After testing, here are the The Best Sunflower Seeds our players and parents found.
By Brian January 13, 2020 6:46 pm
Spitz Cracked Pepper were, far and away, the best sunflower seeds.Amazon
Our users liked the black pepper taste on their seeds as the flavor hit both the 1st and 2nd in our list.Amazon
Update January 13, 2020: We’ve added Chinook Seedery to our list at number 9 but kept the Spitz Black Pepper as the #1 spot for the best sunflower seeds. Many smaller vendors are trying to break into the seed space, but the big boys (Bigs, Spitz, David) still rule the dance. Since Black Pepper Spitz always gets plenty of great reviews and is widely available, we keep them at our top spot.
|Cracked Pepper||Sea Salt & Black Pepper||Jumbo Original||Sizzlin Bacon||Spicy||Jumbo Ranch||Kettle Roast||BBQ||Parmesan & Pepper|
|Flavor, Pepper||Salt & Pepper Perfection||Classic, Salty||Bacon, Bacon, Bacon||Spicy, Chili||Ranch, You Can Find Them Everywhere||Sweet, Highly Rated||BBQ, Smokey||Unique, Great Blend, GMO|
After thousands of votes and several personal taste tests, we think the Spitz Cracked Pepper the best sunflower seed. We captured over 100,000 head to head votes in a pick ’em type functionality. We found that Spitz Cracked Pepper to win more than any other on the list. That said, Bigs Pepper and Sea Salt was a legitimate second with the classic and original tasting David Originals in 3rd place.
In truth, there are plenty of fantastic sunflower seeds out there. But, we think our list is as legit and defend-able as any.
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Without surprise, we think, Spitz Cracked pepper ruled the day. We discovered these seeds 10 years ago and our life has never been the same since. These are our personal go too seeds whenever the options is available. A few people even combine this one and a BBQ flavor to get a nice steak taste.
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Both #1 and #2 in the list contain a black pepper taste. It is, clearly, a winning combination of flavors and well worth your try. We prefer the Spitz Cracked Pepper to these Bigs Sea Salt and Black Pepper. But, to each, his own. These are old school style seeds still making the top 3 of best sunflower seeds.
They are good, but just not as good as Cracked Pepper
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The original, original sunflower seeds (and what most of us grew up on) are the David seeds. We never called these seeds original because, at the time, these were the only type. The idea of putting flavors in seeds is a somewhat new phenomenon. It is good to see the old school make the top three best sunflower seeds.
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We've never tried the Bigs Sizzling Bacon, but our readers love them enough to give it a worthy top #4 finish in the best-tasting sunflower seeds department. These are on our shortlist to try find and this year.
Are you looking for a little burn? Spitz Spicy Seeds ranked out as our highest across the board. Some don't like the spice on their seeds; that's why it fell to 5th place. But, in the end, 5th place is a legit landing spot for the Best Spicy Seeds.
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The first real derivation from the original flavor was Ranch. When they first arrived on the scene, folks went crazy over a flavored sunflower seed. Ranch flavor is a good fit. Although not our cup of tea, we can appreciate that others like them. David's Ranch are as good as ranch-flavored seeds get.
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The only other seed flavor on this list of best seeds we have never had the chance to taste. Giants make a Kettle Roasted flavor. These, based on user comments, appear to be sweet and taste like, well, kettle roasted popcorn. Intriguing enough for us to seek this out this year and try a few.
You want a salty, sweet or black pepper type taste on your seeds
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Smoky BBQ from Spitz is a solid alternative when Cracked Pepper just isn't giving you the same buzz it used to. We love combining our bag of Spitz BBQ into our Cracked Pepper back to create a nice steak flavor. It's a good off-speed approach when straight fastballs of cracked pepper get out of whack.
Not officially in our taste testing voting (since these are not widely available), we came across the Parmesan & Pepper Chinook seeds a few years back and fell in love. These are found online and in some major chains like Whole Foods. Well worth a trip out of your way to finding a bag, or two, of these. (We review the entire line of these seeds here individually)
In the weirdest video we have ever made, we did a taste test and box opening video of Chinook Seeds.