Sunflower Brittle

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling


about 1-1/2 pounds

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
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


  • 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


  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 15x10x1-in. pan; spread evenly to fill pan. Cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers.

Nutrition Facts

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

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