As soon as I spotted these on the shelf in Morrisons I had to buy them, although I very nearly missed them as the packaging isn’t much different to the normal ones and the contains hot chilli sticker is quite small, not good if your eye sight isn’t great. They actually looked bigger and fluffier than the non chilli hot cross buns with a little flecks of red here and there, obviously coming from the chilli.
On slicing them open, the red tinges were more obvious and they seemed to have plenty of fruit in, although they almost didn’t fit in the toaster they were that big and fluffy. They toasted really quickly so it’s best to keep your eye on them as you don’t want burnt buns.
Lightly buttered with salted butter and served with a nice strong Hasbean espresso they went down a treat, you could certainly taste the chilli in them which added a nice dry flavour against the sweetness of the fruit, there was a tiny little bit of heat but not enough to be considered really hot, even by my wife’s standards. There was plenty of fruit in all for buns and they were suitably sticky without being overly so.
Would I buy them again? Yes I would, even without the massive chilli heat they were decent hot cross buns, although If we had a Booth’s near by I’d be in there buying their sour cherry and chocolate hot cross buns as they are possibly my favourite hot cross buns ever.