How to Make Flu-Busting Elderberry Gummies

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Cold and flu busting gummy bears- simple homemade recipe that kids love
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I’ve shared my recipes for chewable gummy vitamins and healthy fruit snacks before, and today I’m sharing a flu-busting combination of the two.

It seems that this flu season is going to be a bad one, and elderberry syrup is one of my favorite natural remedies for avoiding or beating the flu. These flu busting gummy bears combine the immune boost from elderberry syrup with the gut benefits of gelatin for a healthy and delicious way to beat the flu.

Elderberry Gummy Bears Recipe

My kids love these! In fact, that is why the ones in the picture above look a little rough — little hands kept touching them while I was trying to take pictures!

To make this recipe, you’ll need to make homemade elderberry syrup first (don’t worry, it is easy!) and then make them into gummy bears.

Cold and flu busting gummy bears- simple homemade recipe that kids love

Elderberry Gummies Recipe

Homemade gummy bears with a base of elderberry syrup help boost the immune system and are fun for kids (or adults) to take!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Calories 17kcal
Author Katie Wells


60 gummies


  • Glass container or silicone molds



  • Grease molds or glass pan with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  • Place ¼ cup of cooled elderberry syrup in a 2 cup measuring cup and quickly whisk in the gelatin powder.
  • Add the ½ cup of hot (not boiling) water and stir quickly until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the elderberry syrup and stir or whisk until completely smooth.
  • Pour into molds and refrigerate for 2 hours or until completely firm.
  • Pop out of molds and store in airtight container with parchment paper between layers.


Nutrition Facts
Elderberry Gummies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 gummies)
Calories 17 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.5g1%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Sodium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 2.7g1%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 2.3g3%
Protein 0.8g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Take daily as needed to avoid flu or take every few hours to help beat the flu faster.
Will last up to a week in the fridge in an airtight container (could last longer, but I haven’t tried it since they never last that long at my house!).

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This Flu Busting gummy bears recipe is made with homemade elderberry syrup and gelatin for an immune boosting, gut healthy treat for kids of all ages!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


243 responses to “How to Make Flu-Busting Elderberry Gummies”

  1. Judy Avatar

    Is the recipe picky about which kind of gelatin to use? I just have Knox gelatin at home for example.

  2. Samantha Avatar

    When making this recipe, do you let your gelatin bloom first before mixing it in with the other ingredients?

  3. Leigh Anne Avatar
    Leigh Anne

    I make a big batch of these gummies every week for my kids and my parents! I wanted my kids to drink echinacea tea but they didn’t care for it, so I just had the idea to use freshly brewed echinacea tea in place of the water in the recipe. They don’t taste it but they’re getting the extra health benefits in their gummies. Just wanted to share my hack ?

  4. Gayle Schroeder Avatar
    Gayle Schroeder

    These were delicious and everyone loved them however after two weeks in the fridge they molded. Little blue green mold covering the whole gummy and I had to throw them out. Is there anyway to make them drier or mold proof? I really did not want to put them in the dehydrator after making them as they’re so much work

  5. Melanie Avatar

    What did I do wrong?? My gummies didn’t solidify. ? I had them in the fridge all night. I made the elderberry syrup , used warm water, unflavored gelatin. Although my elderberry syrup was cold since it was from the fridge, was the temperature of the syrup my error?

  6. Caori Avatar

    5 stars
    Great idea! I made the syrup but one child refuses to take it. They’re just getting over a cold and I wondered how often I should give children the syrup or gummies. Thank you for sharing

  7. Jennie P Avatar

    4 stars
    Thank you Katie for sharing this recipe. I tried this but taste is only my concern. How to get citrus taste because my kids prefer such taste.

  8. Patti Avatar

    I just made a batch and they set up so quickly I couldn’t even get them into the molds I got about half the molds filled. Do I need to heat all of the elderberry juice so it stays a little warmer?? Suggestions please

  9. Ariel Avatar

    Thanks for changing the recipe and not saying anything…I make this recipe all the time and have never had any issues, but this time I’ve had to throw away TWO BATCHES of gummies because of it! What a waste ?

  10. Sonia Avatar

    What size are your molds and how many gummies a day do your kids take? I’ve been using your syrup recipe for a couple of years and am switching to gummies because it’s easier. Just wondering about dosage. Thanks!

  11. Susan Avatar

    I know this sounds like a silly question but can you freeze the elderberry gummies? I want to make them but am certain I can’t eat them all in 5 days. Maybe making a smaller batch would be a better idea.

    1. Karen Boyd Avatar
      Karen Boyd

      I froze a lot of them last year. It changed the consistency a little when they were thawed, but we discovered we loved eating them frozen!

  12. Patty Avatar

    I feel like I’m going crazy…I have made your elderberry syrup and gummies for months now, but tonight I realized it only says 2T gelatin…I swear I have been using 1/4 cup. Maybe I used a different recipe in the past? But mine didn’t turn out tonight, they didn’t come out of the molds, and were much flimsier than usual (using 2T). You didn’t by chance change it, did you?!

    1. Katie Wells Avatar

      I did adjust the recipe and will add more explanation to it. There are differences in gelatin types and some people were having trouble with it getting too thick too fast so I adjusted the recipe. You absolutely can make with 1/4 cup.

  13. Marcie Lear Avatar
    Marcie Lear

    I’m getting ready to travel abroad (Germany, Czeck Republic, Switzerland, France) with a group of high school students and want to take some elderberry syrup or gummies with me to keep healthy while traveling. Any advice which would be better for taking through customs or keeping from spoiling? I will be gone two weeks and will have access to a fridge some of the time. The weather temperatures should be ranging between 30 to 60 at the highest. Any advice or ideas?

  14. Denise Avatar

    3 stars
    They are too much like jello for me and not really gummy. Would adding more gelatin make them firmer?

  15. Melissa Avatar

    5 stars
    This worked perfectly for me and my gummies are a hit with my two year old who wasn’t drinking the syrup for me. I wish I could attach a picture, I used dinosaur molds and they are adorable!

    If it helps anyone, I boiled water in my electric kettle and let it cool for a minute before using it in this recipe, so the water was quite hot.

      1. Vin Avatar

        I was trying to leave a comment but could only leave a reply.

        How many mg’s of elderberry in each gummy?

      2. Kacie Avatar

        Mine never solidified. I followed the recipe exactly. Any idea why?

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