Candied Yams Recipe- The Start To My Sweet Potato Obsession

(Please know in this post ‘sweet potato’ and ‘yam’ are used interchangeably.  There is a difference, though I don’t know exactly what it is and, honestly, don’t care too much since they both taste so similar I can’t tell the difference.) 🙂

My dad was the sweet potato king in our family. He made the sweet potatoes every Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They were seriously the best sweet potatoes ever, and I never hesitated to tell him how much I loved them.  I looked forward to them every holiday, and made myself sick on them every.single.time.  As a gift to me one year for my wedding anniversary, he made me a small pan of them.  One of the best gifts ever!!

He gave me his ‘original’ recipe many many years ago, but it’s not what he’d made for the past many years. I have no idea what his secret was, since I never expected to have to ask him so soon.  Since his death in 2011, I’ve been the one to make the sweet potatoes for the holidays for our family dinners.  I use his ‘original’ recipe, but hopefully someday- with some tweaking and experimenting- I’ll get it close to his to-die-for recipe.  Until then, these are still pretty amazing!

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Candied Yams
  • 12 yams
  • ¾ cup butter **
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup lemon or orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • dash of ground clove
  • 1 cup mini-marshmallows
  • **For a double batch, use only 1 cup of butter**
  1. Bake or microwave yams until tender.
  2. Peel and slice in ¼ inch slices.
  3. Layer in 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
  4. Mix remaining ingredients in a saucepan.
  5. Heat and pour over yams.
  6. Bake at 350* for approximately 1 hour
  7. Sprinkle marshmallows on top and bake for about 5 more minutes. WATCH CLOSELY and remove when they start to brown- They go from browned to burned in no time!



  1. Yum~I have a sweet potato obsession, too! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Alesha, thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. We now have 90 great potato/sweet potato links. Wow! Have a great week.

  3. I am the only yam lover in this house, sadly!

  4. i love sweet potatoes too. What a special memory of your Dad.

  5. Robyn Lucas says

    Goodness, that looks delicious! Too bad I can’t make it, every other member of my family hates sweet potatoes! Darn!

  6. Sandy VanHoey says

    These look good to me but I can’t get anyone here to like sweet potatoes. I even tried the fries…no go. I hate to cook just for me but this is tempting.

  7. love me some candied yams on thanksgiving and xmas!

  8. I love sweet potatoes! Made some sweet potato brownies yesterday!

  9. Shelbie Johnston says

    I LOVE candied yams, but since my Mom passed and my Dad moved away, I am the only one here that will eat them. These look so delish!

  10. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh this looks really good and easy to make! I LOVE sweet potatoes….although the rest of my family does not…but I always make them every now and then just for me! Oh the marshmallows and brown sugar taste so good on them! I will give these a try next time….Oh now I am having a huge craving for sweet potatoes! I just love them!

  11. Janet W. says

    I’m a big sweet potato fan, too! Looks delcious!

  12. I haven’t had breakfast yet this is making me hungry. I love sweet potatoes, unfortunately no one else in our house does.

  13. These sound delicious. I’ve never been very good at candied yams, but I’ll give your dad’s recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!


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