Looking for a New Year's resolution? Here's one: Try every sunflower seed on this list of best sunflower seeds.
What better group of people than serious baseball and softball players to determine what is the best sunflower seed? We ran a user generated poll on this site about bats, gathered over 100,000 votes, to determine the best sunflower seeds. Those add up to determine a list of the best sunflower seed that you can find below. You can always check Amazon's best selling seeds for some great options too.
We pit every sunflower seed we could find against each other in a head to head matchup. After over 100,000 individual votes, we came up with the rankings below. Without surprise, at least we think, Spitz Cracked Pepper Took the top spot.
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Total Votes Cast: 103,290
#1 - Spitz Cracked Pepper
Wins: 1287 Losses: 1282 Total: 2569
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.
#2 - Bigs Sea Salt and Black Pepper
Wins: 1293 Losses: 1269 Total: 2562
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.
#3 - David Jumbo Original
Wins: 1272 Losses: 1253 Total: 2525
The original, original sunflower seed (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 old school style still making the top 3 of best sunflower seeds.
#4 - Bigs Sizzlin Bacon
Wins: 1242 Losses: 1226 Total: 2468
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 short list to try find and this year.
#5 - Spitz Spicey
Wins: 1273 Losses: 1271 Total: 2544
Easily the biggest surprise to us as we personally do not like these. We find them too spicy and they really tear our mouth up. Two bags later and you'll find yourself in the ER. But, clearly, enough folks love them to put them in the top 5 of all sunflower seeds on the market today. If you've never tried they are worth a handful or two. You might get hooked.
#6 - David Jumbo Ranch
Wins: 1326 Losses: 1322 Total: 2648
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 was a good fit. Although not our personal cup of tea, we can appreciate that others like them. David's Ranch are as good as ranch flavored seeds get.
#7 - Giants Kettle Roast
Wins: 1168 Losses: 1163 Total: 2331
The only other seed flavor on this list of best seeds we have never had the chance to taste. Giants, apparently, makes 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.
#8 - Spitz Smokey BBQ
Wins: 1311 Losses: 1295 Total: 2606
Smoky BBQ from Spitz are a solid alternative when Cracked Pepper just isn't giving you the same buzz it used to. In fact, 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.
#9 - Chinook Seedery
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 find 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.