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Last updated: 04 March 2021


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We blind taste test and review 21 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 tested 21 hot cross bun products available in major supermarket chains, a bakery chain and membership warehouse Costco. The traditional fruit, apple & cinnamon and chocolate 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 2021.


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 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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    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.

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        No ingredients are of animal origin.

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