Thanksgiving Week Part 4: Candied Yams Are Not Edible

As Thanksgiving week continues on my blog, I would like to take this chance to address a popular misconception. Contrary to what is commonly thought, candied yams are actually not edible. This product was originally developed as a centerpiece for the tables of holiday celibrations and was candied to prevent the yams from rotting while decorating. No one actually intended anyone to eat them. This is why they taste like furniture polish and smell even worse. This is why you have to cover them with melted marshmellows, in hopes that it will somehow help (it won’t). Lord knows where anyone actually got the idea to start eating these things. Some Thanksgiving dinner probably ran low on food and they started eating the candied yams right after eating the wax fruit. I’m not doing it. I like fresh yams (steamed with a little butter), but I’m not touching the candied yams. My parents tried to get me to eat them when I was a kid and we were at the family Thanksgiving celebration, but I wouldn’t even eat the marshmellows after they’d been scraped off the top. I knew better. I could see that my parents wouldn’t eat them either. So, in my current tryptophan fueled stupor, I’d like to reach out to people out there. Stop trying to eat candied yams. Stick to more edible things. Like the tablecloth. Happy Thanksgiving.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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