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Maggie Mae’s Florida Candied Yams – with a touch of Bourbon!

Florida Candied Yams or Sweet Potatoes

Maggie Mae's Florida Candied Yams - with a touch of Bourbon

This is an easy way to make candied yams for that special holiday.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 3 lbs. Yams or Sweet Potatoes Peeled and cut in 1/2 inch round discs - this recipe works for 3-5 pounds of yams
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar (or light brown)
  • 1 1/4 cups White, preferably florida sugar
  • 1 stick Butter (1/4 pound)
  • 1/2 cup Florida orange juice
  • 3 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. Ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 oz. Good Bourbon Optional, of course


  • This is truly a one pot solution. Add the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook covered for 45-50 minutes until yams are just fork tender.
  • At the end of cooking the yams, if the sauce is not thick like syrup, remove the yams to a serving dish and reduce the liquid to syrup consistency and pour over the yams.
  • Don't rush this dish - let it simmer. That's it - enjoy!


Not only is Florida known for its orange juice, but great sweet potatoes are grown in Florida. This recipe for Candied Yams (Sweet Potatoes) is a one-pot-and-done solution for a great side dish.
Keyword Florida, sweet potatoes, yams
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