Elderberry Syrup Gummies – Individually sized immunity boosting treats

Immune Boosting Elderberry Gummies  Until this week, I swore that we never got sick if we took elderberry daily. It really does work well as an immunity booster for our family, but a couple late nights and cold season combined, my daughter came down with the sniffles despite my purple concoction. Anyway, my son and I haven’t gotten sick, which I think still shows that elderberry does something!

We were using elderberry syrup, but I went ahead and simplified the recipe and turned it into gummies to easily get a serving in each day.  The syrup is good, the kids love the gummies though, and they can double as bribes when needed.  I keep them in the fridge, these don’t have as much gelatin in them as other gummie recipes, they’re more like a very firm gelatin than a fruit snack.  Easy for little mouths to chew.

Some notes: Honey is not recommended for children under 1 year of age due to the very small risk of botulism. Nursing mothers may wish to take these to boost their own immunity, but would want to speak with a trusted healthcare professional first.  Check with your healthcare professional before using any herbs or supplements.  I’m not a medical professional, I’m a mom. This works for me and my family, but not everyone.


2-1/2 cups filtered water (buy water filters here)

1/3 cup dried elderberries (buy dried elderberries here)

1/2 cup honey (buy honey here)

1 teaspoon vanilla, optional (buy real vanilla here)

1/2 cup gelatin (buy grassfed beef gelatin here)


  1. Make a tea out of the elderberries: Bring water to a boil, then add elderberries and simmer for 5 minutes, or until dark in color.
  2. Drain, reserving the liquid. You should have about 2 cups.
  3. Add in honey and vanilla and allow to cool.
  4. Stir in gelatin (it’s easier to stir into room temp liquid) until all clumps are out and mixture is uniform.
  5. Heat in a saucepan over medium-low until gelatin is all dissolved.
  6. Pour into a glass container to set.
  7. Allow to set in the fridge.
  8. Cut into approx 1/2 inch by 1 inch cubes, or as desired.
  9. Take one or more daily, as desired.
  10. Store in the fridge.

** PS, the sniffles were really mild, we hit them hard with Plant Therapy’s Germ Fighter and Respir-aid roll on and they were gone within a week – I strongly dislike getting sick!

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  1. Have you tried adding probiotics (either powder or via kefir or yogurt) to your gummies? I’m excited to try gummies as a way to get gelatin into my family, but I’m also looking for picky-little-kid-friendly ways to slip in probiotics as well.

  2. Christina Hauri says:

    This recipe looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it; thank you!

  3. Do you think elderberry concentrated juice could be used in place of making the tea?

    • Yes, you may want to cut the recipe in half though, since it would be more concentrated :) The recipe is pretty forgiving as long as you keep the liquid:gelatin ratio the same.

  4. Have you ever used the sambucus (sp) elderberry syrup to add to the gelatin? Since elderberries are not in season and pricey around here I was wondering if I just put that in with the gelatin of that would be comparable.

  5. Monique Valcourt says:

    My daughter is allergic to beef & dairy so I can’t use beef gelatin. Do you have an alternative suggestion that works well?

  6. Hernandez Home says:

    What brand of probiotic do you use? I want my family to use them. I am just not sure what to get. Also, thank you for this awesome recipe.

  7. Would vegetarian gelatine work? I can’t get safe animal gelatine where I live.

  8. Heather Williams-McKenzie says:

    If any of you are vegan, you can substitute equal amounts of agar agar flakes for the gelatin. Cool idea, I will try this with my kids:)

  9. For those that are not gelatin fans, would fruit pectin work or will in to set enough? * will it not set enough (Typing too fast with auto correct! Sorry.)

  10. Christine McCormick says:

    Agar agar flakes and fruit pectin are not GAPS legal.

  11. Great idea! I have 2 questions. Since I have an elderberry I’m wondering
    how to adapt the recipe to use fresh berries. How many
    would you give to a 2 year old?

    • Katherine says:

      Please let us know how fresh elderberries work with this recipe. Elderberry is efficacious and elderberry trees so abundant that it’s a shame to let the fruit go to waste and spend so much on buying the concentrate. I’d really like some tips on how to make / use / store the fresh juice.

  12. could you make this with Pomona’s pectin instead of gelatin? since you can use honey w/Pomona’s, and it has a better texture?

  13. I love this idea (and I love you!), but I’m sorry to say the result was less than desirable. I thought 1/2 cup of gelatin sounded like a lot, but I went with it anyway. The gummies were like bouncy balls, and no amount of honey, vanilla, or elderberry flavor could cover that horribly strong gelatin taste/smell. I think 2 Tbsp would have been perfectly adequate. Sad to see my honey and great lakes gelatin go to waste, but I’ll play around with the proportions and try something similar.

    • I’m sorry they didn’t work for you! They are much more firm than jell-o, I might need to specify that. They turned out to be about the consistency of gummie bears for me, and I haven’t noticed the gelatin flavor. You should be able to melt them down and add more liquid, though, I would be sad to throw out those ingredients as well!

  14. Any suggestions on what to do with the elderberries after making tea? Besides throw them away.

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