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Slow Cooker Crockpot Candied Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

This Slow Cooker Crockpot Candied Sweet Potatoes (Yams) recipe is a homemade Southern soul food dish from scratch and drizzled in thick caramelized syrup. Serve this side for Thanksgiving, the holidays, Sunday dinner, or for any meal.

candied sweet potatoes yams in a Crockpot slow cooker

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The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams

In most grocery stores there is no difference between the two. Most stores often label sweet potatoes as yams.

Yams have more starch and are drier. They have bumpy tough, brown skin. Yams are typically used in Caribbean and West African dishes. You have probably never eaten yams, as they are hard to find in the United States.

Years ago, Southerners (primarily in Louisiana) started to refer to them as yams. And since this is a Southern recipe, you will often hear it called candied yams.

You can read more about The Difference Between Yams and Sweet Potatoes here.

raw sweet potatoes on a flat surface

How to Slice Sweet Potatoes

The shape is your decision and is up to you. Be sure to scrub the potatoes really well and peel them first.

How to Sweeten The Sweet Potato Glaze

You will need the following ingredients:

This recipe doesn’t use marshmallows, but I do use them in my Sweet Potato Casserole. Feel free to add marshmallows if you wish.

white sugar, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla in separate bowls

How to Make Slow Cooker Crockpot Sweet Potatoes

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes
  2. Combine water and cornstarch in a bowl.
  3. Add sweet potatoes, cornstarch mixture, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar or sweetener, white sugar or sweetener, and vanilla to the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and slow cook.
collage of 4 photos with sliced sweet potatoes and spices in a Crockpot slow cooker

How to Thicken the Sweet Potato Glaze

You will need to create a slurry using cornstarch and water to thicken the glaze. Combine the two in a bowl and then add it to the sweet potatoes.

water and cornstarch in separate bowls

Cook Time and How Long to Cook

Every Crockpot and slow cooker will cook at varying speeds. You should plan to keep a watchful eye if you don’t want sweet potatoes that fall apart.

Cook on High for 3-4 hours or on Low for 6-8 hours.

candied sweet potatoes yams in a Crockpot slow cooker

Can You Make The Dish Ahead of Time? How Long Will It Last?

The dish will last 3-4 days properly stored and covered in the refrigerator.

candied sweet potatoes yams in a Crockpot slow cooker

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candied sweet potatoes yams in a Crockpot slow cooker

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candied sweet potatoes yams in a Crockpot slow cooker
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Slow Cooker Crockpot Candied Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

This Slow Cooker Crockpot Candied Sweet Potatoes (Yams) recipe is homemade from scratch and drizzled in thick caramelized syrup. Serve this side dish for Thanksgiving, the holidays, Sunday dinner, or for any meal.
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Crockpot candied sweet potatoes, Crockpot candied yams, Crockpot Thanksgiving sweet potatoes, slow cooker candied sweet potatoes, slow cooker candied yams
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 209kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into rounds about 1/2 to 1 inch thick. You can also slice them into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes.
  • Combine the water and cornstarch in a bowl. Stir.
  • Add all of the ingredients (including the cornstarch water slurry) to the slow cooker.
  • Cover and slow cook on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 6-8 hours.
    Stir the sweet potatoes halfway through the cooking process. This recipe does not use a lot of water because you want a thick glaze for the sweet potatoes. Because of this, you will need to give them a stir to ensure the sweet potatoes on the bottom don't cook faster than the ones on the top.
  • Cool before serving. Allow the glaze to thicken. See notes for how to thicken the sauce if necessary.

Notes

  • If making candied sweet potatoes for the first time, you may want to test out your desired level of sweetness. You can start with half of the recommended servings above. From there, continue to build and taste repeatedly until the dish suits your needs.
  • You can omit any of the spices in this recipe, make it suit your taste.
  • Watch your sweet potatoes closely. Every slow cooker will cook at varying speeds. You may need more or less time. If you cook them too long the sweet potatoes will fall apart.
  • If your sauce is thin and runny you can thicken it will additional cornstarch and water. After the sweet potatoes have cooked, examine the sauce. If it isn’t thick enough start with 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/2 tablespoon of water, combine in a bowl first and then add it to the sweet potatoes mixture. Repeat if the sauce still needs additional thickening.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g
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Recipe Rating




Hattie

Friday 25th of November 2022

Amazing, amazing! Used this recipe to open up free space in the oven and it was SO easy and tasty! I’m glad I read the tips and didn’t cook for too long, they were the perfect texture and sweetness.

staysnatched

Friday 25th of November 2022

Wonderful! I'm so glad to hear it!

Melissa

Thursday 24th of November 2022

Thank you for dropping this! I was going to make your regular recipe but this was a million times easier and freed up my stove. Mine were done after 3 hours. Delicious!

staysnatched

Friday 25th of November 2022

I'm glad you enjoyed them!