Recipe By GR8DO
Published Nov 20th
Prep 5m Cook 55m Additional - Ready In 60m
Servings 12 servings Calories 238.4

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!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 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

Cooking Directions

  1. 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. 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.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 238.4
  • Carbohydrate 41.6 g
  • Cholesterol 20.3 mg
  • Fat 7.8 g
  • Fiber 3.5 g
  • Protein 1.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.9 g
  • Sodium 166.4 mg
  • Sugar 23 g

Chef's Notes

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


  1. I smashed mine in the syrup instead of leaving in chunks and it came out good. I love the flavor of the orange juice and cloves and the simplicity of the recipe. Next time I want to mash them I'll use powdered cloves, though.
  2. Very yummy. I will probably make these again.

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