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. Cyril Avatar

    I’m very excited to try this. I’m a big fan of your website. How many can a child have in a day?

  2. Lynn Avatar

    5 stars
    If I make a sugar free elderberry syrup with stevia, will the gummies set up correctly?

  3. Genevieve Doll Avatar
    Genevieve Doll

    Do you have a mold that you could recommend that would be about the right dose for a 16 month old?

  4. Kristi Avatar

    Good morning. I was reading your recipe for elderberry gummies and I have a couple questions if you don’t mind: What coconut oil do you use and where can I buy the molds to make the gummies?

  5. Hannah Lansdowne Avatar
    Hannah Lansdowne

    3 stars
    Hi I made these with kids and the syrup and gelatin turned solid before I had a chance to add warm water, so just removed lumps and adds more gelatin to mixture once all in! Fingers crossed!

  6. Nicole Avatar

    Is there any way to make a large batch and keep them fresh. Not sure if it’s possible to freeze the gummies and only keep a weeks supply out at a time. I would like to make a batch for the winter months and just have them all cold and flu season. I know the syrup version seems to keep in the fridge for a few months I’ve been told but have never tried making the gummies just yet. Thoughts?

  7. Stephanie Rickenbaker Avatar
    Stephanie Rickenbaker

    Wouldn’t the hot water kill the honey’s live enzymes and benefits? Could you let the gelatin/hot water mixture cool completely and then add the elderberry syrup? LOVE the benefits of the local raw honey and don’t want to lose any of them! Thanks

  8. sarah peters Avatar
    sarah peters

    can you share a link for the vital proteins collagen protein? i can only find the collagen peptides and i saw in comments that that doesn’t gel.
    also, do you know the substitution for elderberry powder if you don’t have dried elderberries? and then i am assuming you would just strain with a cheesecloth?
    i have all my ingredients/tools. just need these last two things answered before i begin!!
    thanks…your entire website is WONDERFUL!

  9. Nimarta Avatar

    Hello Katie,

    I am going to make these tomorrow as my ingredients will be delivered :). Do you think I can also add Vitamin C powder to this recipe as well. You have a separate recipe to make vitmain C gummies with Vitamin C Powder and I was just wondering if it is OK to combine them.

  10. Tracy Avatar

    Made these and they turned out great, but I have only one little and we don’t go through them very quickly, and they started to develop mold in the fridge after several weeks. Just the tiniest specks of white were visible on the surface and it seemed like such a waste to toss them…. So I melted them back down and boiled the mixture for several mintutes and re-gelled them. Do you think they are ok?

  11. Heather Avatar

    HI! Do you think these would freeze well, to keep for longer periods of time? Just curious about the ability to make larger batches and keep them for a while.


  12. Jess Avatar

    I’m making these now, my question is about dosage (sorry I didn’t read every comment if you did address this already). Just 1/day/kid (mine are 2 & 5)? I’m also adding wild harvested ginseng & probiotics to mine!

  13. Chrissy Avatar

    Hi. Do you find that these taste like clove? I can’t do clove. I don’t like the smell and the taste makes me gag. Would it be better to just leave it out? Thanks.

  14. Tiffany Avatar

    Thanks for sharing, my kids love these! Just wondering….

    How many should they eat a day? My kids want to eat them all in one sitting lol.

  15. Rebecca H. Avatar
    Rebecca H.

    Hi there

    I have a 21 month old. Can he have these gummies? How many a day/week?

  16. Kelaiah S Avatar
    Kelaiah S

    I just wanted to say how helpful you have been to me over the last 2 years since I found your blog. I feel truly blessed by you!
    Thank you!

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