If there’s anything I can count on in this world, it’s my son asking this question when coming home for a family dinner…

“Will there be candied yams?”

I get the distinct impression that he doesn’t make the trip home to visit his family, but only for the candied yams. If I dare answer “no” to this question, I doubt he would come with me. Of course, they are a family tradition and a favourite dish of my own as well, so if we are having turkey, we are also having candied yams.

This recipe is the most read post on this blog and the most pinned post I have on Pinterest. Many people have made it and taken the time to write me and tell me how much they enjoyed it. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that one of my family dishes is now a part of so many other families. Please let me know if you try it!


  • 6 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 a bag of mini marshmallows

candied yams pin


Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into cubes. Boil your sweet potatoes until they are soft.

Add the butter, cinnamon and brown sugar to the yams, and mash them until smooth. Put the mashed mixture into a casserole dish.

Cover the sweet potatoes with the mini marshmallows and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the marshmallows are browned.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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