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M&S issue warning to customers who buy hot cross buns

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Don’t get caught short with this mistake (Picture: Getty)

Nothing screams Easter more than a delectable hot cross bun, but Mark & Spencer’s shoppers might risk turning their mid-morning snack into a hazard if they aren’t careful.

The luxury food and grocery brand has warned customers not to toast their Salted Caramely, Extremely Cheesy, and Extremely Chocolately hot cross buns in the toaster, with a warning on the package reading: ‘This product is not suitable for toasting in a domestic toaster.’

While some hot cross bun brands require toasting, it’s best to steer clear with these ones for two reasons.

Firstly, odd bits like chocolate chips or dark fruit might end up falling into the toaster which can pose a fire risk.

And secondly, the thickness of the buns, which are usually a lot more heavy duty than bread, pose a fire hazard. 

But don’t worry you won’t be left with cold cross buns — just warm them up under the grill instead.

Extremely Chocolatey hot cross buns
M&S Extremely Cheesy hot cross buns
M&S Extremely Caramely hot cross buns

‘We sell 11.1 million packs of hot cross buns every year – that’s one bun every two seconds – and our buns are often named the best in the biz,’ the luxury supermarket said in a quote on their website.

Meanwhile, M&S lead product developer Sandy Tchilinguirian added: ‘Our hot cross buns are made by expert bakers who have a baking heritage stretching over 140 years, and our recipe is a closely guarded secret, so you won’t find these buns in any other supermarket!’

But are these buns worth the potential house fire? Lifestyle reporter Courtney Pochin taste tested both the OG buns and the Extremely Cheesy Hot Cross Buns to find out.

The original buns ended up scoring a 4.5/5, with Courtney saying: ‘This isn’t just any hot cross bun, it’s an M&S hot cross bun, so it won’t come as a surprise to anyone that these are really good.’

‘They’ve got a rich, aromatic taste, that’s rather warming. There’s plenty of fruit packed in there as well, and the texture is beautifully soft. This is definitely the hot cross bun purists.’

Meanwhile, the Really Cheesy bun scored a respectable 4/5, as Courtney noted how the texture was ‘more like a squishy cheese scone than a hot cross bun.’

Needless to say, the food range at Marks & Spencers has been a little hit and miss recently.

While customers are obsessed with the new Percy Pigs (which also introduce a new character, others were more divided by the Chicken Tikka Masala pasta, with reporter Gregory Robinson admitting while the treat was tasty, it was certainly a ‘shock to the system.’



Weird and wonderful hot cross bun flavours

The humble hot cross bun has a lot to offer: it’s sticky and sweet, can be eaten hot or cold, and is elevated with a good portion of butter.

But over the years, this winning formula of mixed spice and sultanas has been transformed.

So if you’re a little bored of a bog-standard bun, why not venture out of your comfort zone with one of these intriguing treats.

  • Aldi’s Specially Selected Salted Caramel & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns – £1.29
  • M&S Extremely Chocolatey Hot Cross Buns – £2
  • Waitrose Chocolate & Orange Hot Cross Buns – £1.85
  • Tesco Finest 4 Red Velvet Hot Cross Buns – £1.60
  • Sainsbury’s Lemon Curd & White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns – £1.25
  • Sainsbury’s Cheese, Tomato & Oregano Hot Cross Buns – £1.25
  • M&S 4 Banoffee Hot Cross Buns – £2

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