Great Depression Cooking: Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

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Great Depression was followed by Wolrd War II and the United States needed healthy soldiers badly. The government was hoping for a good amount of strong young boys who can stand out but they got shocked by the stats.

After children starvation during the Great Depression, about 60% of the men did not pass the test. Many of them were too skinny, weak, had multiple decreases caused by lack of nutrition and years of emergency diet.

Some of the states had a food stamp system but it was not enough to feed a family of four.

Caramelized sweet potatoes was a delicacy that appeared on the tables on a thanksgiving day. The recipe is simple and can be treated as a dessert, a side dish and a meal. I usually treat it as both a side and a dessert.

Pro tip: it is better if you use maple syrup. Mainly because not a lot of families had brown sugar. Regular sugar will stick to a pan and will be hard to wash off while maple syrup will add a nice flavor to your potatoes without being a pain to clean off.

Serving size:

4 servings


  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • OR
  • 3/4 cup of Maple syrup


  • 485 Calories
  • 15.4g Fat
  • 86.9g Carbs
  • 4.9g Fiber
  • 2.8g Protein


Peel and dice the potatoes into thick cubes.

Boil until not quite done.


Heat butter and sugar or syrup.

Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

Mix potatoes and butter mix and bake for 40-50 minutes until nice and crisp.

Serve hot or cold.

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