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