Candied Sweet Potatoes with Orange Juice


Every holiday my mother makes these candied sweet potatoes with orange juice and every holiday someone asks for her recipe. After 53 years, she certainly has perfected it!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 servings


  • 6 medium sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 whole cloves, or more to taste


  1. Place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender but not mushy, 18 to 20 minutes. Drain. Peel sweet potatoes and cut in half lengthwise. Discard skins.

  2. Combine brown sugar, butter, orange juice, salt, and cloves in a large skillet or electric frying pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until syrupy. Arrange potato halves in the syrup and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove cloves from syrup before serving, if you wish.

Cook's Note:

You can use 1/2 orange juice and 1/2 pineapple juice if you'd like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
8g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 420mg 9%

* 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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