Experts list the best hot cross buns in Australia

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Hot cross buns have been on the shelves for months now, proving that the delicious dessert isn’t just an Easter treat anymore. 

And now, Choice experts have taste tested 15 supermarket and bakery hot cross buns, both the traditional and chocolate chip variety, to see which ones come out on top. 

Coles, Woolworth, Bakers Delight and Aldi all feature in the test, with the top choice getting an expert rating of 78%,

Best traditional fruit hot cross buns

Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns came out on top. Photo: Choice

1. Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

While hot cross buns come in ever flavour imaginable, the humble traditional fruit hot cross bun from Bakers Delight has come out on top.

Experts gave it a 78% rating, praising the “thin cross piping” and the “spices in the dough giving it great flavour”.

At $1.50 a pop, they can be quite expensive, but if you buy a pack of six, that goes down to $1.25 per bun.

Woolworths Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns were voted in second place. Photo: Choice

2. Woolworths Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Coming in at a respectable second place it the Woolworths Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns, with a 72% rating.

They’re cheap as chops, at $0.58 per bun and experts loved the “good colour and aroma”.

Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns came in joint third place. Photo: Choice

3. Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Coming in joint third place is the Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross buns with a rating of 71%.

Experts pointed out that it’s good to know “these buns are made from at least 95% Australian ingredients” and that they’re “ moist and soft” with an even distribution of the sultanas.

They’re also $0.58 per bun, with a six-pack costing $3.50.

Aldi Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns came in joint third place. Photo: Choice

3. Aldi Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns

Also receiving a 71% rating is Aldi’s Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns.

At $0.50 they’re the second cheapest on the list and come in at $2.99 for a six-pack.

Good things to note are that they’ve a “good aroma and great cross piping”.

Best choc chip hot cross buns 

When it comes to hot cross buns, while the traditional fruit variety trumps them all, there’s no denying the chocolate chip ones are delicious, with the Choice experts giving their top choice an 82% rating.

Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns came out on top. Photo: Choice

1. Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

The Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns were the winner in the best chocolate chip hot cross buns category.

Experts ranked them at 82%, calling them “moist with good flavour” with “lots of choc pieces evident, and evenly distributed”.

They’re priced at $1.25 per bun and $7.50 for a six-pack.

Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Buns came second on Choice's list. Photo: Choice

2. Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

With a 77% expert rating, Coles’ Chocolate Hot Cross Buns are said to have “good cocoa colour in the crumb and lots of choc pieces”.

Experts also said the buns, which come in at $0.58 per bun or $3.40 for a six-pack, have a “strong chocolate aroma and a moist texture”.

Woolworths Hot Cross Buns with Cadbury Milk Chocolate Chips. Photo: Choice

3. Woolworths Hot Cross Buns with Cadbury Milk Chocolate Chips

Coming in at third place in the chocolate hot cross buns category is Woolworths’ Hot Cross Buns with Cadbury Milk Chocolate Chips, with a 74% rating.

Experts call the buns, which come in at $0.58 per bun or $3.50 for a six-pack, “very soft with a moist texture”.

It’s also very worthwhile noting that the chocolate chips in these delicious treats are made by Cabury.

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