Lightly grease 6 mini loaf pans (6x3-inch) or 2 bundt pans (10-inch).
Combine cranberries and ½ cup sugar; set aside.
In large bowl, combine flour, 1 ½ cups sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Using a fork, beat eggs, orange juice, oil, and orange rind together. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fold in cranberry mixture, chocolate chips, and nuts.
Bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack. For ultimate freshness, keep refrigerated in a covered container or freeze.