Yams potatoes are like sweet potatoes... But yams or sweeter and more full of orange color and not pale yellow as sweet potatoes...When it come to making Candies Yams it mean "Yams Potatoes" Not sweet potatoes.
8 medium yams
2 cups water
2 cups fine granulated sugar
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Peel skin from yams and slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick circles or long,place them in a pot add water and cook for 8 min.
Pour half water off cooked potato keeping them in pot add sugar,butter, lemon juice, nutmeg. return to boil cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. cook yams for 35 minutes or until tender and candied.
Read About Yams And Sweet Potatoes...http://www.ncsweetpotatoes.com/sweet-potatoes-101/difference-between-yam-and-sweet-potato/