With Easter fast approaching, Australian consumer experts have put popular hot cross buns to the test to find which tastes best.
As supermarkets and bakeries sell their own versions of the spiced sweet rolls, ranging from traditional and chocolate to apple and cinnamon, shoppers can be so spoilt for choice.
But to help you make the right choice, a panel of food experts from CHOICE have offered their verdict following a blind tasting after sampling varieties from Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Bakers Delight.
The buns were rated on flavour, appearance, aroma and texture.
Of the 21 hot cross buns tested, Coles’ chocolate-flavoured variety ($3.50 for a pack of six) came out on top after scoring a credible 84 per cent, beating rivals on flavour and value, which costs just 58 cents per roll.
With Easter fast approaching, Australian consumer experts have put popular hot cross buns to the test to find which tastes best (pictured of Coles’ chocolate hot cross buns voted best)
And the winners are: Coles’ traditional fruit hot cross buns (left) came second, while Aldi (centre) and Bakers Delight (right) also rounded up the top three traditional fruit hot cross buns
Revealed: The top 10 hot cross buns
1. Coles Chocolate: $3.50
2. Coles Traditional Fruit: $3.50
3. Aldi Specially Selected Traditional Fruit: $2.99
4. Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit: $8
5. Bakers Delight Choc Chip: $8
6. Woolworths Cadbury Chocolate: $3.50
7. Sonoma Fruit & Spice: $5
8. Aldi Bakers Life Fruit: $2.99
9. Woolworths Apple & Cinnamon: $3.50
10. Aldi Bakers Life Chocolate: $2.99
Coles’ traditional fruit hot cross buns ($3.50 for a pack of six) came in at second place with a score of 80 per cent.
‘Coles was clearly the winner in our testing this year, with their hot cross buns coming first in both the chocolate and traditional fruit categories,’ Choice food journalist Rachel Clemons said.
Andy Mossop, Coles general manager for bakery, deli and seafood, said the supermarket was delighted with the blind taste test results, proving that the chain has the best buns this Easter.
‘It’s testament to our hardworking bakers and teams who come into work each day kneading the perfect mix to create our mouth-watering buns for our customers to enjoy this Easter,’ he said.
‘Our award-winning traditional hot cross buns continue to have the highest percentage of 100 per cent Aussie fruit of 27 per cent in each individual bun, making them extra plump and juicy.’
Aldi’s Specially Selected traditional fruit ($2.99 for a four-pack) came third after scoring 79 per cent.
Known as the most expensive hot cross buns on the market, Bakers Delight traditional fruit ($8 for a six-pack) came fourth with a score of 78 per cent.
Andy Mossop, Coles general manager for bakery, deli and seafood, said the supermarket was delighted with the blind taste test results, proving that the chain has the best buns this Easter
Best hot cross buns on the market
Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE rating: 84%
Price: $0.58 per bun ($3.50 6-pack)
Good to know: The buns contain 25% milk chocolate chips with an additional 3% cocoa powder, so they’re the most chocolate-y of the buns we tested.
Experts verdict: ‘Great appearance, domed and tall. Bouncy, soft texture. Good, chocolatey aroma. Moist. Good chocolate hit – lots of choc chips evident. Easy eating product.’
Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE rating: 80%
Price: $0.58 per bun ($3.50 per 6-pack)
Good to know: The on-pack country of origin label states that these buns are made from at least 95% Australian ingredients, the highest percentage of local ingredients of all products on test. At 27%, these buns also contain the most fruit.
Experts verdict: ‘Even cross, good colour, shiny! Bouncy texture. Quite a lot of fruit. Great balanced mouth feel and flavour. A nice hot cross bun (despite its slightly odd shape). I like it.’
Aldi Specially Selected Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE rating: 79%
Price: $0.75 per bun ($2.99 per 4-pack)
Good to know: This is the premium tier of traditional fruit hot cross buns from Aldi
Experts verdict: ‘Attractive bun, well made dough, it gives when squeezed and bounces back. Well baked. Good texture and distribution of fruit. Good size and shape with an even cross. Great balance of flavour. Intense ginger aroma.’
Bakers Delight Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
CHOICE rating: 78%
Price: $1.33 per bun ($8.00 per 6-pack)
Good to know: Buns are $1.70 each if you buy them individually, but are discounted to $1.33 each if you buy them as a 6-pack.
Experts verdict: ‘This product represents a typical hot cross bun. Good shape and size and texture inside and out. Great aroma. Nicely proven. Quite savoury, slightly salty.’
Bakers Delight choc chip ($8 for a six-pack) scored 75 per cent, followed by Woolworths Cadbury Chocolate ($3.50 for a pack of six) with 74 per cent and Sonoma Fruit & Spice ($5 for a four-pack) with 72 per cent.
Rounding up the top 10, Aldi Bakers Life Fruit ($2.99 for a six-pack) received 70 per cent, followed by Woolworths Indulgent Apple & Cinnamon ($3.50 for a four-pack) and Aldi Bakers Life Chocolate Chip with 67 per cent ($2.99 for six-pack).
The blind tasting test was set up in the Choice kitchen lab. The three food experts were provided with the hot cross bun samples in a randomised order, which was different for each judge.
‘Our experts have over 80 years experience in the food industry between them, so they’re the perfect people to test out these Easter treats,’ Ms Clemons explained.
The experts ‘independently’ judged all hot cross bun products, with the rating made up of flavour (50 per cent), appearance (20 per cent), aroma (15 per cent) and texture (15 per cent).
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News