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The Best Candied Yams (Without Corn Syrup) Recipe

One of those wonderful Thanksgiving side dish recipes everyone will love is our candied yams without corn syrup!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic family recipe, easy yams recipe, thanksgiving recipe, Thanksgiving side dish recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 505kcal


  • large pot
  • 9x13 Inch Baking Dish
  • Fork


  • 6-8 yams peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Boil yams for 20 minutes in a large pot, or until they are easily pierced with a fork, and drain the water from the pot.
  • Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and spread boiled yams inside.
  • Distribute small pieces of butter and cinnamon evenly over the yams.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar then miniature marshmallows over yams.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender and marshmallows have melted.



Are Yams and Sweet Potatoes The Same?
No they are not the same, though some people tend to use them interchangeably. Yams have a harder brownish outside and a little more starchy inside. Yams can also grow to be very large. 
Where as the sweet potato has a lighter reddish brown outside and more of a softer buttery inside. Sweet potatoes tend to stay around the same size, but maybe slightly larger than a russet potato.


Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 2589mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 612IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg