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Best supermarket hot cross buns 2022

Published: March 31, 2022 at 1:58 pm

The olive Supermarket Awards 2022 are here to make your life easier. Discover the best shop-bought hot cross buns for Easter, including classic, alternative and vegan options

Looking for the best hot cross buns? Check out our favourite supermarket bakes to buy this year, or try making your own with our hot cross bun recipe. Looking for the best Easter gifts for friends and family this year? We've picked out the best Easter gifts.


Discover the full results of the olive Easter Supermarket Awards 2022, including best luxury luxury Easter eggs and best supermarket Easter eggs.

Best classic hot cross bun

Winner: Asda Extra Special extra fruity hot cross buns (4-pack), £1.50

These winning buns are soft and chewy, with plump fruit and perfect mild spicing.

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Hot cross buns arrange on platters with a knife and tulips in the background

Highly commended: Co-op Irresistible limited edition richly fruited hot cross buns (4-pack), £1.50

This soft bun has a classic bready texture and subtle spice, with a good level of orange zest and plump fruit.

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Highly commended: Booths hot cross buns (4-pack), £1.25

The most 'wholemeal' bun we tried, and the darkest. Expect a bready, less-sweet texture.

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Best alternative hot cross bun

Winner: Booths dark chocolate & ginger hot cross buns (4-pack), £1.50

One for chocolate lovers. These large buns have good-quality chocolate chunks throughout, while the soft dough is lightly spiced with warmth from ginger.

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Highly commended: Waitrose white chocolate and lemon hot cross buns (4-pack), £1.65

One for those who don’t like dried fruit (a hot cross bun with no sultanas!), this is an alternative sweet and indulgent bun, with plenty of zesty lemon flavour.

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Best vegan hot cross bun

Winner: M&S Plant Kitchen luxury hot cross buns (4-pack), £1.75

You wouldn’t know these classic-style buns were vegan. The well-spiced, soft dough is filled with fruit and convinced our judges to go out and buy them again.

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How we chose the winners

The olive team chose nine categories, having researched which products you, our readers, would be most likely to buy this Easter. We invited all the big supermarkets to select the products they wanted to nominate (just one entry per category, so they had to choose carefully). Our expert panel of judges blind-tasted them, rating each on taste, texture and appearance. We then awarded 'winner' and 'highly commended' accolades to our favourites.

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