Where To Find The Best Hot Cross Buns In 2020

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It would seem that they start to appear in stores the second the clock strikes midnight on Boxing Day, and while a solid four months of hot cross bunnage in supermarkets might seem like overkill, you won’t find us complaining! Whether you’re a classic fruit purist, a fruit-free fan or an avant-garde chocolate chip hot cross bun lover, you can’t argue with the fact that they’re delicious as hell and the perfect snack to ease you through the transition to cooler weather.

Luckily, Australia's leading consumer advocacy group Choice put in the hard yards so we don’t have to. Their intensive ‘taste-test’ study saw members of the public blind-tasting the 'traditional' range of hot cross buns from major supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and Aldi, bakery chains Bakers Delight and Brumby's and membership warehouse Costco to see which buns are best - and the results are in…

Note: the taste score was calculated as an average of all responses, where 'dislike' was scaled at 25, 'like' at 70 and 'love' at 100.

1. Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Scoring 78% on the test, Bakers Delight’s offering are the most popular bun tasted, due to their generous spices in the dough. You can buy them individually for $1.50 a pop if you want to try them out! 

2. Woolworths Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Woolies scored 72% on the Choice taste test (an increase from last year's 66%), this year beating their rival Coles! The experts say this year, "Texture is nice and soft. Good colour for baked dough. Good aroma."

3. Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Made in Australia, these buns dipped this year to score 71% on the Choice taste test thanks to their fruity, spicy goodness!

4. Aldi Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Made in Australia from at least 67% Aussie ingredients, Aldi scored 71% in the Choice taste test, and they also work out as only 50cents per bun—you can’t quibble with that, eh? 

5. Costco Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Coming in hot with packs of 24 (yes, 24!), these buns from Costco scored 69% on the Choice taste test. They’re also the cheapest of the buns sampled—but of course, you need to be a Costco member to get your mitts on ‘em.

6. Brumby’s Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

The most expensive bun in the test and not the greatest scoring, Brumby’s Easter offering scored just 61% in the Choice test!

CHOICE Expert Rating is made up of appearance (20%), aroma (15%), texture (15%) and flavour (50%). For more details see their hot cross buns review.

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