Sutherland Shire residents are crazy about hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are a popular treat amongst Sutherland Shire residents.

In fact, Miranda residents are among the biggest consumers of Coles brand hot cross buns in the state, consuming more than 240,0000 of the Easter treats since they hit the shelves on Boxing Day.

Coles Miranda store has the seventh highest sales of hot cross buns in the state, according to Coles data, with 240,528 buns sold by last week.

Kirrawee Coles sold 179,283 units, followed by Sylvania, which clocked up 154,005 sales. Kareela was next with 139,902, closely followed by Caringbah with 133,801, Engadine with 126,593, and Illawong (80,074).

In St George, Ramsgate led, with 110,489 hot cross bun sales, followed by Oatley (84,536), and Brighton-Le-Sands (66,676).

While the decision of major supermarkets to begin selling the Easter treats so early angers some, it has paid off for Coles, which has racked up sales of more than 24 million hot cross buns in NSW alone so far this year. Another 12 million were expected to sell in the past week.

The traditional fruit hot cross buns are the biggest sellers, followed by chocolate and mini fruit hot cross buns.

CHOICE recently named the Coles supermarket chocolate and fruit hot cross buns as the best in Australia after conducting blind taste tests.

It is the fourth year Coles traditional hot cross buns have taken out the top spot, with CHOICE finding they have the highest fruit content.

Coles traditional hot cross buns are made up of 27 per cent Australian fruit, which makes them extra plump and juicy.

CHOICE experts taste-tested 21 hot cross buns. Aldi and Bakers Delight ranked second and third for their traditional hot cross buns. There were just 2 percentage points separating first and third place.