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. Sandy Avatar

    How many packets of gelatin do I use? I’m really confused as each packet is about 1 1/2 teaspoons dry. The recipe calls for a 1/4 cup. I’ve made the gummies at least 3 and they’re not turning out right.

  2. Sandy Avatar

    Hi there, how many packets of gelatin do I use? I’m really confused. I have made these gummies at least 3 times now and they’re not turning out right.

    Thank you,

  3. Elizabeth Avatar

    I made my first batch and after a couple of days in the refrigerator, they shrunk up to half. Any ideas on what could have gone wrong?

  4. Elizabeth Avatar

    I made my first batch and after a couple of days in the refrigerator, they shrunk up to half. What did I do wrong? Thanks

  5. amy Avatar

    3 stars
    These came out like Jell-o. My kids like the syrup but did not like these. I actually don’t care for them all that much myself.

  6. Marit Avatar

    Instead of beef gelatine can I also use agar agar or pectin? If yes, same amount as gelatine? Thanks!

  7. Julie Avatar

    Was wondering if there’s a way to add colloidal silver to this recipe? Maybe instead of water use the silver? Would love to make gummies with both!

  8. Alberta Avatar

    5 stars
    Is there any reason I cannot use pure elderberry syrup for this, and not dilute with water, just warm the same amount of syrup that was used, instead of water??

  9. Stephanie Avatar

    I made these today and they turned out great except being oily from the coconut oil. Did I you think that I just used too much coconut oil? Have you had that problem before? Thanks!

  10. Farhaana Avatar

    I am having a hard time finding elderberries online anywhere. I usually stock up enough to last awhile but have run out. I am not willing to pay $40/lb on amazon. Does anyone know of an affordable place to get them online?

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      Because of the panic that the flu has caused over the past several months, there’s been a major shortage this year. All the normal places I purchase from have been out of stock for a while, so I would recommend buying them wherever you can find them at this point.

  11. Jennifer Avatar

    Too cute! How do you get your gummies to pop out of the mold perfect?? What type of oil works best?

  12. Aliza Avatar

    What if I forgot to refrigerate the gummies after making them? Are they still okay, or do I have to toss them?

  13. Meredith Avatar

    5 stars
    Could I freeze the gummies so they might last longer and just defrost as needed?

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