The Hot Cross Bun Obsession

It’s Easter time and everyone knows that means eating an enormous amount of hot cross buns!

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It’s Easter time and everyone knows that means eating an enormous amount of hot cross buns! But why is it every year within the months of March and April people can’t get enough of the deliciously sweet and slightly toasted hot cross bun?

Generation after generation, year after year, at Easter time, people flock to their nearest bakery and scoop up dozens of hot cross buns to enjoy with their families and friends over the holidays.

This annual obsession with the hot cross bun has been around so long in fact, that there is even a children’s nursery rhyme dedicated the delightful baked good! If you ever studied an instrument as a child, I’m sure you know the one I am talking about!

There are numerous tales and stories as to the reasoning behind why we eat hot cross buns at Easter. The cheerful little bun throughout history was said to be sacred, bringing good luck and good health to those who consumed it.

People in the 1700’s were so infatuated with hot cross buns that apparently English Queen Elizabeth I, had them banned, only allowing them to be eaten by the public on Easter and Christmas.

Therefore it is clear that this yearly obsession with the hot cross bun has been around longer then you might have first thought! Although there are a few people among us who don’t enjoy the blissful taste of the lightly spiced dried fruit filled bun and opt for the fraud of all baked goods … the Chocolate Hot Cross Bun!

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Ellen Duffy is a recent advertising graduate, an avid reader and a huge movie enthusiast. She enjoys writing, photography, watching classic films and travelling. After completing her studies at university, Ellen hopes to one-day work as a copywriter in the media industry. Ellen could spend all day reading and there is also a strong chance that she can quote every episode of “Friends” word for word.

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