Candied Yam Fluff Salad

This Candied Yam Fluff salad is a great fall or holiday dessert! Combines instant pudding, canned yams, pecans, marshmallows and more for a sweet treat!

Candied Yam Fluff Salad in a glass serving dish.

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Candied Yam Fluff Salad in a serving dish with pecan and marshmallow garnish.

I am a self proclaimed fluff salad queen! Between both of my websites, I have 10 different fluff salad desserts and many more coming up within the next couple months.

What is a fluff salad? A staple among recipes in the midwest, a fluff salad is a creamy concoction of sweet ingredients such as whipped cream, marshmallows, canned fruit, gelatin, or even soda. 

Fluff salads are a Minnesota favorite! I grew up eating them at potlucks, holidays and parties and absolutely love them to this day.

This Candied Yam Fluff is unique and SO good! It has many of the flavors of baked candied yams whipped into a creamy, tangy, crunchy and sweet fluff salad.

This salad would be great served for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Or, really any fall occasion you need something sweet for. If you want to skip the canned yams, these Pecan Candied Yams would be a great substitute! 

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Recipe tips:

  • Sweetened freshly whipped cream can be used instead of whipped topping, but the texture and consistency will be slightly different.

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Candied Yam Fluff Salad in a glass serving dish.
Yield 10 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
15 Min
Inactive time
30 Min
Total time
45 Min

Candied Yam Fluff Salad


  • 1 - 3.4 ounce box vanilla instant pudding
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 - 15 ounce can yams with syrup
  • 1 - 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, plus additional for garnish


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the vanilla instant pudding, cinnamon, and milk with a hand mixer for 3 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the yams with syrup and beat, scraping down as needed, until combined.
  3. Combine the pudding mixture with the cream cheese mixture until blended. Fold in the whipped topping.
  4. Fold in the marshmallows and nuts.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve topped with additional marshmallows and nuts, if desired.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days.

Nutrition Facts




16.78 g

Sat. Fat

6.24 g


30.69 g


2.08 g

Net carbs

27.66 g


17.13 g


3.05 g


106.1 mg


15.7 mg

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