight an active infection or just to help modulate our immune systems. My recipe uses astragalus, which I love for helping keep the immune system balanced.

This recipe will show you how to make elderberry syrup gummies, which is super easy and kids love them. Plus, it adds a healthy dose of gelatin which is great for happy guts.

Elderberry syrup gummies are a great way to boost our children's immune systems.

It may seem strange but I add apple cider vinegar to my syrup. I think it cuts the overly sweet flavor plus it adds so many health benefits. In fact, when I made this batch my eight year old said it didn’t have enough vinegar! (He is my tart man.)

I don’t have any fancy molds so I just use a mini muffin pan.

For this recipe, I got 30 gummies, which is great to give one a day for a month. I also have to make a pan of non vitamin gummies when I do this because they would eat them all if I let them. 😉

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How to make elderberry syrup gummies
Serves: 30
An effective, easy way to help build your children's immune systems.
  • ½ cup fresh elderberries (Use ¼ cup if using dried berries)
  • 1 cup water
  • a few astragalus sticks (Optional, you can add just about any other dried herbs)
  • ¼ cups apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey (If your kids like sweeter, add more)
  • ¼ cup gelatin
  1. Add elderberries and astragalus to water and simmer for 30 minutes
  2. strain herbs and pour liquid back into pan
  3. Add vinegar and gelatin and stir until smooth. (May need to heat a bit)
  4. Add honey and stir in
  5. Pour into mini muffin pan or any other mold

Elderberry syrup gummies are an easy way to help build up your children's immune systems.

An easy to help keep your sweeties healthy and happy! Keep checking back to the blog as I will be posting my recipe for multi vitamin gummies for your kids.

This post is linked at Real Food Forager for Fat Tuesdays.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


  1. says

    That sounds neat. I like most berries in general. At first I though it was going to be a recipe for elderberry wine, which would also be appreciated :) (And I would promise not to put poison in it- like ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’)

  2. says

    I love a good old fashioned natural remedy. I was going to ask where you can buy them, but I saw on your “Elderberries From Harvest to Preservation” post you link to Mountain Rose Herbs. Lots of people recommend that site – I’ll have to check it out!!

  3. says

    This sounds great! I was wondering if instead of just dried elderberries, if it would work with this: Maybe straight eldberries is better, I don’t know. When you say 1/4 cup of gelatin, is it gelatin you’ve gotten from bone broth or something like that, or just regular powdered gelatin from the store? Have you made it without the vinegar? I would think that would make it too sour for my kids. Thanks for your help!

    • says

      Hi Melissa! Yes, you could totally use that blend. Just make the tea and strain. And use the same. Gelatin powder is what I used. There is a link above for the brand I like or you can get knox from the grocery store. If you leave out the vinegar, just make sure you ad an extra 1/4 cup of liquid, either the tea or some juice.

      I hope that helps. :)

      • says

        Thanks so much for your help! When you make 30 mini muffins size gummies, it doesn’t look like in the picture that they’re full to the top. Do you fill them halfway full then? Just trying to get an idea of the dosage size. Thanks!

        • says

          Yes, I didn’t fill them. I wanted to be able to get 30 for a month’s supply. I’d say about half way, maybe a little less. I’m horrible at pouring. It’s better to start with less and go back and fill.

  4. Marie says

    1/4 cup of gelatin seems like an awful lot. I managed to accidentally gel a 1/2 gallon of simple syrup and vodka with just 1 teaspoon of the vegetable gelatin. What type of gelatin are you using?

    • says

      I am using great lakes. It is a lot but it has so many health benefits that I like to use a lot to get a daily dose of it into my kids. This is an easy way to do it. 😉

  5. Tami says

    What is the shelf life of the Gummies, do you know? Also, I’ve made them using Agar instead of gelatin for a vegetarian gummie. Worked GREAT!

    • says

      Yes, I was amazed. I just went around them with a sharp knife first but they popped right out with no residue on the pan. (It is a non stick pan) You could also use silicon molds.

  6. Amie says

    Thank you for the recipe. I was just wondering what the purpose of the vinegar is? I know there are health benefits of raw apple cider vinegar, but aren’t these benefits lost when it is heated?

    • says

      Hi Amie. Yes, you lose some of the properties because of heating but I do add it after it’s heated, hoping it retains some of the value. However, my kids just love sweet and sour things so the bit of vinegar gives it a nice touch. Plus, my son says the vinegar makes his throat feel better when it’s sore. IF your kids don’t like sour you could sub more water for the vinegar.

  7. M Mendoza says

    So, simmering or heating them doesn’t destroy it effectiveness? Also, is there a limit to how much elderberry is safe?

    • says

      The elderberries will lose some of their properties through heating, that is why a combination of syrup and tincture is best, IMO. When are actively sick, I go straight for the tincture. Syrup and gummies for prevention. I really don’t know about limits of elderberry but we dose small several times a day and have never had an issue here.

  8. Amy says

    I just made this recipe and something went wrong! When I simmered the berries for 30 mintues, by the time that was over, and I strained the berries, there was only about 3-4T of liquid left – is that correct?

    • says

      oh boy, no,you should have a good amount of liquid. Were you using dry or fresh berries? But, you can still use that juice, it is super concentrated so you can just add water to it to make a cup.

  9. Shannon Phifer says

    These turned out wonderful! I did add a cinnamon stick and cracked ginger during the simmering stage and also used an astragalus oil. They taste amazing and we’re so easy (I did 4 batches in no time). We actually prefer these over elderberry elixir. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sharon says

    How long do these take to set up to come out of the molds? I am planning to make a ton with my sisters and wondering how long to plan.

  11. Jen F says

    My 4yo son who will drink the syrup daily straight up without honey did not like the STRONG apple cider vinegar of these gummies. I would suggest to double the honey amount and add one cinnamon stick and 4 cloves to the first steeping along with the astragalus root.

    Also, I used silicone molds that were 1 oz each (used for baby food freezing, filled them half full (so 1/2 oz cubes) and it yielded 35. I was afraid they would stick to the sides but these are a VERY gumm-y gummie…so did not stick to the sides even with some twisting and torture to get them out. I just barely used a butter knife to loosen them.

    • says

      Sorry your son didn’t like the sour, my kids love it. (But, I have one that drinks ACV straight)

      Cinnamon and cloves are great additions. My boys like ginger too.

  12. Yvonne says

    I love the idea…the only problem remain is where to find elderberries…????
    Where I live(close to LA) I’ve never seen those! Not even dried… :(


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