Great-Grandma's Candied Yams


This is my great-grandma's candied yams recipe. I started making them a few years ago, now everyone asks for them every year. The secret I think is in the orange juice and slow cooking.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
16 servings


  • 8 medium yams, peeled and cubed

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small chunks

  • 1 cup orange juice, or as needed

  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add yams and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse twice with cold water. Soak in cold water for 15 minutes.

  2. While yams are soaking, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

  3. Mix white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small bowl.

  4. Peel and cut yams into chunks and place in a large baking dish. Dot with butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture so all yams are coated. Carefully pour enough orange juice into the bottom of baking dish to measure 1/2 inch.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven, basting often, until yams are tender and the liquid is thick and sticky, 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Sprinkle with mini marshmallows. Turn on the oven's broiler. Broil until marshmallows are melted and toasty, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
5g Fat
73g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 9g 30%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 42mg 210%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 1676mg 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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