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Clementine & Elderflower Jellies

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Elderflowers, or holunderblüten, are used here in Germany to make juices, jams, and cordials, and are believed to relieve symptoms of flu, colds, and allergies and maintain healthy, clear sinuses. I found a bottle of amber syrup made of these blossoms and decided to try it in little heart-shaped jellies with clementine juice. They came out beautiful and were devoured within a few minutes! I realized this is a great way to make nutritious snacks, controlling the sugar content and loading them with vitamins and immunity-boosting nutrients. Can you find elderflower syrup where you are? If so, give this a try!

I got the idea for these jellies from the wonderful blog, Rachel Cooks, and her homemade white grape fruit snacks, and after searching some, I discovered a multitude of versions. I decided to try out a relatively small amount of gelatin (other versions use double or triple the amount) to keep them jiggly, but if you’re going for more of a chewy, gummy-bear consistency, by all means, up the amount of gelatin. I used a silicone mold for the heart shapes, but it also works in a regular glass baking dish, cut into shapes with a sharp knife or little cookie cutters. My head is spinning thinking about more shapes and flavor combinations — the possibilities are endless! Now, go discover yours.

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Clementine & Elderflower Jellies

  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed clementine juice (about 4 clementines)
  • 1/3 cup elderflower syrup (with 50% elderflowers)
  • 1 oz./28 g. powdered gelatin

Directions:

Mix the juice and syrup together in a medium saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the mixture and let sit until the grains of the powder swell, about 3 minutes. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it all the gelatin is dissolved and it starts to steam but not boil, about 7 minutes. Pour into silicone molds or into a baking sheet or other container, let cool, and then cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours, or until set. Carefully remove from the molds or cut into squares or other shapes using a sharp knife or small cookie cutters. They can be kept for a week in a sealed container in the fridge, if little hands don’t get to them first…

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Author: Laura Haugen

Writer, Traveler, Foodie

22 thoughts on “Clementine & Elderflower Jellies

  1. What a great idea! And they look so adorable as little chubby hearts!

  2. I like the smell of elderflower, but I didn’t know that it might be good for colds. Great idea to make jellies for kids at home!

    • I couldn’t find any studies that prove these claims, but people do seem to believe in the medicinal aspects of elderflower. Yeah, I thought this was a great idea for kids’ snacks (and I loved them too!).

  3. These colors are beautiful!

  4. So adorable and pretty! And you made these with freshly squeezed juice. Just awesome!

  5. These look wonderful! I actually love that you adjusted the amount of gelatin — I had plans to do that next time as well Thanks for linking to me. 🙂

  6. I love fruit jellies and happen to have a bottle of elderflower syrup in the pantry! These are wonderful. I doubt I can stop eating them.

    • Oh, good – so can you get elderflower syrup in the States, or did you get it abroad? I wasn’t familiar with it until I came to Europe. I’m looking forward to making another batch of these and sneaking a few more for myself – they were good with a nice sour-sweet flavor. Let me know, if you try, how you like them 🙂

  7. They look so cute! I’m going to have to give these a try. 🙂

  8. These are beautiful! I also like wobbly jelly, they are more fun to eat. 🙂

    • Yeah, I’m wondering if they could go with even less gelatin, actually, because they didn’t turn out too wobbly. They might be more fun with a little *more* wobble to them than I did! But my husband loves gummy bears and a more chewy consistency, so I’ll try it that way too sometime!

  9. Oh my goodness! These clementine & elderflower jellies are beautiful. And, more beautiful and equally edible is that gorgeous little hand in the photos.

  10. Wow what a cool recipe. Great idea! These are so beautiful.

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