THE Easter Bunny is still hunkered down in its winter burrow – but what better to cheer up the gloomy weather than a toasty hot cross bun?
The supermarkets sure think it’s a winner because they are putting the fun in the bun with all sorts of flavours and flogging them although it is only January.
From sticky toffee and Marmite to a taste of pizza, there is no end of choice. But not everyone is happy – some purists fear the traditional currant bun recipe could be crowded out.
Martyn James, at consumer rights company Resolver, told The Grocer magazine: “While there’s nothing wrong with a new taste, our most cherished food traditions must not be replaced.
"The nation would likely get very cross if they couldn’t get proper hot cross buns.”
We asked writer and mum-of-three Lynsey Hope for her verdict on the new buns, and marks out of ten.
SALTED CARAMEL: 8/10
Aldi Specially Selected Salted Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
(£1.19 for four. Per bun, calories: 216, fat: 5.3g, sugar: 8.7g, salt: 0.47g)
NO fruit, but great for chocolate lovers.
The salty caramel blends perfectly with the chocolate and when toasted the buns end up with little pockets of delicious goo inside.
They are quite rich and you will definitely need nothing other than butter with them. Great price, too.
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EXTREMELY CHOCOLATEY: 10/10