Candied Yams and Marshmallows


My honey kept asking for candied yams with the orange juice syrup and marshmallows. I couldn't find a recipe, so I made one up. Learn how to make these yams here — I must say they came out mighty fine!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 ½ pounds yams

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 3 cups marshmallows


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Roast whole yams in the preheated oven until heated through but not quite tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool.

  3. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir brown sugar, orange juice, and nutmeg with the melted butter to dissolve the sugar completely; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook until the liquid thickens into a syrup, 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Peel cooled yams. Cut yams into bite-sized chunks; arrange in a single layer in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Drizzle syrup over the yams.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven, twice opening the oven to spoon syrup over the yams, until the chunks are fork-tender, about 35 minutes. Arrange marshmallows over the yams and continue baking until the marshmallows are puffy and browned, about 10 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Orange juice can be replaced with water.

Pecans can be stirred into the sweet potatoes before adding sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

551 Calories
4g Fat
125g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 551
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 125g 46%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 66g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 53mg 265%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 1693mg 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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