Immunity Boosting Elderberry Gummies

Elderberry gummies are a great way to boost immunity! and kids think they're great.Elderberry Gummies

Have you heard about the wonders of Elderberry?! It’s a great little berry that has a ton of wonderful uses especially during cold/flu season.

Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 “swine” flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) . (source: WebMD)

If you go to a natural food store and buy a homeopathic cold or flu treatment, odds are that it’s probably going to have some elderberry in it. But why leave it until you’re already sick? You can make these super easy Immunity Boosting Elderberry Gummies for you and your kids to munch on all season long to keep your immunities high and your sick days low!

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First things first, you’re going to need to find some organic dried elderberries. Some health food stores will carry them but you can also find them on Amazon or other online retailers. Don’t worry if you have to order a larger package than you would like. From jams to cough syrups, there are tons of things you can make with Elderberries. Or you could always make a ton of gummies and share them with friends. I’m sure they won’t mind!

How to Make Elderberry Gummies Tutorial

by Vanessa

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Making Elderberry infused water is super easy. Just pour one cup of boiling water over 1/4 cup of dried elderberries and allow to steep for 20 minutes. Use a fine mesh strainer to separate the berries from the 1 cup of water you’ll need for the recipe.

How to make Elderberry gummies

In a small pot over low heat whisk together 1 cup of Elderberry-infused water, 3 tablespoons of gelatin, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and a sweetener. I used 1/4 teaspoon of stevia powder but you could also use cane, honey, or any other sweetener of choice (stevia is really concentrated so add different sweeteners accordingly.) Continue mixing until liquid thickens to a syrup state. Remove and pour into silicone molds. Allow to solidify completely and then pop out!

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The best thing about these gummies? My kids think I’m giving them treats instead of trying to prevent them from catching every cold under the sun! Hope you and your family enjoy these as much as mine do!

elderberry gummies Have you used Elderberry before? What have you made with it? 

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Vanessa Brady is the mother of two boys and when she's not pretending to be a robot or superhero, Vanessa enjoys creating original projects and tutorials for her creative living blog, Tried & True.
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  2. 2
    Stacey

    Can you do this with other fruits?

    1. 2.1

      Absolutely! You can do this with any fruit juice or even fruit puree if you want a chunkier fruit snack. Just keep in mind that you might want to omit the sugar if your juice isn’t unsweetened.

  3. 3
    christina p

    Thanks for the post. How do you store these gummies and how long do they last? I’m thinking about making these for my daughter.

    1. 3.1

      We always store ours sealed in the fridge since we like to eat them cold. I’d say they probably last about a week in there although to be honest, they usually get gobbled up quicker than that!

  4. 4

    Love this recipe…especially how to make the juice myself! I’ve seen a different one that called for already made syrup, but love the idea of making it myself. I knew it was easy to do and can’t wait to pick up some berries next time I’m out ;)

    I just picked up another container of gelatin today so I could make Kombucha gummies-now I’ll be ready for these, too!

  5. 5
    debbie

    Just wanted to let you know, this is a great idea. Elderberry used to actually be one of the active ingredients in Tamiflu.

  6. 6

    These look amazing! Wish I had the recipe before this winter started…I’ve have sinus trouble almost the entire winter. Pregnancy probably has something to do with it though! :)

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  8. 7

    Love this idea! I usually have to have my kids chug the syrup I made…and sometimes give them an apple slice afterwards. Just a reminder to never eat raw elderberries because they could cause some serious stomach issues.

  9. 8
    Sumer

    So I’ve made these a few times now and have questions:
    =Mine NEVER got to as thick of a state that I see in the picture. It was still pourable after being on the heat for 15 minutes and barely thick enough to call ‘syrupy.’ Did I take it off too soon?
    =are they supposed to be really bland? My first try I did 1/2 the sweetener the recipe called for since it was liquid stevia, but even on the following batches when I used the full amount they were still bland. :/ Did I use the wrong elderberries? As a liquid it tasted fine, but gelled up not so much… ?
    =I may have added too much gelatin on my first batch, but even on the last batch I did they seemed overly chewey…
    HELP! I’d love to have the benefits of these little guys and I’m so hoping I did something wrong….

    1. 8.1
      Kalina

      This is exactly what mine did, too. I don’t see it not thickening as an issue since they hardened, but I feel like 3 tbsp was too much gelatin because they were an unpleasant texture.

    2. 8.2
      Eileen Marsh

      We grow our own elderberries and freeze about 40 qt a year, Our plan was to try elderberry wine, So far we haven,t tried. I did see the gummie and took down the recipe..Not much luck..The color of my water after straining the skins and seeds was like weak tea, I proceeded with the directions,but there is no taste what so ever. I really want this to work if you have any suggestions please let me know.

  10. 9
    Johanna

    Where do you get the molds?

  11. 10
    Rebecca J

    what gelatin brand did you use?

  12. 11
    Joline Mckinney

    How many of these gummies can you have per day?

  13. 12
    Kären Johannsen

    What a delightful recipe and idea! My husband harvests elderberries by the hundreds or more each season right from the trees that are growing in abundance around our village here in Germany. He has an electric steam juicer and fills liter bottles full of healthy juice from the berries for our pantry. Just last week he did 20 liters worth and is gone today before the rains come tomorrow to harvest one of the last bunches of ripe plump berries for our larder. We make a soup out of the juice, heat up the juice with sugar and water with a touch of lemon peel and a stick of bark cinnamon and either have a cup of that, or eat with a dumpling like clump from Grieß (something like cream of wheat), or add a little shot or so of rum in the hot juice and poof! flu or colds skedaddle! Best cold medicine there is. Of course the gummies make more sense for the kiddies unless right before bedtime and you want them to sleep well all night!
    ?
    I too, have a question on where you got your cute heart forms. Will be looking online for some silicone forms. I am sure to find something in this land of chocolate and luscious pralines!
    BTW we call the berries Fliederbeern here. Or Holunderbeern. They make an excellent liquor too. Maybe that is why there are so many hardy Germans around here who are rarely sick, in all kinds of weather? Elderberry Schnapps! ~ Kären, formerly from Alaska and transplanted to Northern Germany ~

  14. 13
    Katie

    I make an elderberry syrup my family loves. Can I use that for the infused water part and add the gelatin?

  15. 14
    Karen Young

    Hi. i make juice, jelly, and put them into our morning muffins. We harvest our berries in are wooded area.

  16. 15
    Melissa

    Hi. Did you put them in the fridge to cool and harden or just leave them on the counter top?

  17. 16
    Stephanie Brower

    How do you store your gummies? In the fridge? Do they stick together?