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Sunflower Popcorn Bars

Kansas is called the Sunflower State because of the wild sunflowers that grow abundantly. Cultivated varieties of sunflowers are an important crop for many Kansas farmers, too. —Karen Ann Bland, Gove City, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place popcorn in a large bowl. Add syrup and stir to coat. Press into 2 greased 13x9-in. pans. Cut into 48 bars. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 96 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • JGa2595176
    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
    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
    Oct 24, 2010

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