Updated: Oct 30, 2019
*Editor’s note: I’ve started taking shots of this Elderberry syrup daily, given how packed it is in vitamins and antioxidants. I recently got over a cough super quickly and I’m convinced it’s the Elderberry magic. As we head into peak flu months, I tried getting Mishka on it too. But Elderberry in its raw form is an acquired taste and she wasn’t enjoying it. I saw that my friend Laura was making Elderberry gummies for her kids so I reached out for the recipe because Mishka will consume anything in gummy form (as will I). Please check with your healthcare provider if Elderberry is suitable for you and your kids should you wish to try.
Meet my mom friend: Laura Kmec
My name is Laura, I live in Naperville, Illinois, with my husband, Michael and two sons, Caleb (six) and Jacob (four). My professional background is in Account Management, but for the past five years, I have stayed home to take care of the boys full time. With multiple food allergies/intolerances and doctor mandated food eliminations in the family, I pretty much live in my kitchen. Luckily, I love to cook and enjoy researching recipes for the family.
Gummies are a hit!
I am on chronic medication that suppresses my immune system, so I’m always looking for ways to avoid getting sick. My registered dietitian friend does elderberry "shots" with her family, so I tried the same with mine last year. My kids were not receptive to say the least. So I looked up elderberry gummy recipes, and found one that my kids look forward to eating every morning, which was a huge win for me. It is super easy once you have everything you need.
Recipe (via @realfoodrn)
- 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
- 4 Tbsp unflavored gelatin (use Agar if vegetarian)
- 1/4 cup Elderberry syrup
- 2 Tbsp raw honey (it’s recommended that kids under the age of one not consume honey)
- Heat 1/2 cup of cherry juice until bubbling
- Combine gelatin and heated cherry juice, whisk quickly and right away to dissolve the gelatin (if you don't do it quickly enough, the gelatin congeals into clumps).
- Combine the rest of the ingredients into the bowl (honey and elderberry syrup).
- Pour into molds and have them refrigerate for 20 minutes (or however long you want).
- You need about 15-20 minutes to make these. Kids can easily help. My younger son loves pouring and stirring.
- Use glass since you are using hot juice
- Start with smaller molds if you have a picky kid. My son older son likes the small gummy bear molds because they are easier to chew. I give him 4 in the morning. My younger son likes the more fun-shaped molds, and he isn't as picky, so we can be more adventurous in size for him.
- I use one pyrex with the spout so that it's just one dish to wash. I just pour directly into the molds.