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Sunflower Brittle

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
    about 1-1/2 pounds


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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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  • whimrock
    Dec 9, 2013

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

  • sstetzel
    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
    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
    Feb 16, 2008

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