- Some very "HOT" Cross Buns

New hot Hot Cross Buns have been leaving customers rather cross

M&S has released a new flavour of Hot Cross Bun that has customers up in arms over its controversial taste...

1y ago

When it comes to hot cross buns, I'm not really a traditionalist. I like a bit of variety to my buns, and given that supermarkets seem to start selling them earlier and earlier each year, the variety on offer means that you can enjoy them for longer without them getting dull.

If you fancy mixing things up, we've got a flavour for everyone, from salted caramel and chocolate to Kentish bramley apple and orange marmalade.

I've tried and enjoyed many of the varieties on offer and by and large there's not really a dud one out there. I've also found that some crispy bacon in between a buttery toasted hot cross bun is a delight (Cheers Gracie for the tip off on that one!). But have Marks and Spencer taken things a step too far with their new flavour?

Their new "hot cross yums" – as they've put it – are chilli and cheese buns. And lots of people seem rather put out by this. I can't for the life of me figure out why. Essentially it's just a chilli and cheese brioche bun with a cross on top, which sounds perfectly fine taste wise?

The buns are flavoured with West Country Cheddar, caramelised and fried onions, peppers, spices and a dash of hot sauce. Which to me sounds quite brilliant really, and would go perfectly with some bacon and a blob of brown sauce, or a chilli jam if you want an extra bit of kick.

Maybe it's just the concept of messing with a British Easter-time staple? I didn't think that this would cause such an outrage, but it seems that messing with the formula for a hot cross bun so severely is like punching someone's sainted mother. I mean how bad can the resulting baked good be? I think this calls for another taste test? I'll go buy some of these controversial crossed buns and find out what they are like.

What do you think about this change to the norm? Let me know in the comments.

What to look for, or look to avoid, depending on your stance on this debacle.

What to look for, or look to avoid, depending on your stance on this debacle.

In the meantime, check out this video of FoodTribe's very own James May lobbing hot cross buns at the good people of Abingdon.

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Comments (13)

  • I like those a lot. I could eat those year round.

      1 year ago
    • Same, they are phenomenal, but only having them at/around Easter makes them that bit more special, which I like.

        1 year ago
    • It is the same here, only available for Easter, and yes I agree. But I’d still have it year round. Maybe I’ll have to put some in the the freezer, just won’t be as good. Ok I’ll wait just like everyone else then... rats!!!

        1 year ago
  • I think I would quite like to run a home baking thing.

    It would be fun to have the smell of fresh baked bread and buns wafting around the suburbs.

    So I guess I may have to plant wheat in the back yard.

    And maybe some corn.

    I've got blackberries and fruit trees along the fence, with peas beans, parsley thyme, mint and basil.

    So I could eventually make home made blackberry jam on toast, and pesto on toast too.

      1 year ago
    • Absolute goals. I’m planning on experimenting with my less than superb combi oven to see how well it’ll bake. If it’s good, expect to see some homemade baked goods on here!

        1 year ago
  • When I bake buns , they aren't cross, they are instead, emotionally peaceful.

      1 year ago
  • Terrible. Experimentation with hot cross bun taste is free, with one rule. They should be sweet.

    BTW the best way to have a hot cross bun is with a scoop of icecream in it.

      1 year ago