Homemade Elderberry Gummies: Vitamin C Treats

Have you ever noticed the ingredients on gummy fruit snacks? They are mostly high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavors, and gelatin. Gummy fruit snacks don’t have to be just empty calories packed with harmful chemicals, these homemade elderberry gummies are healthy in that there is no junk in them but they are actually a healthy powerhouse!
Let’s talk about gelatin for one second. Before I knew about Real Food the word gelatin only conjured the image of the jiggly Jell-O, then I discovered that the gelatin in those snacks are of very poor quality, a mystery of ground up animal parts, animals that most like have been treated with with hormones, antibiotic, and fed a GMO grain diet.

So what is gelatin?

According to Great Lakes (the brand I use and trust) gelatin is:

“…The purified protein derived by the selective hydrolysis of collagen from the skin, connective tissue and or bones of animals.”

So it is very important to select a gelatin of high quality, one that comes from animals that were pastured raised, and not treated with hormones and antibiotics. The collagen in gelatin along with the many amino acids help regulate our metabolisms, have anti-inflammatory properties, strengthens hair and nails, regulates hormones, and so much more. I take two teaspoons daily, one in the morning in my coffee and one at night in my tulsi tea. (You can read here more in detail about the wonders of gelatin.)

What are elderberries?

These tiny little berries are found in temperate to subtropical parts of the world, and highly regarded in the natural medicine world for their high content of vitamin C along with being high in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory. Elderberyy juice was even used in Panama in 1995 to help fight the flu pandemic they suffered. You can take 1-2 teaspoons during cold season, or in our case to mix it with our Fermented Cod Liver Oil (find it here).
So when super gelatin and super elderberry team up–along with their sidekick raw honey–what do we get? A super snack capable of fighting colds and flu and making your cellulite disappear! I’m…not..kidding!

Homemade Elderberry Gummies: Vitamin C Treats


Update: I recently used only 2 tbs of gelatin with same great results. 

Add ingredients into a small sauce pan, whit a whisk combine them until no lumps are visible and mixture seems even. Turn stove to the lowest setting and keep whisking until mixture is completely melted and warm to the touch. Do not let mixture get too hot to conserve all the properties in the honey.
Transfer to a pan or candy mold such as this or this one. Pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Gummies will remain solid even at room temperature. Enjoy


Simple Elderberry Syrup

  • 1/2 cup of dry elderberries (find them here)
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey (find it here)
In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until it is reduced to about half. Set aside and let it cool off and add the honey while it still warm enough to dissolve the honey but not too hot that it will damage its properties. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, it will keep for a few week.
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Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
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  1. I made some gelatin treats with the Great Lakes gelatin and the smell of it disgusted me. Is this typical? Does the smell bother you?

    • @Divine Canine–Did you use the unflavored kind? I’ve only noticed a faint smell when opening the bottle, but it doesn’t bother me.I use a tsp in my morning coffee, a tsp in my night tea, and I’ve made these a couple times and haven’t detected any smell or taste once mixed with something else.

    • I don’t like the smell of the porcine gelatin, but the bovine gelatin is not offensive to me at all. I didn’t realize that I had ordered a different kind – and quickly corrected it.

  2. For the gummies, you say to use Elderberry juice but the recipe below it is for Elderberry syrup. So does it work to use the syrup in that amount? (I already have some syrup made so just wondering….)

  3. For the gummies, you say to use Elderberry juice but the recipe below it is for Elderberry syrup. So does it work to use the syrup in that amount? (I already have some syrup made so just wondering….)

    • Scody–yes, it should work. The difference between the juice and the syrup is that the juice hasn’t been sweetened yet, so if you already have syrup just skip the honey, but they should work just fine 🙂

  4. Will it work to make the gummies with Elderberry syrup (as opposed to juice) in the suggested amount? Thanks!!

  5. What are some other uses for the elderberry syrup

    • Priscilla, you can drink it just like that in the winter months to prevent colds, mix it with fermented cod liver oil when giving it to the littles (I take it this way) reduce it even more to the consistency of actual syrup and pour it over pancakes, or any other bake goods…it actually taste very good good!

  6. This is so timely! A coworker is gifting me a bag of fresh elderberries this week, and I’ve never used them in the kitchen before. I’m totally going to try those gummies.

  7. If you’re not into gelatin..agar is a great substitute

  8. I’ve tried to pin this post twice – but each time it has been linked to a pancake recipe. :o(

  9. I’ve tried to pin this recipe twice – but each time the link brought up a pancake recipe. Can you fix this, please? Thanks

  10. Any ideas on how to keep them from sticking to each other in a snack bag?

  11. I made them 2 weeks ago and they turned out very nice, and I kept them in a plastic sandwich box…by day 5 they had mold on them… the recipe makes more than a week’s worth..for the 2 of us… next time I will just make the syrup and keep in the fridge…

  12. Before adding the honey to the syrup recipe, do you use a strainer to remove the elderberries, cloves, and cinnamon stick? Thanks!

    • I strain it after a make the “juice” then combine the juice with the gummie ingredients. Same for the syrup, I strain it before adding the honey.

      Thanks for pointing that out, I never realized I omitted one step!

  13. Vitamin C is a heat sensitive vitamin so why does heating it on the stove not kill the vitamin c?

    • Naturally Mindful says:

      True, vitamin is sensitive to heat. After some reading I’ve come to the conclusion not letting the elderberries get above 120F should help keep some of the properties. Vitamin C in powder can also be added.

  14. Hi! These sound awesome but vitamin C is a heat-sensitive vitamin so wouldn’t heating the elderberries defeat the purpose of them?

  15. Boiling is a great way to kill vitamin c.

  16. Any Vegan option ? Agar Agar?

  17. I have access to fresh elderberries and juiced about 22 lbs of them this fall. when making the syrup, could you use just the juice instead?

  18. Hi! How many can we take a day? Just one?

  19. Hi! How many can we take a day?

  20. Hi Stephanie … great recipe 🙂 I’m sharing on FB and G+ this week.

  21. So i made these, but they didn’t become jello for some reason. they were still liquid in the fridge and frozen in the freezer, my toddler LOVED eating them with a spoon but i def couldn’t take them out of the mold. what did i do wrong?

    • Naturally Mindful says:

      Is it possible you used collagen hydrolysate instead of the gelatin? The first one won’t gel up at all. If you did use gelatin, the only thing that comes to mind is maybe you didn’t use enough gelatin?

  22. How many should I take daily? And how many would I give my kiddos?

    • Naturally Mindful says:

      Hi Rainey, I usually just eat a handful, and I my toddler usually has about 3 or 4. I should mention we don’t eat these every day, I make them once in a while as a treat.

  23. I hve been having. Hat time finding elderberries but my farmers market has elderberry jam…will this have the same health benefits as the syrup?

  24. Love the little stars you made — is it a mold or a cutter? Where did you get it?

  25. I made these the other night. My kids and liked them! The amount in this recipe isn’t enough to fill up an entire tray, just barley 3 shapes. So I added more juice and elderberry syrup. But I added to much liquid. But they still firmed up, not quite firm like your picture shows. I will try again to figure out how to make enough to fill one tray full. And we didn’t have powder sugar, and the kids wher so looking forward to do that to their treats. So we used sugar crystals and the sugar just melted the gummies. But still good.

  26. Have you tried adding cod liver oil to the gummies? I make syrup all the time and also have a bottle of the oil in my fridge. Would love to sneak some into my super picky kids.

    • You know, I haven’t. I don’t know if I am be brave enough because I think there is no disguising the awful fishy taste, but I think you certainly could! Let me know if you decide to try, Cheri!

  27. Would it be alright to substitute the syrup for elderberry juice or concentrate?


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