Hot cross bun taste test: Which high street brand should you buy?

We taste test the best hot cross buns the high street has to offer...

With Easter just around the corner, there’s plenty of great food to look forward to.

While many will weigh up which is the best Easter egg to give, we turned our attention to our favourite Easter treat.

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To help you decide which are the best, we’ve toasted and tested all the big brands to decide which are the best of the best.

Betty’s Large Hot Cross Bun, £5.75


Why have a pack of hot cross bun when you can have one giant one?

The size of the bun means it looks a little more like a Christmas pannetone and has that fresh out of the oven appearance.

The smell is mouth-watering, the texture is not at all dry and the taste is perfect.

Rating: 9/10

Ocado Gold Hot Cross Buns, £1.50 for 4


The appearance of these hot cross buns is enticing, as is the smell – fruity and tempting.

They are soft and a delight to eat. They taste like they were made with the finest ingredients.

Our taste tester even said they one of the tastiest they’d ever tried.

Rating: 10/10

Riverford Baker Toms Hot Cross Buns, £3.15 for 4

While these buns have a glossy shine to them and a cushiony soft texture when you bite in, but are let down by the taste.

They’re not as fruity as others we’ve tried.

Rating: 6/10

Waitrose Spicy And Plump Richly Fruited Hot Cross Buns, £1.69 for 4


If it’s a traditional hot cross bun you’re after, look no further.

They look plump, smell sweet and taste fruity.

Rating: 9/10

Roberts Hot Cross Fun Buns


Roberts hot cross buns smelt lovely but the texture was a little on the stodgy side and there weren’t as many raisins as hoped.

The taste was good but they were billed as fun buns but there was no additional fun involved. This was a disappointing discovery.

Rating: 7/10

Marks & Spencer Finest Hot Cross Buns, £1.70 for 4


These uniform buns are plump and fruity.

They taste sweet and have a good texture and are overall good hot cross buns.

Rating: 7/10

Asda Extra Special Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns, £1.20 for 4

Asda hot cross buns

With an inviting smell of fruit and spices, and a thick texture, these buns are our joint winners.

They have all the traditional characteristics of hot cross buns and taste as though they were made with high quality ingredients.

Rating: 10/10

Morrison's The Best Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns, £1 for 4


If we're being petty, the crosses on some of the buns we tried were a little wonky.

Overall though, they're a classic hot cross bun with a thick texture. There is however, a slight overpowering orange taste.

Rating: 8/10

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