The hot cross bun. Once a decadent indulgence that appeared on store shelves only a few weeks before Easter. Now an almost half yearly sweet, yeasty snack available the day after Christmas. Yes, that’s correct.
Hot cross buns are already available at Coles and Woolworths around Australia.
We’re now three days removed from Christmas, but it appears Woolworths have already thrown their hot cross buns on the shelf for Easter 2018. Today is December 28.
— fred farkle (@fredfarkle11) December 26, 2017
According to one Twitter user they’re even launching a new flavour – ‘Brioche’
— Brianna Travers (@briannatravers) December 13, 2017
Easter Sunday is on April 1, 2018. No joke.
Apparently, the idea that hot cross buns are on shelves a day after Christmas is something of sore point for the various Facebook users that flooded the Coles and Woolworths pages over the last couple of days.
Of course, the same debate happens every year and will likely continue until the heat death of the Earth.
To be honest, I say roll out the hot cross buns as early as you like. Why not just have them out all year? Why do we deprive ourselves of the delicious spiced buns between May and December anyway? Wikipedia tells me they are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
Stuff tradition. Pagan Saxons apparently drew crosses on their buns at the beginning of Spring to honour the god Eostre. We’re constantly taking traditions and making them into whatever we like.
Give me my hot cross buns the second Christmas Day is over, that’s my tradition.
According to one report, the nationwide rollout officially begins on January 2 at Woolworths and January 3 at Coles, but some of the bakers have chosen to get a hop ahead of the competition and really beat the Easter rush.