Sunflower Popcorn Bars Recipe
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Sunflower Popcorn Bars Recipe

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Kansas is called the Sunflower State because of the wild sunflowers that grow abundantly. Cultivated varieties of sunflowers are now becoming an important crop for many Kansas farmers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup salted sunflower kernels
  • 4 quarts popped popcorn

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 96 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring the sugar, corn syrup and honey to a boil, stirring often. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the peanut butter, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add sunflower kernels.
  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Add syrup and stir to coat. Press into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. pans. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Sunflower Popcorn Bars in Country Extra September 2002, p51

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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 130475
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"Just did a test run of this recipe and the syrup is just the right amount. Plan to make with my youth cooking class this month. Love that it incorporates sunflower seeds, just different enough, but most kiddos (and adults) will enjoy!"

Dailydozen User ID: 4907549 36726
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"This was easy and good. I was looking for a way to use up sunflower seeds, now I will buy them just for this recipe. If you like honey and peanut butter this is a good one. I even wrote it in my special recipe box."

kbecker User ID: 2339655 44931
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"Every time I make this recipe, people want the recipe---it is quick- easy and delicious"

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