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.
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
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…
March 1, 2014 at 11:54 am
What a great idea! And they look so adorable as little chubby hearts!
March 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm
That’s a great description – chubby hearts! They do feel like that too, so easy to grab and devour 🙂
March 1, 2014 at 11:56 am
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!
March 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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!).
March 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm
These colors are beautiful!
March 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Thanks, Laura! I think I’m drawn to bright orange & yellow colors lately, maybe I’m ready for more warmth & spring to be here!
March 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm
So adorable and pretty! And you made these with freshly squeezed juice. Just awesome!
March 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Thanks! I had a whole bowl of clementines to use up, and they’re actually quite easy to juice, easier than oranges, and contain a lot more juice in each one than you’d think!
March 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm
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. 🙂
March 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm
Thank you, Rachel! Yours look amazing, and thank you so much for the inspiration and enticing description & photos. So nice of you to visit and comment here! 🙂 Cheers, -Laura
March 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm
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.
March 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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 🙂
March 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm
I get it here in the states, I ordered mine from Marx Food. I love elderflower syrup, and really look forward to trying these jellies.
March 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm
They look so cute! I’m going to have to give these a try. 🙂
March 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm
Hope you do, and let me know how it goes! Thanks 🙂
March 1, 2014 at 9:54 pm
These are beautiful! I also like wobbly jelly, they are more fun to eat. 🙂
March 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm
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!
March 2, 2014 at 5:41 am
Oh my goodness! These clementine & elderflower jellies are beautiful. And, more beautiful and equally edible is that gorgeous little hand in the photos.
March 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm
Hahaha! Yes, I nibble on those little hands quite a lot 🙂 Thanks, Fae 🙂
March 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm
Wow what a cool recipe. Great idea! These are so beautiful.
March 12, 2014 at 11:59 am
Thanks, Amanda! I liked the idea from “Rachel Cooks” – who knew little jellies could be so easy? And as healthful as you want to make them!
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