What kid doesn’t love gummy candies? Unfortunately, many store-bought brands contain lots of sugar and food dyes that our kids really don’t need in their little bodies. So we’ve come up with a recipe that has the opposite effect of store-bought gummies—with immune-boosting properties from elderberry syrup, honey, and lemon essential oil.
Elderberry Gummy Candies
- 2/3 cup (160 ml) homemade elderberry syrup, divided (see recipe below)
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) mixed-berry, grape, or orange juice
- 2.5–3 Tbsp. (27 g) powdered grass-fed beef gelatin
- 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) honey (depending on sweetness preference)
- 2–3 drops lemon essential oil (you can also try 1–3 toothpicks each of cassia, clove, and ginger if using orange juice)
- Pour 1/3 cup (80 ml) elderberry syrup and 1/3 cup (80 ml) fruit juice into a saucepan. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the liquid, and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Turn the heat to medium, and stir until the mixture gets bubbly and the gelatin dissolves. Whisk in the honey, and stir until completely dissolved.
- Stir in the rest of the elderberry syrup (1/3 cup or 80 ml) and the essential oil.
- Pour into a silicone mold or mini ice cube tray, and refrigerate until set (about an hour).
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- 1 cup (90 g) dried elderberries
- 4 cups (1 liter) water
- 1 vanilla bean, split (optional)
- 3/4–1 cup (180–240 ml) honey
- 1–4 toothpicks clove essential oil, to taste (optional)
- 1–4 toothpicks cassia essential oil, to taste (optional)
- 1–4 toothpicks ginger essential oil, to taste (optional)
- Place the elderberries, water, and vanilla bean in an electric pressure cooker (we used an Instant Pot®), and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally (about 18 minutes).
- Once your pressure cooker has cooled down enough to open, strain out the elderberries and allow to cool until warm before you stir in the honey and essential oils.
- Use in gummy candies (recipe above), as a pancake syrup, or drink 1 tsp. (5 ml) or so (1/4–1/2 for children) several times a day when you feel a cold or the flu coming on.