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Last updated: 04 March 2020


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We blind taste test and review 15 bakery and supermarket hot cross buns (including four gluten-free products) from Aldi, Bakers Delight, Brumbys, Coles, Costco and Woolworths to find the best for your table this Easter.

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How we test

How we test


We tested 15 hot cross bun products available in major supermarket chains, bakery chains and membership warehouse Costco. The eight traditional fruit and seven choc chip products were tested separately. Price is based on price paid for a six-pack or closest bought in Sydney stores (not on special) in February 2020.


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


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

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    We tested both traditional fruit and chocolate hot cross buns.

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        No ingredients are of animal origin.

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