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How To Make Immune Boosting Homemade Gummy Bears (Elderberry + Echinacea)

How to make homemade immune-boosting gummy bears made with gelatin (or agar agar for vegan version). Optional echinacea, elderberry, and vitamin C supplementation for extra immune power.

Ingredients

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Basic Recipe Template:

  • 1 cup juice (any juice of your choice – apple, orange, carrot, the options are endless)
  • 23 tablespoons sweetener (I like using maple syrup or agave)
  • 3 tablespoons gelatin powder OR 1 tablespoon agar agar for vegan version

For immune boosting gummies with elderberry + echinacea: 

** If you want to make your gummies sour (think sour patch kids) – you can use lemon juice powder to coat the outside of the gummies. We love doing this!

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, add all ingredients except the gelatin or agar agar and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat (usually takes 3 to 5 minutes). Turn off the heat and add gelatin or agar agar while stirring continuously until completely dissolved. If you do not stir, the gelatin/agar agar will clump up together.
  2. Using a dropper (the molds usually bring one), drop the mixture into the molds. These are the molds I use from Amazon.
  3. Place in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes or until gummies are set.
  4. Optional – if you want to make the gummies sour – use lemon juice powder to coat the outside of the gummies once they are set. Enjoy!

Notes

  • I tested this recipe with 2 tablespoons of gelatin vs 3 tablespoons of gelatin. The gummies with 2 tablespoons were softer and more “jello” like, but still firm and chewy. They also took longer to set in the fridge. The gummies made with 3 tablespoons of gelatin were a lot harder and firmer and were ready much quicker.
  • In order to make these vegan make sure to use agar agar instead of gelatin. All you need is 1 tablespoon of agar agar.
  • If using echinacea or elderberry – always make sure to ask your healthcare provider FIRST before starting any supplement to make sure there isn’t any contraindication with YOUR personal care.
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