Where To Find The Best Hot Cross Buns In 2021

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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 buns 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 lover, you can’t argue with the fact that they’re incredibly delicious and the perfect snack to ease you through the transition to cooler weather.

If you're wondering which are the best hot cross buns in Australia, leading consumer advocacy group Choice deliver their best hot cross buns verdict year after year and 2021 is no exception. Their intensive ‘taste-test’ sees members of the public blind-tasting hot cross buns from major supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and Aldi, bakery chains Bakers Delight and Sonoma and membership warehouse Costco to see which buns are best - and the results for 2021 are in…

Coles Wins Best Hot Cross Buns in Australia!

Coles hot cross buns
I don't know about you but I could really do with a Coles choc chip hot cross bun right about now.


Coles has won the best hot cross buns title in 2 categories! Coles Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns and Coles Fruit Hot Cross Buns are the winners for 2021

Other Winners For Best Hot Cross Buns 2021

Choice Best Hot Cross Buns
Here are the winners across Choice's best hot cross buns test.


If traditional or choc chip aren't your jam, check out the other winners of Choice's 2021 best hot cross buns:

Best Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

1. Coles Traditional Fruit
2. Aldi Specially Selected Traditional Fruit
3. Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit
4. Sonoma Fruit and Spice
5. Aldi Bakers Life Fruit
6. Balfours Fruit
7. Costco Kirkland Signature Traditional
8. Woolworths Traditional Fruit
9. Woolworths Free From Gluten Fruit
10. Coles I'm Free From Gluten, Wheat & Dairy

Best Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

1. Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Bun
2. Bakers Delight Choc Chip
3. Woolworths Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns
4. Aldi Bakers Life Chocolate Chip
5. Coles Chocolate I'm Free From Gluten Wheat & Dairy
6. Sonoma Dark Chocolate
7. Balfours Chocolate Chip
8. Woolworths Free From Gluten Choc Hot Cross Buns

Best Apple and Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns

1. Woolworths Indulgent Apple & Cinnamon
2. Coles Apple and Cinnamon
3. Bakers Delight Apple & Cinnamon

Other Buns to Try

Hot Cross Croissant Banksia Bakehouse
Hot cross croissant, anyone?


It seems the whole of Australia is on the hot cross bun bandwagon this year, so much so that there are a number of hot cross bun creations popping up that you simply have to try! 

We've got Gelato Messina creating an absolutely decadent Hot Cross Bun Snail as part of their Easter Snack Pack, Banksia Bakehouse have mingled croissants and hot cross buns to create the Hot Cross Croissant, and everyone's favourite Taiwanese eatery, Din Tai Fung have created the Hot Cross Bao!

Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung's Hot Cross Bao is filled with decadent molten chocolate.


If you've got more of a savoury than a sweet tooth, you're going to fall in love with Lotus Dining Group's latest offering: BBQ Pork Hot Cross Buns! Available at Chi by Lotus, Lotus Double Bay, The Gardens by Lotus, Madame Shanghai and Lotus The Galeries this Easter long weekend, hot cross bun fans get ready for a sumptuous feast of rich BBQ pork and flaky pastry - yum!

Lotus Dining
We can't wait to try BBQ Pork Hot Cross Buns from Lotus Dining Group!


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