Each year it seems like the last trays of mince tarts have barely left supermarket shelves before hot cross buns take their place.
And the family favourite is hot property, with Woolworth alone expected to sell more than 50 million hot cross buns throughout the Easter season.
While traditional fruit buns will once again take pride of place at leading retailers, customer demand has seen an increase in different flavours.
Chocolate chip, fruit-free, apple and cinnamon and dark orange and chocolate are just some of the unique flavours available this year, and social media users have taken it one step further with their own unique twist on the Easter tradition.
Easter favourite: Hot Cross Buns are back on shelves, with traditional fruit the most popular flavour
ALDI and IGA are leading the way when it comes to finding the cheapest buns on shelves this year.
Discount supermarket chain ALDI and IGA are both offering a six pack of tradition buns for $2.99, compared to $3.25 at Woolworths, $3.50 a Coles and $7 for six at Bakers Delight.
Aldi is expected to sell more than 10 million individual buns throughout the season, with the traditional fruit variety the most popular.
COMPARE THE PRICES OF HOT CROSS BUNS AVAILABLE THIS YEAR
Price: $2.99 for six
Bakers Life Fruit Hot Cross Buns 6 Pack, 450g, RRP$2.99
Bakers Life Fruitless Hot Cross Buns 6 Pack, 410g, RRP$2.99
Bakers Life Mini Fruit Hot Cross Buns 9 Pack, 450g, RRP$2.99
Bakers Life Mini Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns 9 Pack, 450g, RRP$2.99
PRICE: $2.99 for six
IGA’s Baker’s Over Easter Buns 6pk, $2.99
Balfours Premium Fruit 6pk, $4.79
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns
Price: $3.25 for six
Woolworths Hot Cross Bun Traditional 6 pack $3.25
Woolworths Hot Cross Bun Fruitless 6 pack $3.25
Woolworths Hot Cross Bun Mini 9 pack $3.25
Woolworths Hot Cross Bun single $3.25
Woolworths Hot Cross Bun Mini Made With Cadbury Choc 9 pack $3.25
Price: $3.50 for six
Coles Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Coles Dark Chocolate & Orange Hot Cross Buns
Coles Apple & Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns
Coles Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns
Coles Fruit Free Hot Cross Buns
Coles Traditional Mini Hot Cross Bun
Price: $1.40 each or $7 for six
Bakers Delight Traditional Hot Cross Bun
Bakers Delight Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns
Sugar hit: Chocolate chip hot cross buns are rising in popularity, pictured are buns from Bakers Delight
Woolworths, who are expected to sell more than 50 million buns this year, bake their hot cross buns daily.
They have more than 600 bakeries across Australia, and told Daily Mail Australia this year they have seen a 23 per cent increase in hot cross bun sales – the biggest spike being straight after Christmas.
Woolworths said they had seen an increase in people adding their own unique toppings to buns on social media, with flavour combinations such as cheese and ham and avocado and cheese.
The store will host their own Hot Cross Bun Bar at Bondi Westfield on March 19 and 20 to give people a chance to try their own flavours.
Hot property: Woolworths are expected to sell more than 50 million hot cross buns this year
Variety: Coles have introduced a variety of flavours, including dark chococlate and orange, apple and cinnamon and chocolate buns
Coles have the most variety when it comes to hot cross buns.
The retail giant has dark chococlate and orange, apple and cinnamon and chocolate buns on their shelves, and have even come up with Easter dessert recipes using the buns.
Their hot cross bun inspired recipes include a Hot Cross Bun-ana Bread, Raspberry Hot Cross Bun Tiramisu Cake and Lemon Blueberry Hot Cross Bread and Butter Pudding.
Bun-inspired: Social media users are giving hot cross buns their own twist, turning the tradition recipe in to a macaron
Something different: These hot cross buns are vegan, raw, sugar and dairy free – but still pack a punch
Social media has also exploded with variations of the tradition recipe, with everything from Nutella stuffed buns to hot cross bun-inspired macarons.
For those looking to shy away from the traditional fruit bun, raw vegan variations are also available.
A food hall in Japan is also selling matcha hot cross buns, which when combined with the green tea, are tinted a light shade of green.
TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT: COLES HOT CROSS BUN-ANA BREAD RECIPE
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
2 tsp (7g) dried yeast
2 large (about 1¼ cups) large overripe bananas, mashed
1 Coles Brand Australian Free Range Egg, lightly whisked
3 1/2 cups (525g) plain flour
1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
50 g butter, chopped
1 cup (90g) Coles Brand Dried Banana Chips, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup (120g) mixed dried fruit
1/4 cup (40g) dried currants
1/3 cup (50g) plain flour, extra
1 tbsp caster sugar, extra
1 tsp gelatine powder
2 tsp caster sugar
1 tbsp boiling water
1. Combine sugar and yeast. Stir in 1/4 cup of warm water. Stir until combined. Add the banana and egg and whisk.
2. Place the flour, mixed spice and cinnamon in a bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture. Stir in the banana chips, mixed dried fruit and currants. Pour in the banana mixture and stir until a dough forms. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead for 10-15 minutes or until smooth and elastic (the dough should be sticky). Place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
3. Grease a 12 x 20cm loaf pan. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it returns to original size. Divide into 8 portions and roll into balls. Place side by side in the prepared pan. Set aside for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
4. Preheat oven to 200°C. Combine extra flour, extra sugar and 1/4 cup cold water in a bowl. Place in a sealable plastic bag. Cut off 1 corner. Pipe crosses onto buns. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 180°C and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
5. To make the glaze, stir gelatine, sugar and water in a bowl until dissolved.
6. Turn loaf onto a wire rack. Brush the top with glaze. Serve warm with butter.
Delicious: Why not try making the Coles Hot Cross Bun-Ana bread at home this Easter