Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate and Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

Tis’ the season!  With just 11 days to go before Christmas, I have a few recipes and an appetizer suggestion that I would like to share with you that are perfect for the upcoming holidays and New Year’s Eve.  They all include some of my favorite ingredients, Honey Crèmes from Honey Ridge Farms.  I also have a giveaway for the products I have used in these recipes.

Mexican Hot Chocolate topped with homemade whipped cream.  What a perfect treat to make for a chilly winter evening!  If you haven’t tried Mexican Hot Chocolate, it is a lovely variation on regular hot chocolate or cocoa.  The flavors are more intense and a beverage that most adults will certainly enjoy.

This hot chocolate is decadent!

Some Mexican chocolates can include various spices, however, I use a Mexican chocolate from Taza which is a stone ground and organic chocolate and contains 70% cacao and raw sugar.  This allows me to add a little more sweetness and some spice to the recipe.  I did this with Spiced Honey Crème from Honey Ridge Farms.

This honey crème adds a wonderful subtle spiced flavor to this rich and chocolatey hot chocolate.  There is a hint of cinnamon and other fall and winter spices.  The freshly whipped cream finishes it beautifully.  I am betting that Santa will be extra good to you if you leave a cup of this hot chocolate for him Christmas Eve! 😉

Santa will love you if you leave this for him!

If you are looking for a new recipe for homemade Cranberry Sauce, this boozy version made with Cranberry Honey Crème is the perfect accompaniment to serve with your holiday ham or turkey.  I love the flavor of the honey with the fresh cranberries and orange.  The Grand Marnier adds yet another layer of flavor.  I like my cranberry sauce a bit tart, so you may want to adjust the sweetness if you prefer yours a bit sweeter.

Fresh cranberries have a wonderful flavor

If you have never made homemade cranberry sauce, you are truly missing out.  It is so easy and full of flavor (especially with a little Grand Marnier!).  It’s nothing like that gelatinous stuff from the can that we were served in a disk as kids.  That gave cranberry sauce a bad name and it really is so very good on its own when made from scratch.  I hope you will make some before the holidays are over this year!

Paired with honey, Grand Marnier and fresh oranges…

We always serve cheese as an appetizer when we entertain.  Sometimes it is the featured appetizer and other times, it may just be one of the choices for our guests.  One cheese that we have become particularly fond of is Manchego.  It is a sheep’s milk cheese from the La Mancha region of Spain.

When we went to Spain two years ago, they served Manchego as a tapas drizzled with honey.  We have adopted this practice in our home and love the sharpness and saltiness of the cheese paired with the sweetness of the honey.

Manchego is a perfect appetizer cheese for a party

I have found that it is particularly good when served with the Apricot Honey Crème.  That combination brings out the subtle fruit flavor in the honey and goes quite well with a nice glass of wine.  It is a quick and simple appetizer that will definitely be a hit with your guests this holiday season!

Paired with Apricot Honey Creme, Manchego tastes completely different

My friends at Honey Ridge Farms are sponsoring a holiday giveaway for one of my readers.  The gift package will be a Honey Crème Trio with one of each of the honey crèmes that I have used in these recipes.  The jars are 9 ounces each, so you will have lots of opportunity to see how versatile these honey crèmes can be in your own kitchen!

Mr. B likes LOTS of honey creme on his cheese!

Here is how you enter:


Mandatory entry:

Leave me a comment telling me if you are entertaining this holiday season or if you are celebrating at your family’s or friend’s home.

Extra Entries:

Here are 2 additional ways that you can enter:

1. Follow @bunkycooks on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.  Leave a comment here indicating that you are now a follower and a fan. If you are already, you can leave a comment saying you are.

2. Follow @HoneyRidgeFarms on Twitter  and become a fan of on Facebook. Leave a comment here indicating that you are now a follower and a fan. If you are already, you can leave a comment saying you are.

*** Please be sure to leave separate comments!  I will count one comment as one entry.  Thank you! ***

This giveaway ends at 5 pm EST on Wednesday December 21, 2011.

I will notify the winner by email. Please get back to me with your shipping information within 48 hours or I will choose another winner

Regretfully, this package can only be shipped to a winner in the Continental U.S.  I apologize to my readers that live anywhere outside the U.S.

Good luck!

Here are some other recipes using Honey Ridge Farms products:

Rosemary Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs with Prosciutto

Grilled Chicken Salad with Fire Roasted Chile Honey Dressing

Spiced Honey Ice Cream

Honey Sazerac

Sanguine Sling


Mexican Hot Chocolate and Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


For Mexican Hot Chocolate (1-2 servings)
2 cups whole milk
2 ounces Mexican Chocolate (I use Taza stone ground and organic)
1 tablespoons Honey Creme Spiced
pinch salt
Freshly whipped cream
Shaved chocolate

For Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce:
1/2 cup Honey Creme Cranberry
1/4 cup water
1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
1 whole orange, seeded and medium chopped (Be sure to scrub the orange well if it is not organic since you are using the peel)
3 to 4 tablespoons Grand Marnier, to taste


For Mexican Hot Chocolate:
1. Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a heavy medium saucepan, combine milk, chocolate, salt and honey cream. Heat, stirring frequently, over medium-low heat, with a whisk, until chocolate has melted and the milk is very hot, about 10 minutes.

2. Pour hot chocolate into a tall mug or 2 smaller cups. Top with freshly whipped heavy cream. Garnish with shaved chocolate. Serve Immediately.

For Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce:
1. Combine the honey creme and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and orange. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or until cranberries have burst and orange pieces are tender.

2. Add the Grand Marnier, to taste, and cook a few minutes more to incorporate the flavors. Let the mixture cool. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate before serving. This is best served the same day.

63 Responses to “Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate and Honey Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 14, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    I’m celebrating in Costa Rica this year! So, I won’t be entertaining :)

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    Jamie — December 14, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    Mmmm I want one of those Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolates with whipped cream! Wow luscious! And love cheese with a sweet accompaniment like honey or jam. Beautiful! We are not entertaining, rather just having family holidays with the boys. Which is how we love it! But we always do prepare a special feast.

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    Jamie — December 14, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    I follow you on Twitter ha ha ha you know it!

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    Jamie — December 14, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    And I do like you on Facebook!

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    Toni — December 14, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    These all look so yummy! I will be using them in my Holiday entertaining! Thanks!

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    The Mom Chef — December 14, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    I must have missed the line about the giveaway when I started reading, because as soon as I saw that jar of sauce, I thought to myself how much I wanted one. Happy dances ensued when I read on and saw it was actually possible!

    If I was a chocolate, I’d be all over the Mexican hot chocolate because I love things kicked up a little. It looks delicious. It’s hard to take my mind off the cheese dripping with that apricot honey sauce though. Regarding Christmas, I’ll be hosting at my mom’s house, if that makes sense. We’re going up there, but I’ll be cooking to keep as much stress off her as possible. :)

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    The Mom Chef — December 14, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Oh, and yes, I already have been following you on facebook! I think twitter too, but I’ll have to go check (and I don’t mind not having the third entry for it).

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    MaryAnnC — December 14, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I’m a facebook fan!

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    MaryAnnC — December 14, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Thi year will be different. My side of the family is 3 hours away so we will go celebrate the holidays with them in January. My husbands mother is ill and has to get special care outside the home and she says she’s sick of being inside so for Christmas she wants to go out to a restaurant. So my immediate family will have our Christmas meal on Christmas Eve and the restaurant meal on Christmas Day with my inlaws.

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    Danielle — December 14, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I’m celebrating at my mom’s house Christmas Eve and then I’ll cook a Christmas breakfast the next morning. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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    Shewanna — December 14, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    We’re going to New Hampshire to spend Christmas with my in-laws. Good thing I love them!!

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    Ronnie Campbell — December 14, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Lovely, Gwen. Can you suggest wines to go with the Manchego…maybe a Cava? White or Rose?

    • Gwen replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      Hi Ronnie,

      Yes, Cava is a good choice. Reisling is another nice option. If you prefer a red wine, Rioja would be good with the cheese as well.


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    Jacqui — December 14, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    We are entertaining at our house for Christmas this year!! We usually do and it is always a lot of work but tons of fun!

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    Jacqui — December 14, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    I already follow @bunkycooks on Twitter and am a fan on Facebook

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    Jacqui — December 14, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    I now follow @HoneyRidgeFarms on Twitter and just became a fan of on Facebook

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    Rachel — December 14, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    I’m going to have a cookie party with my high school buddies.

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    Marg — December 14, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    I’m your fan on facebook!!!

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    Marg — December 14, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    I’m now a fan of Honey Ridge Farms too!

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    Marg — December 14, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    I’m so wishing I had the ingredients for the hot chocolate right this minute. I’m having chocolate cravings.

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    kb — December 14, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    We will celebrate with family away. Like the recipe for the hot chocolate!

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    kb — December 14, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I am a FAN

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    Jennifer Simmons — December 14, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    I am hosting Christmas and so excited! We just bought a house that will fit our whole family!!

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    Beverly Fields — December 14, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    We will be in Colorado for Christmas with our family but plan to do some entertaining and lots of eating…. Am planning on making the cranberry sauce and cheese with anything yummy on it is my kind of food. Goat cheese warmed with honey is really good with toasted bread I had this in Belgium several years ago and have been hooked ever since.

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    Sherry LYKINS — December 14, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    Just entertaining huband and kids this year!

  25. 25

    Tanya — December 14, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Hoping for a quiet cozy day at home. With lots of good food, of course.

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    Nelly Rodriguez — December 14, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    We’re planning on spending the holidays at home, not with family, but with friends! Hoping to host a fun holiday cookie party soon!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — December 14, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    I like you on FB and follow on Twitter!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — December 14, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    I like Honey Ridge on FB and follow them on Twitter

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    Susan in the Boonies — December 14, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    We’ll be celebrating at home! Maybe with homemade ice cream!

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    Susan in the Boonies — December 14, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and am your fan on Facebook.

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    Susan in the Boonies — December 14, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    I am now following Honey Ridge Farms on Twitter and am a fan on Facebook.

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    domestic diva — December 14, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    We’re hosting a huge family gathering at our place. I’m so excited!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 14, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    We’re staying home for the actual holiday but going away just before and just after to visit family and vacation a little…

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 14, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    I already follow you on Facebook and Twitter!

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    Meighan @ Cooking With Abandon — December 14, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    we are going on a cruise with the in-laws, so no real cooking for me this year!

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    Mb — December 14, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    entertaining just immediate family at home!

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    susitravl — December 14, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    Celebrating with friends and family members homes this year – no hostessing for me for the first time in 30+ years!

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    Jane Nellums — December 15, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    Our son will be here from NYC and my 86 yr old Mother from Florida. We feel
    blessed to have them both for the holidays. Let the meal planning begin!!!!!
    I will use several of your recipes during the week!
    I read every post!
    Merry Christmas,

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    vianney — December 16, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    We are celebrating at home, but are hosting mini parties along the way with friends. love your mexican chocolate, one of my fav this time of year!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 17, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Is there anything more wonderful this time of year than hot chocolate? I really don’t think there is. This and the cranberry sauce look fabulous!

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    Jackie W — December 17, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    We will be celebrating at relatives this year.

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    Jackie W — December 17, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I am following you on twitter and facebook.

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    Jackie W — December 17, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    I am now following @HoneyRidgeFarms on Twitter and became a fan of on Facebook.

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    Sheila Shapley — December 18, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I just Stumbled Upon your blog. This year was our year to have all the children and grandchildren home for Thanksgiving. We will be celebrating at home for Christmas but with only the in-town children.

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    Sheila Shapley — December 18, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    I have now become a fan of yours on facebook.

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    Sheila Shapley — December 18, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    I am now a fan of HoneyRidgeFarms on facebook.

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    Christine @ Fresh Local and Best — December 19, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    I love Taza cocoa and love the idea of using the honey creme in the hot chocolate. I also like your idea of drizzling Apricot honey creme onto the manchego, the contrast of sweet and salty must be delicious.

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    Christine @ Fresh Local and Best — December 19, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    I am already a fan on facebook.

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    Christine @ Fresh Local and Best — December 19, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    I am also already a fan on twitter.

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    Sue Kipp — December 19, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    I am a fan on facebook. We had a Christmas tree trimming party, my husband’s office party, will do a seven fishes Cmas eve and host Christmas dinner for the family

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    Monet — December 19, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    I’m celebrating at my parent’s house, but I know we’ll all be chipping in! Thank you for whetting my appetite with this sauce, cheese and hot chocolate. Now I don’t want to go to work, I just want to get in the kitchen and cook! I hope you have a blessed week, my friend!

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    Purabi Naha — December 20, 2011 @ 3:15 am

    This looks so yummy! Grand Marnier will definitely add to the taste! Bookmarked!!

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    starre — December 20, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    love all things honey. We will be having prime rib dinner at my aunt and uncles home. YUMMMM

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    starre — December 20, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    i like you on facebook:o)

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    Christopher Sorel — December 20, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    celebrating with family and making most of the dinner myself

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    Christopher Sorel — December 20, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    follow oyu on twitter @cjsorel

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    Christopher Sorel — December 20, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    follow HoneyRidgeFarms on facebook

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    Simply Tia — December 20, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    First off, your photos are gorgeous! I love the cranberry sauce and the hot chocolate looks rich and delicious.

    Now I’m not sure if I’m doing this right (as in do I need to make a separate comment?) Oh well…this Christmas, my husband (a Marine) is stationed 13 hours from his family and my family lives in the Caribbean so it will just be me and him and our apartment this Christmas. Fun!

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    Carmen — December 20, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    We’re spending Christmas at the in-laws where my mother-in-law will cook a huge feast for us. I’ll just help with cleanup after.

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    Rachel R. — December 20, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    We’ll be celebrating at our in-laws house this year.

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    Gianna — December 21, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    Celebrating at home with family.

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    Rosa — February 9, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I love the way mexican chocolate melts. I think it’s the purest form of chocolate and one of the best ways to enjoy it.

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