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Licoriced Candied Orange Zest

Licoriced Candied Orange Zest

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 1 hour 20 min


  • 5 large oranges (peels only)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • sprinkle licorice salt ( from Saltverk)
  • 1 dash mastic powder



Preheat the oven to 200 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


Take the 5 oranges and use a vegetable peeler to peel the segments of the zest off the oranges. You will not want any of the white pith to come with it. A trick I find useful is to apply a good amount of pressure with the peeler and go slowly to get smooth and even slices.


Gather your orange slices and use a knife to cut them into vertical even strips. Add them to a bowl with the salt, syrup and powder and lay it evenly onto the parchment lined baking sheet.


Cook long and slow in the oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes and let cool in oven. They will come out crispy and tart!


If you dont have mastic or the specialized salt, just replace with sugar or cinnamon and regular salt.

I am well aware that the word Licoriced is made up. It just sounded better. Given my affinity for the sweet treat, of course I would have sourced specialty salt from Iceland ( thank you Bezos and Amazon for making everything so easy). I use it on almost everything from chia pudding to salads etc, anywhere you would put a dash of salt. So in order to keep on my mission of reducing food waste and using everything ( and my love of all things zest) I decided to make candied orange peels before a juice batch I have planned.

The traditional thought when candied peels comes up, is a thick syrup like texture and very very sweet rind. This is the opposite deal. The only sugar is a mere kiss of maple syrup and its baked long and long to dehydrate them to a crisp. The hardest part is peeling them, but hey they entire house will smell like citrus and crisp oranges and your hand or small child might as well. I snack on them alone but here are some awesome ideas for what to do with them:


  • chop and add to chia pudding, oatmeal, or your morning yogurt
  • serve alongside a cheese plate
  • go the next level and dip them in melted white chocolate and build a tower, so you can become Godzilla and tear it down (then eat it of course)
  • soak in olive oil with thyme and use as a topping for fish

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