Taste test: Chocolate hot cross buns

Felt the need to do a taste test between these two. Because I can. Marks and Spencer toffee fudge and chocolate hot cross buns versus Ocado chocolate hot cross buns. Game on. Step up. Bring it.

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Price

The Ocado ones are two packs of four for £2.20.

The Marks and Spencer ones are two packs of four for £2.50. However, the M&S ones are slightly larger and thicker.

So that’s probably a draw.

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Appearance

I quite like the dark chocolate colour of the Ocado buns. But most of my pack had whizzed under the cross-squirting device at speed coz their crosses were off-centre. Only one had a proper cross on top. And it was hard to see the chocolate chips inside coz they were the same colour as the bun. Most displeasing.

The M&S ones had an even distribution of chocolate chips and a good sticky glaze on top.

M&S wins.

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And so to the toasting. Phwooaaaar! Look at the rack on that!

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Taste

Down to the nitty gritty. Taste.

The Ocado bun was lovely and soft. The chocolate chips had gone all warm and gooey. I couldn’t taste any spices or much chocolate in the bun itself. Husband disagreed and thought it was very chocolatey.

The M&S bun was very sweet. I could taste the chocolate and the fudge and the spices. Husband disagreed and thought it wasn’t very chocolatey.

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Conclusion

I am aware that many of you believe chocolate in hot cross buns are sacrilege. Boo yah sucks to you all. I’m not Christian (does that make any difference?!). I don’t like dried fruit – raisins, sultanas, currants, p-p-peel (blurgh). I’ve had many Christmases without pudding, cake or mince pies, and Easters without hot cross buns or Simnel cake. So I for one rejoice in the dirty heathen chocolate alternative. So there.

Back to the business at hand, I preferred the M&S bun. Husband preferred the Ocado bun. It’s a draw! So that was utterly pointless. Apart from the fact I got to eat yummy toasty hot cross buns. All in the name of science, of course.

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7 thoughts on “Taste test: Chocolate hot cross buns

  1. tiasmum12 April 19, 2014 at 09:05 Reply

    Such a hard life you lead now you’re a blogger Lucy!
    Love this post, I didn’t know such delights excisted, *head in sand clearly*

    • The Pie Patch April 19, 2014 at 09:27 Reply

      They weren’t freebies sadly. Had to buy them myself with actual money. It’s a sacrifice I am prepared make for my readers. Hahaha! 😉

      • tiasmum12 April 19, 2014 at 10:01

        Lol I knew that! I meant the trouble of having to taste test them for us must have been hardwork! 😉 xx

      • The Pie Patch April 19, 2014 at 10:09

        It’s a struggle. I just don’t know how I carry on, some days!

      • tiasmum12 April 19, 2014 at 10:11

        Hmm yes, I can imagine. *pats head and offers a shoulder to cry on*

  2. stellabranch April 19, 2014 at 17:33 Reply

    I did buy M&S Hot Cross Buns, but I’m a traditionalist…no chocolate buns for me! They were delicious!

    • The Pie Patch April 19, 2014 at 17:42 Reply

      I do buy traditional for The Husband & kids. It’s just me who doesn’t like them! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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