Candied Yams and Sweet Potatoes

If you are looking for a different way to use sweet potatoes or yams, then this recipe for Candied Yams and Sweet Potatoes is just what you need! It is a family favorite every year and has made it into our collection of Sweet Potato Recipes.

Made with sugar, cinnamon, and mini marshmallows, this delectable side dish is sure to be a hit at your next Thanksgiving dinner! They have been gracing tables for generations, turning ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary experiences.

Candied Yams and Sweet Potatoes in a casserole dish.

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I learned to make this dish during my first year of marriage. It is my mom’s recipe and one that I have grown up on. Sweet potatoes or yams can be used depending on your preference. We’ve made it with both.

Whether you eat them during holiday gatherings or during a regular dinner, the allure of candied yams and sweet potatoes is sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

Why You Should Make Candied Yams and Sweet Potatoes

  • The recipe is only 6 ingredients which means it’s great to make on a budget
  • Preparation and creation take minimal effort
  • It’s 100% kid approved
  • Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without it

Ingredients and Tips for these Candied Sweet Potatoes

Wondering what you need to make this rice? I have you covered below!

  • Yams or Sweet Potatoes: These are the star of the recipe. Do not skip them! You can use fresh or canned. Our favorite brand to use is Bruce’s Yams.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sugar brings out the sweetness in the yams.
  • Mini Marshmallows: When combined with the sugar, it makes the recipe a special treat.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon pairs well with yams and sweet potatoes giving them an earthy sweet taste.
A serving of Candied Yam and Sweet Potatoes on a small plate.

What is the difference between Yams and Sweet potatoes?

According to webstaurantstore.comyams are different than sweet potatoes both in taste and in color/shape. Yams have a darker, bark-like skin and may be white inside. Sweet potatoes have a brownish-like skin and are orange inside.

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same?

Technically, they are not. However, grocery stores and food producers use the names interchangeably when referring to sweet potatoes. The cans of ‘yams’ that you see in the store are really sweet potatoes.

What are the Nutritional Benefits of Yams and Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes and yams are rich in Vitamin A which helps our eyes function and also aide in immunity. They also contain fiber, potassium, and antioxidants which make them wonderful to eat on a daily basis.

What Bakeware Should I Use to Bake these Sweet Potatoes?

We enjoy using this Ultime Rectangular Baking Dish from Emile Henry They are made with Burgandy Clay and they distribute the heat evenly while cooking and baking. We also use this to make our candied yams.

More Sweet potato and Yam Recipes You Would Enjoy

If you are looking for more ways to eat sweet potatoes, this list of ideas will help your creativity!

A glass casserole dish with Candied Yams and Sweet Potatoes on top of a gold placemat.

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Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes

Made with sugar, cinnamon, and mini marshmallows, these Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next Thanksgiving dinner!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 Ingredient, easy, Thanksgving
Serves: 8 people
Calories Per Serving: 295


  • 7 cups chopped, one inch cubed yams (equivalent to 3 big ones. scrubbed and skinned)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (chopped into pieces)
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • Ground Cinnamon to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a big mixing bowl, mix the 1/2 cup and 1/8 cup of sugar with the chopped yams.
  • Place chopped yams in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Take the chopped butter pieces and place them on top of the yams, making sure to spread out the pieces.
  • Take the ground cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the butter and yams.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the 4 cups of mini marshmallows on top.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes or until marshmallows start to brown.

Libby’s Notes

You must eyeball and estimate how much ground cinnamon to put on top, depending on your preference.
Recipe Source:
My mother


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 1071mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 22.4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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  1. Looks like yall had fun and that sweet potato casserole is one we do every year and it is SOOOOOOOOOOO yummy!

  2. Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Libby you are just sweet as that pie on the counter. That is so great of you to do that for all the wives. Everyone just needs a little help and inspiration. That what being a military wife is all about, being there for each other. High five to you my friend. Everything looks so good.

  3. Libby – what a phenomenal idea! I'm the wife of a retired military guy and would have SO enjoyed doing something like this while we were gone from our family. I'm blessed to tears and know those ladies will forever remember your fun day with them in the kitchen. Blessings!

  4. how fun! the class looks like a blast, and those are some crazy yummy looking sweet potatoes.

  5. Thank you everyone 🙂 We all had an awesome time that afternoon! It was fun getting together in the kitchen and talking turkey with them 🙂 We're hoping to do it again for Christmas 😉

  6. This is such a great idea! I have often wanted to do a cooking class, but have never done it. Taking one OR teaching one, either would be fun. Love the little gifts you put together for your students. I'll bet they just loved them. What a thoughtful touch.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe and our Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole recipe are huge hits around Thanksgiving!

  8. This recipe calls for sugar twice. What kind of sugar for each portion?

    1. Granulated white sugar is used in this recipe for both parts.

  9. Wendy. Geffernan says:

    Thank you!!

  10. Can I use canned yams? Should I drain them first? Also would i use a large or small can? Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Trisha! You can use a large can of yams…drained. I would use 2 large cans if you have access to them.

  11. Betty Dickson says:

    I add lg can of well drained peaches and walnuts.

  12. Gracie Vargas says:

    5 stars
    This is the perfect recipe for me.I don’t like my yams , smashed I rather have,chunks. Thanks Libby.Happy Thanksgiving🦃🦃

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