Party Planning, Hot Cross Buns and a Giveaway

Yes, I’m still in the midst of Ninjago party planning for Gilbert’s party and I have found a few more awesome pins to share:

Blue Themed Ninjago Party Table

Ninjago Lantern Party Table

Ninjago Party Table

Yellow Themed Ninjago Party Table

While I want to keep to the Ninjago theme I am conscious that Gilbert’s birthday is very close to Easter this year so have been trying to find a way to bring in some Easter goodness too. Like chocolate and hot cross buns. My favourites – yum…

As it happens, the wonderful folk at Baker’s Delight invited us to sample some of their very moreish hot cross buns as they prepare for Bundraiser Day on Saturday 16th March (which is tomorrow people!)

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Do you prefer fruit or chocolate my friends?

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On Bundraiser Day, Baker’s Delight will donate $1 from every 6 pack of hot cross buns sold to one of eight children’s hospitals across Australia, including my local children’s hospital, The John Hunter.

This is something close to my heart as we have utilised the services of The John Hunter on several occasions for the kids. Between Gilbert’s sleep study to determine if a tonsilectomy was in order (not needed, thank goodness) and Delilah’s admission with bronchiolitis at the age of 5 weeks of age (very scary), it’s been a comfort to know that specialist services are nearby.

If you, like me, have been holding onto your self-control since the hot cross buns first came out to replace the christmas decorations back in January, you have earned the pleasure of a warm hot cross bun! And, take it from me, the Baker’s Delight ones are divine*. Plus, a $1 from each 6 pack is going to to a great cause. You can’t lose!

*In the interests of full disclosure I have to state that the fruit hot cross buns are awesome. Unfortunately my children did not fully appreciate the delights of the chocolate variety – you just can’t pick it, can you? But they did love the activity packs that also arrived to keep them occupied, even if a fight arose between the girls about who would own the pink one. BTW Delilah won!

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And now it gets even better for you guys. I have 3 x $10 Baker’s Delight vouchers to giveaway so you can sample the delights of their hot cross buns for yourself.

Simply tell me whether you are a fruit, chocolate or fruitless hot cross bun fanatic and why. The 3 responses that most tickle my fancy will win a voucher. It’s that simple.

The competition will run until 6pm AEDT Wednesday March 20 so you have the chance to get your hands on a voucher before Easter. Note the giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

For the record, I love my fruit buns as I can’t quite get my head around combining chocolate with bread. And yes, this means I have never had a nutella sandwich in my life (I actually shocked my husband with this – am I odd?)

So, get along to your local Baker’s Delight tomorrow, buy a 6 pack of hot cross buns and help raise much needed funds for children’s hospitals across Australia. And don’t forget to enter for your chance to win!


Spreading the word via Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday – have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. However I did receive a 6 pack of fruit hot cross buns, a 6 pack of chocolate hot cross buns and 3 activity packs from Baker’s Delight as part of this promotion. 

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130 Responses

  1. I’m a traditionalist – fruit & spice please. I sneer at the chocolate aberration. But then I’m old & clearly stuck in my ways 😉
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  2. Bronwyn Knox says:

    I am so glad the days of mixed peel are gone as the fruit and spice are my favourite too.

  3. I have always HATED fruit in bread. But for Easter I make an exception. There is something about the traditional warm sultana hot cross bun with dollops of melted butter bliss that tantilises my tongue so that it forgets to hate the whole fruit in bread thing.
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  4. Merryl says:

    I am a chocolate hot cross bun fanatic. In fact, I am a chocoholic and will eat chocolate with anything. Chocolate keeps me sane!

    • Kirsty says:

      I love chocolate on it’s own and with nuts but I can’t have it with bread and I don’t like it with fruit either. Weird but true. Obviously you are a huge fan of Easter then Merryl!!!

  5. I am not a fan of hot cross buns at all – not even the chocolate variety. They’re like blueberry bagels – they smell awesome but as soon as I get it in my mouth I wonder why my nose plays such tricks.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Oh no Kyla! At least there’s still oodles of chocolate to console yourself with at Easter, even for those who are not hot cross bun fanatics!

  6. Mary Preston says:

    In my opinion, as someone who has eaten many a Hot Cross Bun, it’s NOT a Hot Cross Bun without the fruit. I’m too much of a traditionalist to even try the chocolate, but they do beckon.

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m definitely with you Mary. I have tried the chocolate variety but they are just not for me. The fruit ones are superb – why mess with perfection?

  7. Janet says:

    I am so glad they make chocolate hot cross buns nowadays. But my waistline isn’t. 😉
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    • Kirsty says:

      Hahaha! That’s like me and my weakness for chocolate coated almonds at Christmas – but that’s a whole different story…

  8. A huge chocoholic here so no surprises I’m going for the chocolate variety! I’ll have mine slightly heated with or without butter, nutella at this point is probably over kill.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’m sure nutella would be overkill! But I’m know that would be just the thing for someone out there, somewhere.

  9. I’m a fruitless fan, I’ve never liked the sultanas and when I was a kid I used to pick them out and hide down the back, side and under couch squabs, not just at my house but any house we visited and were ‘made’ to eat hot x buns to be polite. I bet they were surprised next time they went to clean their couches! Em
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    • Kirsty says:

      My kids are exactly the same Em – they drive me nuts by pulling out the sultanas, I find them everywhere! Remind me to never offer you a fruit bun if we ever meet up!

  10. JILL says:

    Baker’s Delight buns are soooo yummy for me and my family

    • Kirsty says:

      They are definitely quality buns, much better than the supermarket varieties. I could really taste the difference. Very, very moreish Jill!

  11. Katrina L says:

    Fruit Hot Cross Buns, as after my personal trainer punishes me with my workout and asks if I ate fruit I can honestly say Yes!

    • Kirsty says:

      I love the way you think Katrina! I have been known to have used similar logic when justifying my hot cross bun addiction in the past. It has to be healthy if it has fruit in it, shouldn’t it?

  12. kerrie says:

    The tradittinalfruit buns are the best, but I am tempted at the chocolate too just have to hide them from the kids.

    • Kirsty says:

      Yes, you would have to stash them away Kerrie! It’s the only way to ensure some of the goodness for yourself 🙂

  13. Grace says:

    I’m a sucker for both! I would’ve been just a chocolate girl in the past but over these few several years I’ve taken a real fondness to the spicy ones. Oh, look at that…my mouth is starting to salivate 🙂
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    • Kirsty says:

      I know Grace – I’ve been fighting off the urge to heat up a bun from my stash for over an hour now. Must stay strong!

  14. Josie says:

    I like all three – so long as the fruit variety doesn’t contain peel.

  15. Katie says:

    I like them plain (fruitless) so I can really taste the flavour – kinda like doughnuts – they are best when they are plain!

    • Kirsty says:

      Katie, I don’t mind the fruitless either – I certainly prefer them to the chocolate ones! But I must confess that fruit buns are my absolute favourite – I also have a weakness for raisin toast, so perhaps no surprises there!

  16. Heather says:

    Nothing but the traditional fruit buns for me.
    Good Friday’s breakfast must be a warm fruit bun and a strong cup of tea!
    Let’s keep traditions alive!

  17. sonya says:

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Or if no chocolate ones are available, fruitless. I don’t know why anyone would think a fruity hot cross bun is a good idea! If you want fruit, go to the fruit shop and buy some yummy mangoes! Don’t bung dried stuff into a yummy hot cross bun!

    • Kirsty says:

      I do see your point. I can’t do fruit in chocolate for instance (never try to offer me fruit & nut chocolate) but it somehow works for me in bread. There’s no accounting for taste though, is there?

  18. Alma G says:

    I’m a mocha fan. Bakers delight do a delicious version and as I’ve recently given up sugar in my coffee this is a most welcome cheat!

  19. sharron smith says:

    We are split in our house i love fruit and spicey kids love chocolate grandkids all confused so we are going to bake some ourselves with it all not sure if i’ll eat but kids promise me they will

  20. James says:

    All three as long as there fresh

  21. Marie Pohnetalova says:

    fruitless – i haven’t eaten the chocolate one… i’m ‘trying to diet’ but now i’m ‘dying to try it’!

  22. Roberto Colombi says:

    Fruit – the ‘Raisin’ d’etre for eating hot cross buns!

  23. Karen Edwards says:

    I love the fruit hot cross buns without the peel 🙂 and super fresh yum!!

  24. Rebecca Baker says:

    I am totally fruit,
    Light toasted with lots of butter,
    And a hot cuppa!

  25. Aleisha Davidson says:

    Fresh, fruity and toasty HOT cross buns are the BEST. I just can’t stand the new versions – keep it traditional!

  26. Karen.D says:

    Fruit hot cross buns really aPEEL to me and SPICE up our Easter! (I LOVED the cranberry and white chocolate buns they had a couple of years ago they were delicious!!!!!)

    • Kirsty says:

      I would have loved to have tried the cranberry and white chocolate ones – they sound delicious (even if they do still have chocolate in them :))

  27. Amanda says:

    I’m in on the rage
    in a gastronimic age
    where caramel and sticky date
    are the pick for my plate!

  28. Kim m says:

    I love fruitless hot cross buns and also the chocolate ones, although I have never had a nutella sandwich either, maybe I should try one!

  29. Veronica Denman says:

    As much as I love traditional buns, nothing equals a hot bun oozing gooey chocolate, yummmmmy

    • Kirsty says:

      Your description is so mouth watering Veronica – it actually saddens me that I can’t like the chocolate variety now!

  30. adam says:

    I take mine with fruit toasted over a camp fire.

  31. Michelle V says:

    Mmmm, one of my favourite things is a hot cross bun
    And at this time of morning, I could really go one!
    But the chocolate sort’s a waste of money spent
    (Not to mention, I’ve given up chocolate for Lent!!)
    Whilst the fruity type would be a somewhat welcome guest
    For me, its the fruitless variety that I love best!!!

    • Kirsty says:

      I love it Michelle! I caved and bought more of all varieties today – that’s something I should have given up for Lent, perhaps… 🙂

  32. Amanda Casalanguida says:

    Totally agreed… chocolate hot cross buns… Capital BLAH. I’m a fruit bun freak and therefore my family is too. None of this wussy fruit-less variety for us! Since I am the grocery buyer, I buy what I like. The fam eats what I like or goes without. Firm but Fair I reckon!

    • Kirsty says:

      I like your style Amanda – go you! BTW fruitless is a bit wussy isn’t it? For me it’s got to be a fruit bun as well!

  33. Nicole W says:

    “Fruit’n’Spice” Hot Cross Buns are my favourite!!!…Although, my hubby says I’m a fruit-batty enough without them!

    • Kirsty says:

      I don’t think you can go past the fruit variety – definitely the best! And what’s life without spice anyway???

  34. Graham Buckingham says:

    I have a large family of six children under 7 and they all adore hot cross buns so i buy about 4 to 5 packets each time i shop to keep them happy. They are a great family treat with honey.

    • Kirsty says:

      Honey would make them a little too sweet for my liking but glad to hear they go down well with your tribe Graham!

  35. Kerry Hatcher says:

    NO chocolate just the traditional fruit and peel for me yummo…..

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m with you on that, just leave out the peel for me – I’m not a great fan of peel in my soft hot cross buns!

  36. Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions says:

    I have to say I was so relieved to actually like the hot cross buns we got! I was not looking forward to having to write a post and admitting that I hadn’t enjoyed them! I do love the chocolate ones though as I am not a fan of fruit in my buns. I love bread and chocolate, one off our traditional Sunday lunch items was fresh rolls with a broken up Furry Friend chocolate sprinkled inside. To this day we still have them if we go to mums on a Sunday!

    • Kirsty says:

      Luckily I’d had enjoyed their hot cross buns before so knew they would be good but it was slightly embarrassing when my kids didn’t fully appreciate the chocolate ones!

  37. Karina w says:

    Fruitless – tastes healthier this way!

    • Kirsty says:

      I’ll do fruitless is fruit ones are not an option but I would argue that having fruit in them would make them healthier – well that’s the logic I use when justifying other snack choices like fruit salad and ice cream (the fruit has to cancel out the ice cream, surely!!!)

  38. Di says:

    Fruit, I love the flavour of the bun itself but loathe the ‘bits’, so sit contently picking them out as I slowly munch away. Yes I could have a fruitless one, but they just don’t taste the same.

    • Kirsty says:

      I can see your point Di. I’m the same with jam, I’ll buy the jar packed with fruit but I will take out all the fruit bits when spreading it on bread…!

  39. DIANA O says:

    Fruit, they’re what hot cross buns are!! And you don’t mess with perfection that’s become a tradition.

  40. Tim & Ophelia says:

    Fruit hot cross buns are the only way to go. Cut in half, grilled, and smothered in butter…..not marg, it has to be butter. Yummo 🙂

    • Kirsty says:

      This was not the best comment to read in the lead-up to dinner – all I want now is a warmed up hot cross bun with butter…the temptation is nearly overwhelming!!!!

  41. Jennifer B. says:

    Chocolate is for eggs and souffles.
    Fruitless is for garlic bread and focaccias…

    My hot cross buns MUST be fruity and spicy!

  42. Katrina OConnor says:

    I love fruit and spice hot cross buns and also would love to see some apple and cinnamon hot cross buns

  43. Dean Brandt says:

    Hot cross buns may be fun and a hoot but I’m sorry the fruit makes me toot.However I’m going to add to this debate by saying I like the chocolate.

    • Kirsty says:

      What can I say Dean – we will agree to disagree on the fruit v chocolate debate. But I do have a soft spot for dodgy rhyme! 🙂

  44. Jodie Harlow says:

    Gluttonously guilty of indulging in the decadence of both fruit hot cross buns and chocolate. The plane ones are missing something… like chocolate or fruit 😉 But never ever ever until at the earliest a week before Easter and only ever from the Margate Baker’s Delight.

    • Kirsty says:

      You have fantastic self control Jodie – I’ve been struggling to resist the buns since they first came out in January!

  45. Cate says:

    Fruit hot cross buns are the best by far! Earlier in the week my family had exactly this discussion. After a lot of begging I relented and bought a packet of fruit hot cross buns and a packet of chocolate. What’s left now is 4 chocolate hot cross buns- as the kids had a couple of bites of the chocolate and decided they preferred fruit too. Aaahh, the feeling of being able to say,’Told you so’.

  46. nicole larsen says:

    Im definately a chocolate girl, all year round, not just Easter

    • Kirsty says:

      I like chocolate on it’s own (OK, I love chocolate!) but I really wish I could like it in a hot cross bun – it seems unfair in a way that I don’t!

  47. Abby Lee says:

    Love fruit hot cross buns as the fruit makes me think they are good for you and they are perfect for afternoon tea

    • Kirsty says:

      Exactly! I like telling myself I’m fulfilling my fruit quota while gobbling one down – there’s got to be some truth in that, surely?

  48. I love BOTH. Spiced Fruit is delicious smothered with butter when warmed in the oven and I love the Choc Chip ones with butter and a bit of peanut paste for a chocolate nutty flavour.

  49. Jodie Farnsworth says:

    I have always been a fruit bun girl but I did but a chocolate packet two weeks ago and the kids and hubby demolished them. We tried them both ways putting them in the microwave for a few seconds with the melting chocolate delicious or putting them in the fridge makes the choc chips nice and firm love them!

  50. Rebecca Smith says:

    An apple a day
    keeps the doctor away
    but chocolate in a bun
    is far more fun

  51. Jacky says:

    Quite simply a hot cross bun should have fruit in it. A hot cross bun without fruit is just a roll and one with chocolate in has been designed by someone who foolishly believes theres not enough chocolate around at Easter !

  52. Tracey says:

    I love fruit Hot X Buns, but I am weird, I like to lightly toast mine and have them with butter and vegemite. YEP, VEGEMITE!

  53. ros mayes says:

    Chocolate in milkshakes, hot chocolate too
    Choclolate mud cake and chocolate fondue
    Chocolate fudge, brownies and luscious Milk Tray
    But chocolate in buns?? No way Jose!!

    Spicy Fruit!! The way to go!! 🙂
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  54. Kirsten W says:

    No fruit for me, no chocolate either. I like my Hot Cross Buns however I like my men – in au natural!

  55. Isabel says:

    Love love love Baker’s Delight Hot Cross Buns, especially the fruit & spice ones. I always end up eating too many of those but I tell myself that they contain fruits, and fruits = good for you, no?

  56. Carolyn Wrigley says:

    Bring on the chocolate I say. Why not indulge. As women we too often go without for our weight, our families or because we feel guilty!

  57. Kim R says:

    Fruit Hot Cross Buns are my favourite, sweet indulgence. Unfortunately my indulgence tips over into gluttony territory when I warm and spread them with butter…and the butter runs down my mouth… !

  58. i love hot cross buns with fruit my nana use to make these for the family every year and the grand kids had to help its so much fun and i love hot cross buns

  59. Anna says:

    Easter no doubt includes sumptuous chocolate by the truck load,
    So why not enjoy the “traditional fruit” bun “hot” allowing taste buds to explode!
    Complimented with butter all the way through,
    Is the idyllic way I like to pursue!
    My great grandmother has been baking the “traditional” bun for almost 60 years,
    AND this delectable treat signifies our “Easter” and “always” brings celebrated cheers!

  60. Narelle Rock says:

    definitely fruit, I love how the sultanas go all soft and warm when the hot x bun is toasted, smothered in butter and then sprinkles with cinnamon sugar, delicious!! I am hanging out to try the sticky date ones this year though, could be dangerous!

  61. Fruit and chocolate – made by melting a chocolate easter egg onto a freshly grilled and buttered hot cross bun on Easter Sunday morning!

  62. Barbara Fehmel says:

    Is there any better buns than Plarres bun. I would sure like to taste the competition ones. to see.

  63. Charlotte says:

    Fruit and spice
    Are oh so nice.
    Chocolate? Ick
    It makes me sick!

    I’ll be candid
    Let’s keep it standard.
    Traditional buns
    Can still be fun!

    Without the fruit
    A treat of no repute,
    Little bursts of sweet,
    Make it a surprise-filled treat!

    Fruit buns are for me,
    Though it may seem silly.
    They’re the essence of the season,
    And who needs any other reason?!

  64. Sharon T says:

    I can eat the just sultana variety, but I won’t eat the full fruit ones as I detest peel. And chocolate, why would anyone want to dilute chocolate that way – criminal I tell you!
    However, I don’t buy hot cross buns much as the novelty of them for easter has gotten lost, as they bring them out now straight after xmas. Crazy I tell you!!!

    • Kirsty says:

      I know, it’s crazy Sharon. I at least held out until March to buy my first pack…I was proud of that effort as I am ever so slightly addicted to them!

  65. Fruitless- it saves the kids and MYSELF from picking out all those pesky sultanas! blerrrgh!
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    • Kirsty says:

      The fruitless ones are a great idea for those who do not appreciate fruit in their buns – they are definitely my kids favourite!

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