See the results of our 2019 Easter Taste Awards to find out which supermarket hot cross buns should be on your shopping list this year. We tested traditional, flavoured and gluten-free varieties.
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Supermarkets are getting more and more inventive in terms of flavours, shapes and sizes, with varieties like chocolate, cheese, brioche and sourdough hitting the shelves. We blind-tasted products across three categories: traditional, gluten-free and flavoured.
Find out the results of our taste test below, and visit our Easter Taste Awards hub page for more handy information, including the winners of our chocolate Easter egg categories.
Please note that some of these products are only available to buy in store and not online.
Best traditional hot cross buns
M&S luxury hot cross buns
The clear winner of this round, these buns are sticky, perfectly spiced and packed with juicy fruit. The texture is light and not at all stodgy. They also have a picture-perfect finish thanks to the super-glossy glaze and evenly piped crosses. Buy from M&S (£1.50)
Aldi Specially Selected luxury fruited hot cross buns
These bargain buns have a beautiful, buttery flavour. The fruit is well distributed throughout the dough and the level of spicing is just right. Buy from Aldi (99p)
Morrisons The Best extra fruity hot cross buns
Our judges loved the somewhat savoury, ever-so-slightly salty flavour of these buns, which also have a buttery aroma. The texture is enjoyably squidgy and the fruit juicy and plump. Buy from Morrisons (£1.50)
Best gluten-free hot cross buns
Tesco Free From hot cross buns
This round was a real mixed bag. We found these Tesco buns were the most similar to a traditional hot cross bun. We liked the subtle spicing, light texture and even distribution of plump, juicy fruit. Buy from Tesco (£2)
M&S Made Without Wheat hot cross buns
Much darker in colour than the other buns in this category, these hot cross buns scored highly on the juicy fruit quota – our panel described them as reminiscent of malt loaf. They're a robust bun with a savoury element and wholemeal heartiness. Buy from M&S (£2.40)
Best flavoured hot cross buns
M&S salted caramel & chocolate hot cross buns
Described by one judge as ‘outrageous’, these decadent, super-soft buns are generously filled with rich caramel and dark chocolate chips. They pack a mean punch in the flavour stakes and are even in shape with a luscious texture. They'd be even more luxurious toasted and served with ice cream, but they're a delight eaten straight from the packet. Buy from M&S (£1.50)
Booths chocolate & ginger hot cross buns
These Booths buns were one of the most unique products in the taste test. They have an intense ginger flavour and are packed with chocolate. They're so good, they don't even need toasting. One for flavour adventurers. Buy from Booths (£1.50)
Lidl very berry hot cross buns
These pink-hued buns are almost doughnutty in flavour. They're tall in stature thanks to a good rise in the dough. They were described by one judge as 'independent bakery standard'. The flavour is slightly sharp and the tart fruit offsets the sweetness. Buy from Lidl (99p)
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