How To Make Elderberry Gummies
Making elderberry gummies is SO easy. Really truly, you’re going to make these and then kick yourself for not making them sooner – they’re THAT easy.
But before I give you the tutorial, let’s talk about WHY you should make elderberry gummies.
WHICH IS BETTER: ELDERBERRY GUMMIES OR ELDERBERRY SYRUP?
The answer is elderberry gummies, by a smidge
Both the gummies and syrup are based on immune-boosting elderberries, and all of the good stuff you find in the syrup is in the gummies, too.
But elderberry gummies also contain gelatin, which is so good for you.
Gelatin is cooked collagen… so that means when you make elderberry gummies, you’re not only getting the benefits of elderberries, but you’re getting the benefits of collagen too – SCORE!
HOW MANY ELDERBERRY GUMMIES SHOULD YOU TAKE?
It depends on a couple different factors, the first being the size of the gummies you make.
If you use a big LEGO mold, you’ll get big gummies. You probably only need half or one gummy each day.
If you use the cute little bear molds you’ll need more than one for sure.
There’s no “standard” dosage for elderberry syrup or elderberry gummies, but this is what we do in our house:
When we are NOT sick, but there seems to be “something going around:”
- Adults: 1/2 tablespoon daily (about 2-3 gummies)
- Kids: 1/2 teaspoon daily (about 1 gummy)
When we are NOT sick but have come in direct or prolonged contact with someone who is:
- Adults: 1 tablespoon daily (about 5 gummies)
- Kids: 1 teaspoon daily (about 2 gummies)
When we ARE sick:
- Adults: 1 tablespoon, three times daily (about 15 gummies total)
- Kids: 1 teaspoon, three times daily (about 6 gummies total)
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON ELDERBERRY GUMMIES
Before you can make elderberry gummies, you need elderberry syrup.
I HIGHLY recommend NOT running out to the store to buy Sambucal elderberry syrup. It’s overpriced, it contains ingredients you don’t need (including artificial sweeteners like fructose and sucrose) and it’s really super easy to make your own without sugar or corn syrup.
To warn you, the price of dried elderberries might give you sticker shock. But hear me out – You don't need a lot for a batch and it will last a long time - stored properly.
Make sure you’re buying dried elderberries when it’s NOT cold and flu season. ( if you can find local fresh - do that - and freeze )
But… what about the gelatin, right? Because we know how much honey costs and how much ginger costs and how much cinnamon costs (even though both the ginger and cinnamon are optional). The real kicker is going to be – how do we save on the gelatin?
The same way we do on everything else: we wait for a sale and buy in bulk!
HOW TO MAKE ELDERBERRY GUMMIES
Once you’ve made elderberry syrup, you can make elderberry gummies!
ELDERBERRY GUMMIES SUPPLIES
1 cup elderberry syrup
8 tsp unflavored gelatin (I use this grass-fed gelatin from Great Lakes)
ELDERBERRY GUMMIES METHOD
In a small saucepan, gently warm elderberry syrup over medium low. Add the gelatin and use a flat whisk to thoroughly dissolve the gelatin.
When the gelatin is dissolved, remove the syrup from the heat and carefully pour the liquid into the molds. (I had to do this in multiple steps, pouring from a very small measuring cup, because the bear molds are so small if you are using those - I use silicone muffin cups and fill 1/4 full or small ice cube molds )
The gummies will begin to gel within a few minutes, but they are easier to remove from the mold after they have been in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
When the gummies have completed solidified, remove from the molds and store in the freezer for 6-12 months. I pull out enough for the week as part of my weekly prep. Use the dosing guide above, or as desired!
DO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY TAKE ELDERBERRY SYRUP? HAVE YOU EVER MADE ELDERBERRY GUMMIES BEFORE? I’D LOVE TO HEAR HOW ELDERBERRIES HAVE HELPED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY STAY WELL – PLEASE LEAVE YOUR STORIES AND IDEAS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!