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Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Candied Sweet Potatoes

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"These sweet potatoes are easy to make and not overly sweet. Originally submitted to"

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Original recipe makes 4 - 6 servings Change Servings


  1. Boil cut-up sweet potatoes or bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) whole sweet potatoes until tender.
  2. In a frying pan, melt the butter and brown sugar together until bubbly. Add the orange juice and stir until smooth. Add the cut-up sweet potatoes and cook slowly, turning occasionally until the sweet potatoes are caramelized, about 20 minutes. If syrup is too thin, add a bit more brown sugar.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 31, 2007

These are to die for! I make these sweet potatoes every holiday we get! :) Make sure you boil the sweet potatoes until just a tad bit under done. That way when you cook them in the butter and brown sugar, they'll cook the rest of the way there and not break up and turn to mush. edited to need to add another 3/4 cup brown sugar to make the sauce not runny. I also cut the orange juice a tad too.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2008

DO not bake it first! It didn't turn out like expected at all.


93 Ratings

Dec 23, 2003

These were yummy! I used 3 large sweet potatoes and instead of baking for boiling them, I microwaved them until finished and then peeled the skin off and cubed them. I also added a cinnamon spice mix to give it some flavor while cooking...I think that made them even better! My husband loved them! I had it as a side dish to "awesome honey pecan prok chops". SO YUMMY! O

Nov 28, 2005

I liked the potatoes, and do agree that they are not overly sweet, but I thought it was difficult to get the potatoes to the right consistency. My advice: leave them slightly firm before adding them to the sauce. After cooking for 20 more minutes, mine were too soft and mushy.

Dec 10, 2006

YUM! These turned out great! (Even better than my mom's.) I used canned sweet potatoes/yams. I turned the heat to high the last few minutes to carmelize them. I also added a tad more brown sugar to thicken. They were wonderful and I will make them every year for the holidays!

Dec 23, 2003

These candied sweet potatoes turned out pretty good! It wasn't the easiest recipe because it did not specify how "large" the sweet potatoes had to be, so I eye-balled it since I bought JUMBO sweet potatoes. RESERVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME for this recipe....the sweet potatoes have to boil (or cook depending on which way you do this recipe), the butter, brown sugar, and O.J. have to mix thoroughly. And then the "Candied" process begins...which takes around 20-25 minutes of attention, sturring, and a careful eye. All in all, I like this recipe, I wouldn't give it 5 stars for preparation, probably 4. But 5 out of 5 stars for taste. My family enjoyed it! Happy Holidays!

Nov 17, 2007

I made these yesterday, and I had to eye ball everything because I had to make a Big pan full of them. I cheated and bought the canned yams and drained them. I put the yams in one of those turkey cooking trays and filled it up. I then turned the oven on to 375 and cooked the yams for 25mins while I got the sauce ready. I again had to double up on the sauce, but I used everything. I added just a little spoon full of cornstarch to thinken up the sauce. Once missed well I took out the yams and poured the sauce on them. I covered it with foil and put in back in to cook for about 15 mins, then pulled it out and put little marshmellows on top and put them back in the oven to melt. My husband brought these to work for a pot luck and everyone loved them. It was all gone real fast. *PS* Dont forget to put foil over the yams while they are cooking without the marshmellows on them.

Dec 01, 2003

Decided at the last minute Thanksgiving to make this recipe. Didn't have OJ on hand, so I substituted pineapple juice. Added a drizzle of vanilla, and sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very good!


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  • Calories
  • 327 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 59.4 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 5.5 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 172 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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