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Last updated: 14 March 2022


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We blind taste test and review 23 bakery and supermarket hot cross buns (including four gluten-free products) from Aldi, Bakers Delight, Coles, Costco, IGA and Woolworths to find the best for your table this Easter.

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How we test

How we test


We test hot cross bun products available in major supermarket chains, a bakery chain and membership warehouse Costco. The traditional fruit, apple & cinnamon and chocolate products are tested separately. Price is for pack size specified and bought in Sydney stores (not on special).


Our experts taste the hot cross bun samples 'blind' (without knowing the brands) in a randomised order, which is different for each expert.


Experts independently judge all hot cross bun products. The CHOICE Expert Rating is made up of flavour (50%), appearance (20%), aroma (15%) and texture (15%). We recommend products with a CHOICE Expert Rating of 70% or more.

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List of brands we tested in this review.


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    Pack price in Sydney bakeries and supermarkets (not on special) at time of testing.

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    We tested traditional fruit, apple & cinnamon and chocolate hot cross buns.

      Gluten free

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      Gluten free claim on the label


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        No ingredients are of animal origin.


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            • Vegan
            • Brioche
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            • Protein/100g (g)
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            • Sugars/100g (g)
            • Sodium/100g (mg)
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