Sunflower Brittle Recipe
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Sunflower Brittle Recipe

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My mother made this candy for years using several kinds of nuts. Then I was married and my husband raised sunflowers, so it seemed natural to use those. People always comment on the unique delicious taste.—Trish Gehlhar, Ypsilanti, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups raw or roasted sunflower kernels
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

2 ounce-weight: 308 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Butter the sides of a large heavy saucepan. Add sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage). Stir in sunflower kernels and butter. Cook on medium to 300° (hard-crack stage). Remove from the heat; vigorously stir in vanilla and baking soda.
  2. Pour into a buttered 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan; spread evenly to fill pan. Cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Yield: about 1-1/2 pounds.
Originally published as Sunflower Brittle in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p44

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whimrock User ID: 7488260 15609
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"This was so easy, even for a rookie like me, and the taste is great. Thanks for sharing."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 12321
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Carol it's best to buy sunflower seeds already hulled, makes life much easier.  You can find them in the nut isle of your local grocery store."

Sweet_Carol User ID: 4946561 40637
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"Question: How do you hull your sunflowers? Do you soak hem and then roast the seeds? Could probably do pumpkin seeds the same way. I like when brittle is thin and not teeth breaking but brunches easily."

tiggy57 User ID: 279294 15044
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2008

"I do not care for peanut brittle but the sunflower brittle is fantastic! This recipe is very good!!"

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