Candied Yams – Sweet Potatoes

  • Yield : 6
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 45m
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Candied yams are a popular favorite at holiday time. Although the trend is to cook the yams casserole style in the oven, my children really prefer this method of cooking yams.


  • 2 large cans yams or sweet potatoes No 3 size
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional)


Step 1

Pour the liquid from the sweet potatoes into a 2 to 3 quart pan. Set the potatoes aside. Lemon or orange zest may be added.

Step 2

Mix the sugars, salt and cinnamon and combine with the liquid. If using baked sweet potatoes, melt 1/2 cup butter and mix with sugars.

Step 3

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Over medium heat, cook until mixture forms a light syrup, approximately 20 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. One teaspoon vanilla extract may be added.

Step 4

Add the potatoes/yams to the syrupy mixture, cooking an additional 10 minutes until potatoes are well glazed and thoroughly heated.

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