Candied Sweet Potatoes

Get ready to accentuate the “sweet” in sweet potatoes. These tasty tubers cook in a blend of ingredients and are served with a candy-like syrup for a daringly delicious dessert.

Serves: 4Prep: 10 minutesCook: 50 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup piloncillo or brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole anise stars
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 large sweet potatoes


  • In 3-quart saucepan, boil water, piloncillo, cinnamon sticks, anise stars and whole cloves, stirring with a wooden spoon until piloncillo dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sweet potatoes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove sweet potatoes. Reserve syrup, discarding cinnamon sticks, anise stars and cloves.
  • Serve sweet potatoes with warm syrup.