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The Best Hot Cross Buns Have Been Ranked And It's Bad News If You're Gluten-Free

It's a battle of the buns so who came out on top?

It's serious business when it comes to deciding which hot cross buns are worthy of your taste buds.

With so many bakeries and supermarkets selling them, as well as the variety of flavours available to choose from, no one wants to risk getting a bad bun.

Luckily, consumer watchdog Choice have done all of the hard (read: tasty) work for us. Their team blind taste tested 15 hot cross buns across a number of varieties: including traditional fruit, choc chip and gluten free.

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A number of major supermarket chains such as Coles, Woolworths and Aldi as well as bakery chains Bakers Delight, Brumby's were put to the test. If you happen to have a membership to Costco, their buns were also sampled too.

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However according to Choice, consumers can't go past a traditional fruit hot cross bun as their favourite. So which is the best? The below products each stored 70 percent or more in taste testing:

The best fruit hot cross buns

1. Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Score: 78 percent

"Good size and shape. Thin cross piping. Good glaze and fruit distribution. Nice and soft. Crumb colour is appealing. Lots of spices in dough giving great flavour."

2. Woolworths Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Score: 72 percent

"Texture is nice and soft. Good colour for baked dough. Good aroma."

3. Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Score: 71 percent

"Good, even colour, evenly proportioned cross to dough. Moist, soft texture. Sultanas evenly distributed and plump. Soft fruit gives a good mouthfeel."

4. Aldi Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Score: 71 percent

"Soft fruit. Good aroma. Great cross piping. A good tasting hot cross bun!"

Following these came Costco's Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns at 69 percent and Brumby's Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns at 61 percent.

The best chocolate chip hot crossed buns

1. Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

Score: 82 percent

"Lots of choc pieces evident, and evenly distributed. Good thin cross, even size and shape. Nice spice aroma. Good moist, soft texture. Good flavour!"

2. Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Score: 77 percent

"Good cocoa colour in the crumb. Lots of choc pieces. Strong chocolate aroma. Moist texture. Flavour is nice and the crust texture is good."

3. Woolworths Hot Cross Buns with Cadbury Milk Chocolate Chips

Score: 74 percent

"Good cross piping. Very soft, moist texture. Good chocolate flavour in the bun dough, although chocolate pieces mainly on edges and not evenly through mix."

Following these came Aldi's Bakers Life Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns at 68 percent and Brumby's Double Choc Hot Cross Buns at 62 percent.

The best gluten-free hot cross buns

Overall, gluten-free buns sadly scored poorly when taste tested, all four versions tested not scoring well. But when you can't eat gluten, having an option there might be better than nothing, right?

Both Coles' Gluten Free Fruit Hot Cross Buns and Woolworths' Free From Gluten Choc Hot Cross Buns only scored 56 percent.

Of the bottom of the bunch were Woolworths' Free From Glutent Fruit Hot Cross Buns at 53 percent while Coles' Gluten Free Chocolate Hot Cross Buns were the worst of the lot and the only to score under 50 percent, at 49 percent.

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Vegan hot cross bun options

If you happen to be vegan or are fasting for lent, the following options are suitable for you to enjoy:

  • Aldi Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns
  • Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
  • Brumby's Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
  • Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
  • Costco Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
  • Woolworths Free From Gluten Fruit Hot Cross Buns
  • Woolworths Free From Gluten Choc Hot Cross Buns
  • Woolworths Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

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