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.


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

  1. Kate Avatar

    I love love love these gummies!!! My oldest son (10) doesn’t like drinking any elderberry syrup but he loves it in gummies. We make fun lego shaped gummies and I just got a gingerbread man mold that I know we are going to get lots of use out of. Thank You so much for this recipe!! 🙂

  2. vicki Avatar

    can these gummies be frozen? I would like to make them in a larger batch.

  3. Anna Arguello Avatar
    Anna Arguello

    Thanks for this inspiring recipe! I changed it up a bit to get my daughter to drink elderflower and calendula tea for her fever. Instead of water, I just replaced it with the infusion. Thought that would be nice to share on this wonderful blog.

  4. Farhaana Avatar

    5 stars
    I got collagen peptides and I thought I read somewhere that they are interchangeable. I ordered the Vital Proteins brand (they were out of the regular gelatin which is why I got the collagen). It did not gel up when I put it in the fridge. It has been in there for 1 day and still nothing. Should I try adding more? Did I need to mix it in a different way, or does it not gel? If it doesn’t gel, can I just administer the elderberry syrup which is now mixed with collagen.
    Thank you

  5. Thea Avatar

    When making my elderberry syrup I add dried rosehips to steep along with the elderberries. They are a great source of vitamin C. I put 1/4cup to the recipe.

  6. lexee Avatar

    we love this recipe! thanks so much for posting it. I use your recipe for elserberry syrup, too, but find that 1/4 cup of honey is plenty sweet for us! I know local raw honey has benefits, but any more honey is just way too sweet for our taste. maybe I am making more of a liquid instead of a syrup? either way, the gummies always turn out just fine!

    I also freeze ours because I only have one little one who eats one a day and we can’t get through a batch fast enough before they start to mold in the fridge.

  7. becky Avatar

    Have agar agar instead of gelitin. Hope to try it tonight with my silicone herb freezing trays. We have honey elder syrup and would love to add pureed blueberries also. Any suggestions would be great

  8. holly Avatar

    Is the store-bought elderberry syrup ok to use in place of the homemade syrup? Also, what age should my child be while taking this remedy?

  9. Gwyn D. Avatar

    I have made an elderberry tincture – can I use that in place of the syrup? I’m worried the alcohol may effect the gel process.

  10. Jess Avatar

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I used as my gateway to making natural remedies. I’m thrilled that the syrup is so easy to make. I just made the gummies and they turned out a bit gritty and bouncy. I’m wondering if I stirred the gelatin too long or not long enough. Has anyone else had the same experience? Or does anyone have any advice on making them a bit more like a gummy bear and less like a plastic bouncy ball that tastes good? Thanks 8)

    1. Jennifer Avatar

      I’m wondering that same thing! Also, the tops of mine are softer than the bottom half. Having a hard time getting the same consistentency throughout.

  11. Jeanette Avatar

    I’ve been jealous of people who are making all things with elderberry. Where I am in Florida, they don’t grow, and I’ve never seen them at the market. Where can I get elderberry syrup? Thanks, with hubby sick right now, wish Id seen this before. 🙂

    1. Kim Avatar

      Jeanette, whereabouts in Florida are you? I live near Clearwater and I get the dried elderberries at an organic foods store.

  12. Kari Avatar

    This recipie came out great! However, I have hashimotos I couldn’t figure out why I kept getting sick, achy and more and more fatigued (than usual). Now I’m broken out in cold sores.
    Just did some research and hashimotos and elderberries don’t mix!

    1. Liz Avatar

      That’s odd cause I have hoshimotos and I’ve been using elderberry syrup daily for a year now.

  13. Jessica Avatar

    5 stars
    I seen that the shelf life on these were only 1 week in the fridge. Can you tell me why that is? Thanks!

  14. Kim Avatar

    Hi, I was wondering how long the elderberry gummies last? Your elderberry syrup, you said, lasts several months. Do you think then the gummies would be good that long in refrigerator?

  15. Katherine Avatar

    Has any tried this with store bought elderberry syrup? I would hate to waste it if it doesn’t work :/

    1. Apolla Avatar

      5 stars
      Yes I used store bought and they worked fine for me. I also froze them and gave them to my son when he had a slight fever with his illness. They of course didn’t help the fever but they were nice and cool for him.

      1. Debbie Avatar

        Regarding elderberry, I have a question 🙂
        I had a friend give me fresh elderberry and I froze them on the stem. Once they were frozen, I took a fork and loosened the berries, but I also have quite a few stems. The stems are many and some are very small, so I cannot remove them all. I have heard that the stems are somewhat poisonous. Can I still make elderberry syrup even with the stem pieces in there. I do know not to put them through a foley mill but just let them sit on cheesecloth to drain. I hope I haven’t ruined my berries 🙁

        1. Vickie Avatar

          Take the frozen berries and put in a fine colander and shake around. The stems should fall out . Do a little at a time as the berries will defrost and cause moisture then the stems will stick .
          I dehydrate the berries on the stem and use this method with the dry berries .

          1. Ginger Avatar

            What a great idea for getting rid of the stems! I will remember that next summer!

  16. Sarah Avatar

    Thanks for reposting these, Katie. When I’ve made other gummies (from your Tangerine recipe), they’ve popped right out of the silicone molds for me. Are the elderberry ones stickier? I’m wondering why you would use the coconut oil to grease them…

  17. Jess Avatar

    Oops- I see recommendation for molds. That’s what I get for multi-tasking! Thanks for the great recipe.

  18. Jess Avatar

    Hi- I can’t wait to make these. What molds are people using? Also- is elderberry safe for nursing mothers? Thanks!

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