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. Danielle Avatar

    My gummies went moldy after only 3 days. I followed directions exactly and stored in a glass jar in fridge. What happened?

      1. Danielle Avatar

        It was mold lol. It looked like hair sprouting on the top of the jar. Id attatch a photo if there was an option

  2. Ashley Avatar

    I made these and followed the recipe exactly. I found that I was only able to get halfway though putting them into the molds before the mixture was too thick for the syringe (or even a spoon) to put into the molds. I made the syrup a few days ago and had it in the fridge so it was really when I mixed with the gelatin. Could that have been why?

  3. Rebecca Avatar

    which glass mold do you use for the gummy bears? Bonus if I can find it on Amazon! 🙂

  4. Miranda Avatar

    Have you used pectin instead of gelatin? Vegetarian here. Thanks for sharing so many inspiring things

  5. Ellen Avatar

    Would these travel well, or would they stick together in a travel container?

    1. Marie Avatar

      I tried to travel with them last week. they melted into a big pile. We then ate it with a spoon! 🙂

  6. Elizabeth Avatar

    Are you able to freeze these? I started using elderberry syrup, storebought, 6 years ago. Started making my own last year. I’d love to make these in bigger batches. Thanks!

  7. Morgan Avatar

    5 stars
    Hello! Is the doseage for children 1 gummy a day? Then multiple gummies during cold or flu? I have a 1 year old and a 4 year old. They are both sick right now, ugh. Thank you

  8. Jennifer Avatar

    Hi. The link to the gelatin powder that you use is not working for me. Could you check it on your end? Thank you!

  9. Misty Avatar

    Hi, can you freeze the gummies? It seems like it makes a lot for one week. Also, how many do kids take per day? Thanks!

  10. Michelle H Avatar
    Michelle H

    5 stars
    I’ve been making the syrup and since we are getting ready to go on a cruise, I wasn’t sure how I would bring my daily dose with me. Now I do!

  11. Angela Avatar

    I have elderberry extract. Can I sub this for the elderberry syrup? Or what can I add to it to make the syrup? Since I’m not starting from scratch with it (with berries in water…)

  12. Linda Avatar

    5 stars
    How do I avoid it gel’ing as I whisk it together? I thought I incorporated fast enough but it gel’ed a bit before mixing in the rest of the syrup. Thanks!

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