It feels like eons ago when I made my first batch of elderberry syrup.
I made it, LOVED it, and loved how it helped to keep my family healthy despite my mother-in-law catching and bringing “the crud” at her 50th high school reunion to our house even more.
You guys loved it too, but I kept getting the same question over and over again: How can we make these into gummies?
Friends, let me show you 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 CRAZY good for you.
Do you remember the health benefits of collagen? They help your hair grow long, your nails grow strong and your skin becomes super healthy.
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 like this one, you’ll get big gummies. You probably only need half or one gummy each day.
If you use the cute little bear molds like this one, and like the ones I made in these photos, 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, have NOT come in direct contact or had prolonged contact with someone who is, 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)
And if you’ve wondered if elderberry gummies work, just read how effective the syrup was!!
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 ($9-10 for 4 oz!), 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 – I bought this one pound bag two years ago, have made no less than four batches of elderberry syrup and I STILL have enough left for another cold and flu season.
I don’t want to bore you with the numbers, but…
- One batch of elderberry syrup uses 2/3 cup of dried berries.
- One batch makes about 12 ounces of syrup.
- You get roughly 4 cups of dried elderberries in one pound…
- So you can make 6 batches of syrup with a one pound bag.
That means if I pay $29 for a one pound bag of dried elderberries (the cost as of this posting), I’m paying just $1.83 for four ounces of elderberry syrup. That means you’re SAVING $8-9 over buying Sambucol at the store!!
Make sure you’re buying dried elderberries when it’s NOT cold and flu season. In the fall, I’ve seen dried elderberries go for as much as $50 per pound! In the winter and spring though, I’ve seen them for around $20 per pound (the price right now).
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 Perfect Supplements)
Flat Whisk (I use this one)
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.)
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. Use the dosing guide above, or as desired!