How to Make Flu-Busting Elderberry Gummies

Katie Wells Avatar

Reading Time: 2 minutes

This post contains affiliate links.

Read my affiliate policy.

Cold and flu busting gummy bears- simple homemade recipe that kids love
Wellness Mama » Blog » Natural Remedies » How to Make Flu-Busting Elderberry Gummies

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!).

Like this recipe? Check out my new cookbook, or get all my recipes (over 500!) in a personalized weekly meal planner here!

Ever tried to make homemade healthy gummy bears? How did they turn out? Share below!

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!

Katie Wells Avatar

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 shaddix Avatar
    Judy shaddix

    I just made some of the elderberry gummies but they have no taste. The elderberry syrup was great tasting but not when made into the gummies. Is this just something that happens? do I need to add something like apple juice for flavor?

  2. Lisa Todd Avatar
    Lisa Todd

    5 stars
    A benefit of using the coconut oil is that it helps the gummies last longer. Because they have collagen in them, they love to grow bacteria and don’t last very long in my experience. However I found I do not need the coconut oil to get them out of the molds but they do last longer.
    Thanks for all you do.

  3. Anna Sale Avatar

    5 stars
    These were delicious and definitely a hit! I used store-bought elderberry syrup because I didn’t have access to the ingredients needed to make own. The store bought brand has specific instructions on how much to take, so I wonder… how many gummies do most people give their children daily?

  4. Melissa Avatar

    Hi! Any chance you could freeze the gummies to preserve them longer? Does anyone know if they can survive longer than 2-3 weeks?

  5. Rachel Avatar

    So the gummy bear mold I bought has a pipette to squirt into the mold. My mixture starting thickening before I finished my second mold!

    How do you pour into the mold initially without it just spilling everywhere? Tips? Tricks?

  6. Andrea Avatar

    Hi, can I make these gummy bears without coconut oil? Can I substitute ghee or does it need an oil? I can’t have coconut. Thanks!

  7. Lois Avatar

    I made my first syrup and gummies tonight. The syrup tasted fine, but the gummies were not like gummies, they were more hard and rubbery and the flavor was pretty blah. I know I can probably use less gelatin, but how much less and would that take care of the flavor also? Thanks

    1. Judy Shaddix Avatar
      Judy Shaddix

      I had the same problems. They were kinda hard to chew and had no flavor at all. I made a new batch and added some tart cherry juice and they tasted a “little” better but not much and the texture was the same.

  8. Jayme O. Avatar

    Hi Katie! How many gummies are equal to 1 tsp of Elderberry syrup if kids chose to take gummies over syrup? Thank you!

  9. Mic Avatar

    My picky son likes Zarbees…but they are owned by JOHNSON & JOHNSON! (Garden of Life makes them too…but they are owned by NESTLE!) I will try this recipe and hope my son will like them.

  10. Lena Avatar

    hi! wondering how well these would fare in a bottle (like the supplements you buy)… will they all stick together and do ok?

  11. Eva Avatar

    I have been using your elderberry syrup for years for my family. And now I am ready to try my hand at the gummies. Do you still add the honey to the elderberry syrup recipe before you start in on the gummies recipe?

  12. Alissa Avatar

    How many of these would you give to a 5 year old? Also what would be the adult dose for these?

  13. Rachael Avatar

    Has anyone tried using pectin instead of gelatin? Thoughts? I could only find pectin at my grocery store. Any tips or tricks while working with either gelatin pectin. Best way to get them in the molds. How fast does it start setting?

  14. Abby Avatar

    I make your syrup and think my toddler would prefer taking it gummy style lol
    Is there any difference in effectiveness when taking gummies vs straight syrup? Thank you for your advice and knowledge. You help so many ?

  15. Sandi Avatar

    I am super excited to try this recipe. Question though when I looked up the elderberries you suggested it had a warning that it may cause cancer and birth defects?

  16. Candy Avatar

    Help I tried to make these and they didnt turn gummy lol. Still liquid after several hours. I used vital proteins gelatin…. could that be why? Oh and I also doubled the recipe.

  17. Cali Avatar

    Can my 18-month-old son eat these elderberry gummy bears? Trying to find good things to keep his immune system up during this season.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating