Aldi and M&S hot cross buns compared and there’s one clear winner

It’s that time of year when there’s no better snack than a toasted hot cross bun with lashings of butter.

However, the big question is – where do you buy them from?

We thought we’d taste test the M&S and the Aldi hot cross buns so you know whether you should pick up the budget option or splash out the extra cash.

However, it really all just comes down to the taste and one definitely came out on top.

Read on for our taste test of two of the most popular hot cross buns on the market.

The Hot Cross Buns

Here are the two different hot cross buns we sampled:

Aldi Luxury Fruited Hot Cross Buns 4pk – 99p

M&S Luxury Hot Cross Buns 4pk – £1.75

Can you taste the difference?

Both of the buns were branded as ‘luxury hot cross buns’ so I was expecting them to be pretty similar – how much difference could there be between the two?

I was quickly proven wrong as you could definitely taste the difference and I was actually quite surprised at how varied they were.

The textures were different, one was sweeter than the other and one was more heavily spiced. These were all aspects I didn’t think I’d pick up on but were really obvious when you didn’t know which was which.

And what surprised me, even more, was that there was definitely one clear winner.

Aldi (left) and M&S (right) hot cross buns sitting currant to currant
(Image: BerkshireLive)

So, which hot cross bun was the best?

Now, both options are definitely tasty – they have both got a lot of sweet fruit in and were delicious toasted with butter.

However, it all came down to the level of spice for me and how that balanced with the other flavours.

Hot cross buns can be flavoured with a bunch of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice.

The M&S one was really punchy on the spice, however, it was the more subtle spicing in the Aldi one that won me over as it balanced better with the sweet fruit and didn’t overpower the bun.

The Aldi version also had a better texture, as it was slightly chewy, and the fruit was also better distributed around the bun than in the M&S one.

As I tried them blind I thought initially that the Aldi version was the M&S one and was shocked when it was revealed that I’d got it wrong.

So if you’re wondering whether to pick up the Aldi or M&S option for Easter Weekend treats then I’d definitely recommend Aldi.

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