Recipe By MARAH
Published Nov 19th
Prep 10m Cook 3h 50m Additional 15m Ready In 4h 15m
Servings 16 servings Calories 344.3

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 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

Cooking Directions

  1. 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. 2 While yams are soaking, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  3. 3 Mix white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small bowl.
  4. 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. 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

  • Calories 344.3
  • Carbohydrate 73.4 g
  • Cholesterol 11.4 mg
  • Fat 4.7 g
  • Fiber 8.5 g
  • Protein 3.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.8 g
  • Sodium 54.7 mg
  • Sugar 17.1 g


  1. I loved this recipe!! It was the perfect yam dish for my Thanksgiving. The orange juice and slow cooking were key to making this dish so delicious. Can't rush perfection! I will definitely be making this every Thanksgiving!!
  2. 11.28.20 I followed this recipe to the letter EXCEPT I took them out of the oven at 2-1/2 hours, instead of 3 to 3-1/2 hours. They were starting to get very brown, and after pre-cooking them and then baking for a long time, even at a low temperature, they obviously were done and glazed. And - Read more ...

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