Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

I am all about quick and simple side dishes, especially ones that are made in the slow cooker. These Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes are so simple and taste absolutely amazing. You'll love them.

As soon as fall rolls around, I love being in my kitchen. I love all of the yummy fall flavors, including sweet potatoes.
I love that I can put these in my crock pot in the morning and have an amazing side dish by dinner time.  They are literally my favorite side dish of all time.
These are so simple to throw together and you don’t have to spend much time slaving away in the kitchen or preparing this dish.
It comes together quickly and taste absolutely amazing.
If you are looking for the perfect simple and delicious comfort food, this is one I highly recommend trying. You will love these Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes.

what is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?

This is a commonly asked question. People often don’t know which ones to use when it comes to baking. I myself, had no idea what the difference was. I did a little research and found out that you most likely have never had a yam.

Yams and sweet potatoes are both a tuberous root vegetable, however Yams are grown in parts of Asia and Africa.

The deeper copper colored sweet potatoes are often referred to as yams because they have the soft outside and sweeter skin, like a true yam.

Sweet potatoes, with a lighter skin and inside, have a harder skin. This is how they differentiate the two at grocery stores. Both the orange and yellow sweet potatoes, are actually sweet potatoes, although label differently at the store.

Mind blown. I know. Either one would work for this recipe. They cook just about the same and have a similar flavor.

how do I get the marshmallows to golden?

For this recipe, we popped it into the oven for about 40 seconds, and the marshmallows broiled perfectly. They broil fast, so be sure to keep an eye on them. If they burn, you can always scrape them off and try again.

You could also use a culinary torch to golden them up, but I usually stick to broiling for less than a minutes, and they turn out perfect every time.

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Serves: 8-10

Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

15 minPrep Time

2 hrCook Time

2 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 6-7 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into slices
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows


  1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Spread chopped sweet potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker. 
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar. 
  4. Pour over the top of the sweet potatoes and place lid on the slow cooker. 
  5. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3. 
  6. Once cooked, pour all the contents from your slow cooker into a baking dish. 
  7. Top with marshmallows and broil in oven until marshmallows are golden brown.



151 cal


34 g


4 g
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65 Responses to “Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe”

  1. I'm French and I used to live in Michigan 20 years ago . I remember having this kind of sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and I loved it !! Thanks for the recipe !! I will try to do it for my kids (and for myself of course) because I want them to taste this "so american" dish !! the only problem is that it's difficult to find mini marshmallows here in France but I guess I could use the normal size ones !!
  2. Has anyone tried to make this the night before? We have to travel about an hour and a half on Thanskgiving ann addd i would like to make this the night before - pop it in the fridge and then reheat it the next day and then add the marshmellows. Any thoughts?
    • After reading over the recipe carefully, I think this would work. We have always reheated leftovers which is basically the same thing. Add your marshmallows at the very end. Best of luck and have a Happy Thanksgiving. :) Cyd (mom of the six sisters)
        • I would do it in 2 crock pots if you have them. But if you double this recipe in one you would need to allow for maybe some extra cooking time. They would be piled pretty deep. Not sure how big your average sized crock pot it is. I'm hoping it's a 6 quart one and then you would might be ok.
          • Hi! I wanted to follow-up on this in case anyone else had the same questions I did - I doubled this recipe and used two crockpots. Cooked this the night before, mashed them up and put them in (disposable with a lid) pans and stuck them in the fridge. The next day I reheated them a little bit, then added the marshmellows, and continued to reheat them. They came out so yummy! I am making them again this year for Thanksgiving and bringing them to our Friendsgiving. I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing - Happy Holidays :)
  3. Fabulous recipe! My family loved it! I am trying out different recipes for Thanksgiving and this is the winner. I made it Wednesday, put it in the fridge overnight then reheated for dinner Thursday on 350° for about 20 minutes. Added mini marshmallows and broiled for about 3 minutes or so. Trial run worked great!
  4. mammadawn2
    First off you all are lucky to have sisters, I am theonly girl out of 5. Anyway thank you so much for posting this slow cooker Sweet Potato dish it was exactly what I waslooking for, for my Thanksgiving dinner. I look forward to any new things I find on your blog!
    • The only thing you could really do is have the sweet potatoes already cut up and put them in some type of zip loc bag or container. That morning you will just dump it all in your slow cooker and let it do all the work. And it's not a silly question!! :) It will all work out great. Just follow the directions - the slow cooker will do all the work cooking it. Then put it in your baking dish and let the marshmallows grow big and brown a little. So yummy! Crossing our fingers for you!!! Happy Thanksgiving.
  5. I am really looking forward to making this! I loved the orange glazed yams the Pirate's House in Savannah served on Sunday afternoons when i lived there forty years ago. I tried making them a few times for our family dinners, but they didn't catch on because my mom has always preferred the traditional candied yams and sweet potato casseroles. They will be on my Thanksgiving menu this year though, and I believe my grandchildren will love them as much as I did! I have a couple questions. What size crockpot is this recipe for? Also, how many pounds of potatoes does it call for...they come in so many sizes and weights.
  6. Has anyone tried this with yams instead of sweet potatoes? Also, I'm wondering if I can make the recipe in the slow cooker at my home, transfer them to a baking dish, and broil them at my folks' house right before they're served. Do you think that would work? Thanks!
  7. Thanks so much for sharing this - I did figure out my potatoes were more like 11-12 oz size so I doubled the sauce accordingly as my crock was full! I used a crock pot liner and added marshmallows straight to the crock and removed it to put in the oven to broil the marshmallows to a beautiful golden brown! I've searched for a candied yam recipe for a crock for a long time to replace my southern favorite dish. My mother (from Louisiana originally) loved them ! Thanks again and hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving !
  8. We made this for Thanksgiving and it was just about as big a hit as the turkey. My adult daughter, who only takes a "token bite" each year, LOVED this and has requested it for Christmas & Thanksgiving from now on. Thank you so much for a new family tradition.

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