a small jar and spoonful of elderberries on a wooden table next to a plate of heart-shaped elderberry gummies

Immune-Boosting Homemade Elderberry Gummies

Who else will do almost anything to naturally boost your kids' immune systems during flu season?! After learning how to make elderberry syrup and tinctures for their immune-boosting benefits, I started making homemade elderberry gummies too, and now my kids snack on them throughout the fall and winter to stay healthy. Learn how to make this easy DIY supplement for kids and adults today!

Course Household & Health, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Setting Time 3 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Author Annie Bernauer



  1. Place the elderberries and water in a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and allow the fruit to simmer in the water for 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. Mash the elderberries to help release the juices into the water.
  4. After 45 minutes, strain the elderberries from the juice with a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.
  5. Bundle up the elderberries in the cheesecloth and squeeze out all the elderberry juice.
  6. Return the elderberry juice to the saucepan on the stove over low heat. Do not boil the elderberry juice.
  7. Whisk in the honey.

  8. Slowly pour in the gelatin while briskly whisking the juice so the gelatin doesn't clump.
  9. Whisk until the gelatin dissolves.
  10. Remove the saucepan from heat and pour the liquid into silicone molds or a glass baking dish. If using a silicone mold, place the mold on a cookie sheet before filling it with the elderberry mixture. Speaking from experience, if you pick up a flimsy silicone mold without the tray underneath, it will spill and make a big mess!
  11. Refrigerate for several hours or until set.
  12. Elderberry gummies should last up to 1 week in the refrigerator, although at our house they never last that long!

Recipe Notes

*Elderberries are bitter in their natural state so this recipe has raw honey added as a natural sweetener. *This recipe is just the right amount to fill one of my silicone molds. The recipe can be doubled to make a larger batch.