Sweet and Savory Candied Yams with Cinnamon and Marshmallows


10 Tips for Making Candied Yams

  1. Use fresh yams or sweet potatoes for the best flavor and texture.
  2. Peel and slice the yams into evenly sized rounds for even cooking.
  3. Adjust the sweetness to your preference by varying the amount of brown sugar and maple syrup.
  4. Add a pinch of ground cloves for extra warmth and depth of flavor.
  5. Arrange the yam slices in a single layer in the baking dish to ensure they cook evenly.
  6. Baste the yams with the melted butter and sugar mixture halfway through baking to keep them moist and flavorful.
  7. For a caramelized finish, broil the yams for a few minutes at the end of baking.
  8. Top the candied yams with mini marshmallows during the last few minutes of baking for a gooey, sweet topping.
  9. Garnish with chopped pecans or walnuts for added texture and nutty flavor.
  10. Serve the Candied Yams hot from the oven for the best taste and texture.

Serve It With Suggestions

Candied Yams pair well with a variety of main dishes and sides. Here are some serving suggestions:

  • Roast turkey or baked ham
  • Green bean casserole
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Dinner rolls or cornbread
  • Mixed greens salad with vinaigrette dressing


Q: Can I prepare Candied Yams ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can prepare Candied Yams up to a day in advance and store them covered in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the oven before serving for the best taste and texture.

Q: Can I use canned yams instead of fresh?
A: While fresh yams or sweet potatoes are recommended for optimal flavor, you can use canned yams as a time-saving alternative. Just be sure to drain them well before using.

Q: Can I make Candied Yams without marshmallows?
A: Yes, you can omit the marshmallows if desired or substitute them with a streusel topping made from flour, brown sugar, and butter.

Q: Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?
A: Yes, you can substitute honey for maple syrup in this recipe. Adjust the amount to taste based on your preferred level of sweetness.

Q: How long do Candied Yams take to bake?
A: Candied Yams typically take about 45-50 minutes to bake in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C), depending on the thickness of the yam slices.

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