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Hot cross buns put to the test! Experts try the popular Easter snacks from supermarkets

With Easter just over a month away, the supermarket shelves fill themselves with delicious hot sandwiches before the holidays.

But because each store offers its own version of the spiced sweet bun, it can be difficult to know which one will taste the best.

Consumer organization Choice has put hot cross buns such as Bakers Delight, Coles, Woolworths and Aldi to the test to find out which one has the best Easter rewards.

So which hot cross bread do you have to toast this Easter?

Choice has put hot cross buns such as Bakers Delight, Coles, Woolworths and Aldi to the test to find out which is the best - Bakers Delight came up (photo)

Choice has put hot cross buns such as Bakers Delight, Coles, Woolworths and Aldi to the test to find out which is the best – Bakers Delight came up (photo)

Coles came in third place with a score of 71 percent in the tasting – they were praised for having a “good, even color and evenly crossed to dough” (photo)

The warm cross buns were tasted 'blind' and then assessed for taste, appearance, aroma and texture (Bakers Delight pictured)

The warm cross buns were tasted 'blind' and then evaluated for taste, appearance, aroma and texture (Bakers Delight pictured)

The warm cross buns were tasted ‘blind’ and then evaluated for taste, appearance, aroma and texture (Bakers Delight pictured)

To test the hot cross buns, Choice enlisted the help of various expert taste testers, including a Le Cordon Bleu teacher, a baker and a former food consultant.

How were the warm cross buns arranged?

* Taste – 50 percent

* Appearance – 20 percent

* Aroma – 15 percent

* Texture – 15 percent

The warm cross-bread samples were tasted blind and then evaluated for taste (50%), appearance (20%), aroma (15%) and texture (15%).

The top hot cross bread came from Bakers Delight.

Their Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns, $ 7.50 for six, received a score of 78 percent from the gourmets.

You can also buy them separately for $ 1.50 each.

“These have a good size and shape,” the experts said.

“Thin cross tubes. Good distribution of frosting and fruit. Nice and soft. The crumb color is attractive. Many spices in dough give a lot of taste. “

Woolworths' Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns came in second, $ 3.50 for six, with 72 percent in the vote (photo)

Woolworths' Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns came in second, $ 3.50 for six, with 72 percent in the vote (photo)

Coles was third (photo) in the taste test of the experts

Coles was third (photo) in the taste test of the experts

Woolworths’ Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns was in second place, $ 3.50 for six, with 72 percent in the vote (left), while Coles (right) came in third

Woolworths’ Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns was in second place, $ 3.50 for six, with 72 percent in the vote.

The judges said that the warm Crossies from Woolies had a ‘nice and soft’ texture, as well as a ‘good aroma’ and ‘good color for baked dough’.

Not far behind was Coles’ Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns, $ 3.50 for six, which received 71 percent in tasting.

“These have a good, uniform color and a proportional cross with dough,” the experts say.

“There is a moist, soft texture. The raisins are evenly distributed and plump. Soft fruit gives a good mouthfeel. “

Rounding out the top four were Aldi's Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns, $ 2.99 for six, who also scored 71 percent (photo)

Rounding out the top four were Aldi's Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns, $ 2.99 for six, who also scored 71 percent (photo)

Rounding out the top four were Aldi’s Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns, $ 2.99 for six, who also scored 71 percent (photo)

Rounding out the top four were Aldi’s Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns, $ 2.99 for six, who also scored 71 percent.

The budget range was praised for having ‘soft fruit, a good aroma and great cross tubes’.

“Just a nice warm cross bread!” said the experts.

At the bottom of the table were Costco Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns in fifth place, Brumbys Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns in sixth, Coles Gluten-free Fruit Hot Cross Buns in seventh and Woolworths Free From Gluten Fruit Hot Cross Buns in eighth.

Hot cross buns with chocolate chips were also taste tested this year, with Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross buns, $ 7.50 for six, with 82 percent (photo)

Hot cross buns with chocolate chips were also taste tested this year, with Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross buns, $ 7.50 for six, with 82 percent (photo)

Hot cross buns with chocolate chips were also taste tested this year, with Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross buns, $ 7.50 for six, with 82 percent (photo)

Hot cross buns with chocolate chips were also tasted this year, with Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross buns, $ 7.50 for six, with 82 percent.

Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Buns ($ 3.50 for six) came in second with 77 percent, and defeated Woolworths’ Hot Cross Buns with Cadbury Milk Chocolate Chips ($ 3.50 for six) with 74 percent.

The taste test was conducted in February 2020, with each tester tasting the sandwiches in a random order.

What did Bakers Delight score?

Bakers Delight sandwiches (photo) scored a whopping 78 percent

Bakers Delight sandwiches (photo) scored a whopping 78 percent

Bakers Delight sandwiches (photo) scored a whopping 78 percent

Score: 78%

Price: $ 1.25 per sandwich ($ 7.50 per 6-pack)

Comment: ‘Good size and shape. Thin cross tubes. Good distribution of frosting and fruit. Nice and soft. Crumb color is attractive. Many spices in dough give a lot of taste. “

What did Woolworths score?

Woolworths scored 72 percent and would have a 'nice soft texture' (photo)

Woolworths scored 72 percent and would have a 'nice soft texture' (photo)

Woolworths scored 72 percent and would have a ‘nice soft texture’ (photo)

Score: 72%

Price: $ 0.58 per sandwich ($ 3.50 per 6-pack)

Comment: ‘The texture is nice and soft. Good color for baked dough. Good aroma. “

What did Coles score?

Coles scored 71 percent and would have a 'good, even color' (photo)

Coles scored 71 percent and would have a 'good, even color' (photo)

Coles scored 71 percent and would have a ‘good, even color’ (photo)

Score: 71%

Price: $ 0.58 per sandwich ($ 3.50 per 6-pack)

Comment: ‘Good, even color, evenly distributed into dough. Moist, soft texture. Raisins evenly distributed and plump. Soft fruit gives a good mouthfeel. “

What did Aldi score?

Aldi sandwiches scored 71 percent and would be a 'good tasting sandwich' (photo)

Aldi sandwiches scored 71 percent and would be a 'good tasting sandwich' (photo)

Aldi sandwiches scored 71 percent and would be a ‘good tasting sandwich’ (photo)

Score: 71%

Price: $ 0.50 per sandwich ($ 2.99 per 6-pack)

Comment: “Soft fruit. Good aroma. Great cross tubes. A nice warm cross bread! “

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