SERVED hot with lashings of butter, hot cross buns are the perfect Easter treat.
They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday and are decorated with a flour cross that represents the cross Jesus was crucified on.
A survey last year by the Craft Bakers Association said they are the most popular Easter treat, according to three out of four bakers.
As supermarkets rush to bring out new flavours this year, it looks like demand for the snack is set to continue.
Traditional buns should be fluffy, lightly spiced and packed with juicy fruit – so which supermarket serves up the best one?
We asked mum-of-three Lynsey Hope, 41, to taste this years' offerings and share her verdict.
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Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Fruity Hot Cross Buns
- £1.25 for 4
- 32p each
- Calories: 189
Lynsey says: "First time I've tried Sainsbury's buns and they were delicious, loaded with plenty of fruit and not overly spicy.
"They are quite squidgy, in a good way, and were really lovely toasted and slathered in butter."
- TASTE: 7/10
- VALUE: 8/10
- OVERALL SCORE: 7/10
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M&S Food Luxury Fruited Hot Cross Buns
- £2 for 4
- 50p each
- Calories: 220