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Best supermarket hot cross buns 2020

The olive supermarket awards are here to make your life easier. We’ve selected the very best hot cross buns to ensure a hassle-free Easter celebration

Looking for the best hot cross buns? Check out the best supermarket bakes to buy this year or try our hot cross bun recipe here.

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Click here for the full results of the olive Easter supermarket awards 2020

* Prices correct at time of print


Best classic hot cross bun

Winner: Ocado Gold hot cross buns, £1.50/4 pack

These fragrant buns, with glossy crust and sticky texture, are tightly packed with plump fruit. Great plain or toasted and slathered with salty butter.

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A packet with four golden hot cross buns

Best alternative hot cross bun

Winner: Co-op Irresistible limited edition Bramley apple and cinnamon hot cross buns, £1.35/4 pack

Sharp Bramley apple contrasts with sweet dough in these subtly spiced buns. Great if you want classic, but with a fruity twist.

A packet filled with four golden hot cross buns

Highly commended: Booths cranberry and orange hot cross buns, £1.50/4 pack

We love the cranberry tang to these hot cross buns, accompanied by a welcome citrus kick.

A packet filled with four golden hot cross buns

How we chose the winners

The olive team chose eight 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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Look out for these olive badges as a mark of excellence:

A pink logo with olive magazine taste test winner written on
A green logo with the words olive magazine taste test highly commended