Homemade Elderberry Syrup Gummies
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These homemade elderberry syrup gummies are a yummy and easy way to support your body in the winter! They’re simple to make, and kids and adults will both enjoy them.
Having a toddler, I’m no stranger to having lots of little bugs come through our house! We like to be on the defense as much as we can and make sure we’re getting enough sleep and water, but elderberry is always nice as an extra little layer. This year, I decided to make gummies for ease and they’re so easy and yummy!
What are the benefits of elderberry gummies?
- They come in handy for colds. As seen in this study, elderberry can potentially help you kick a cold a bit faster! Per this study with a group of people traveling – “Travellers using elderberry from 10 days before travel until 4–5 days after arriving overseas on average experienced a 2-day shorter duration of the cold and also noticed a reduction in cold symptoms.” (SOURCE). As a busy mom, I can use all the help I can get with kicking colds faster!
- Gummies are an easy way to take elderberry. Gummies are a lot easier to just grab and have kiddos enjoy as opposed to drinking syrup.
- Dried Elderberries. You can buy these in stores or online. Remember, you always have to cook dried elderberries, don’t eat them raw!
- Cinnamon and ginger. This adds extra flavor and more nutrient boosts!
- Honey. The amount of honey is easily adjustable. You can use up to a cup, of cut it in half (or even less). It’s all about tasting as you go and adjusting to taste!
- Gelatin. This helps to make the actual gummies. Remember you can always sub agar, by using a third of what you would gelatin! This comes out to 2 tsp of agar.
How to make elderberry syrup gummies
- Make the elderberry syrup. Add the dried elderberry, cinnamon and ginger to a pot and cover it with the water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 45-60 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by about half. Remove the cinnamon and ginger and allow to cool before mashing the berries. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a glass or jar.
- Make the gummies. Add 1 cup of the syrup to a pot. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of gelatin over the syrup and allow to harden. Transfer the pot to the stove and heat over low heat for 3-4 minutes or until fully liquid. Use a dropper to carefully transfer the liquid into a mold. Transfer to the fridge for 4 hours or until fully set. Carefully remove from the mold and store in glass in the fridge for 1-2 months.
Tips & tricks
- No honey for babies under one. This recipe has honey, so keep in mind it’s not for babies!
- Use a large glass container if you don’t have gummy molds. You can simply slice them into your preferred size this way!
- Open the window while making the elderberry syrup. Elderberry syrup is notorious for not smelling good when it’s cooking, even if it tastes good later. Crack a window!
Is elderberry good for autoimmunity?
Elderberry can actually have the opposite effect for those of us with autoimmune diseases. It can stimulate the immune system, potentially leading to a flare (source).
If you have an autoimmune disease, talk to your doctor before trying elderberry.
Either way, it’s something I love to use with my family who do not have autoimmune diseases!
How much elderberry is okay to take?
Again, always talk to your doctor! The general guideline is 1 tbsp for adults and 1 tsp for children (source). So depending on the size of the mold, you may be taking one or two gummies. The amount may increase if you actually do feel sick, but chat with your doctor for what dosage they recommend for you personally as it varies with age and weight.
How long do the elderberry gummies last?
Store them in the fridge in an airtight glass container for up to two months. If you have more than you can consume in that time, these make a great gift to give to someone if they’re feeling under the weather!
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For the elderberry syrup
- 1 cup dried elderberries
- 4 cups water
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 1 thumb ginger, peeled
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup honey (adjust to taste)
For the gummies
- 1 cup elderberry syrup
- 2 tbsp gelatin
- To make the elderberry syrup, add the dried elderberry, cinnamon and ginger to a pot and cover it with the water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 45-60 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by about half.
- Remove the cinnamon and ginger and allow to cool before mashing the berries with a potato masher or spoon to pull out any extra juices.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a glass or jar. Once totally cool add the honey to taste and stir well. Save the syrup in the fridge for 2 months.
- To make the gummies, add 1 cup of the syrup to a pot. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of gelatin over the syrup and allow to harden.
- Transfer the pot to the stove and heat over low heat for 3-4 minutes or until fully liquid.
- Use a dropper to carefully transfer the liquid into a mold. Alternatively, you can use a large glass container. Transfer to the fridge for 4 hours or until fully set.
- Carefully remove from the mold and store in glass in the fridge for 1-2 months.
To make this recipe vegan, you would swap out gelatin for agar. Agar is a lot stronger than gelatin, so you need to divide the amount of gelatin by three, and then you’ll have the amount of agar needed! This comes out to 2 tsp of agar.
All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.
Autoimmune notice. Elderberry can stimulate the immune system and is not recommended for autoimmunity. Talk to your doctor.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Method: Stove Top
- Serving Size: 2 cups of syrup
- Calories: 741
- Fat: 1.5g
- Carbohydrates: 197.6g
- Fiber: 23.4g
- Protein: 2.7g