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Holiday Recipe: Mandarin-Berry Walnut Spread

This is a compensated post on behalf of Halos Mandarins.


We’re just over a week away from the big holiday and we’re busy preparing our favorite holiday desserts, finishing the holiday decor, and of course starting the traditional holiday wrapping. After weeks of shopping we’re putting the final plans on our celebrations and that includes our big holiday dinner.

This year my kiddos have gotten to try new Halos Mandarins and they cant get enough. I’ve found myself using them in every way that I can including salads, lunch boxes and even desserts! Since I am busy planning my holiday menu I really wanted to put an exciting new twist on one of my favorite holiday side dishes, the cranberry sauce. Whether you are eating a Christmas ham or turkey you’ll want to pair it with the fruits of the season, mandarins.

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Mandarin-Berry Walnut Spread Recipe


  • 1 cup Halos Mandarins
  • 2 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 TBSP of brown sugar
  •  1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

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Holiday meals are busy so a simple side dish like this does not have to be complicated. You’ll start with washing your fruits.

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Cook on medium to low heat on the stove top. The longer you allow this side dish to cook the better the favors will be. If you want a mellow cinnamon flavor remove the cinnamon stick when your berries start to boil.

To serve you can allow your spread to cool and serve in a dish with a few sliced Halos on top.


The whole family also enjoys it served piping hot over top ice cream! It’s a fun new twist on a simple holiday dessert.

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  1. Eileen Richter on January 10, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I know this is a holiday recipe but this would make for a great Valenties breakfast…topping for English Muffins or bagels! Looks fairly healthy too! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Sarah L on January 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    This is a nice change from what we usually have. I like the flavors in it.

  3. Sally on January 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    My mother makes something similar to this (fresh cranberry/celery/pecans) at Thanksgiving and it is by far my fave holiday dish!

  4. Cynthia C on January 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I love this combination of flavors and this is a very healthy dish to serve at holiday time.

  5. Cindy Merrill on January 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Very nice recipe, however, if you want to really wake up the taste buds, try adding some fresh grated ginger root just before serving.

  6. Richard Hicks on December 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Looks great! Would like to do this for our big dinner on xmas eve

  7. joseph gersch on December 22, 2013 at 2:26 am

    this is such a unique dessert

  8. Janet W. on December 21, 2013 at 3:27 am

    This looks delicious! What a festive spread to have out on our table while celebrating Christmas!

  9. mrsshukra on December 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Perfect for the holidays, thanks!

  10. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville on December 19, 2013 at 7:33 am

    What a unique recipe. I’ll be the sweet of the Halos mandarins and the tart of the cranberries play well together!

  11. Rust on December 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    This does sound wonderful ….and unique! I bet it will be a big hit at our gathering for Christmas!

  12. shaunie on December 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Love it !! the recipe and the way it presented. these are my favorite fruits

  13. Ellen Christian on December 18, 2013 at 4:11 am

    That looks delicious and very festive!

  14. Laura Jacobson on December 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    OH that looks so interesting and yummy! I have never tried anything like that but love everything in it!

  15. Sonya Morris on December 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Looks wonderful! I would have never thought about those flavor combinations but they sound delicious!

  16. Jean on December 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    What a gorgeous recipe! My dad is a big fan of this sort of thing – I know he would love it. Maybe I can surprise him for Christmas.

  17. Mer on December 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Does this taste as good as it looks? It sounds like a great flavor combination, and it looks so festive!

  18. Lisa Brown on December 17, 2013 at 3:59 am

    looks yummy and sweet…you did a great job 🙂

  19. ellen beck on December 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I really like the way this recipe sounds. We love Mandarins and they are in season right now! I enjoy this type of suace all year on chops chicken and turkey and I bookmarked it thank you!