These candied yams with marshmallows (or without) are a must for Thanksgiving! With a simple sweet syrup, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla, these sweet potatoes are a classic. Add mini marshmallows and bake for a holiday favorite everyone will love.
Candied Yams with Marshmallows
Guys, I totally meant to post this before Thanksgiving but, well…life.
Anyways, I’m posting it now since I know a lot of you will be making sweet potatoes for Christmas!
When I was a kid, these marshmallow-topped candied yams were one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes (a close tie with grandma’s Rice Dressing).
I like to experiment with my dishes, like the incredible Pumpkin Brownie Trifle instead of pumpkin pie, but there are some things you don’t mess with, like these classic candied yams.
Grandma’s children always requested her sweet potato casserole with pecans and brown sugar topping, but her grandchildren always clamored for the candied yams with marshmallows.
To her credit, she obligingly made both along with a full Midwestern Thanksgiving dinner.
These candied yams can be made with or without marshmallows.
As a kid, the marshmallows were my favorite part. The charred, melted gooey topping was irresistible!
As an adult who now appreciates tastes beyond sugar, they can be omitted so the sweet potatoes really shine.
A note about yams or sweet potatoes: In the USA the terms are used interchangeably. My candied yams are actually sweet potatoes.
In the grocery store, sweet potatoes are commonly labeled as yams, even if they aren’t true yams, which is confusing. Either way, you’ll want sweet potatoes for this recipe!
To start, scrub the sweet potatoes and place in a large pot. Fill with water until they are covered and bring to a boil.
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes. You can cut them into slices or cubes.
Place them in a baking dish if you will be topping with marshmallows.
For the syrup, simply bring all the ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan.
Pour over the sweet potatoes, top with marshmallows and bake until golden brown.
If you do not want to use marshmallows, combine the syrup ingredients in a large skillet and add the sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer until thickened.
This recipe is so easy to customize to your family’s taste so I’ve included a few substitutions in the recipe below. Happy holidays to you and yours!
Pin this to your holiday board!
Candy Yams with Marshmallows Recipe Video
Preparation with marshmallows:
Preparation without marshmallows:
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227
These candied yams with marshmallows first appeared on Amanda’s Cookin’ as a guest contribution by Kitchen Gidget.