Mackay residents are hopping mad over hot cross buns
THE verdict is in. Mackay residents are hopping mad over hot cross buns.
It may only be the beginning of January, but the sweet snack, normally eaten at Easter time and marketed as an Easter treat, is already on shelves in our local Coles supermarkets.
Just the sight of the fruity bread has some people enraged. One Mackay woman even threatened to throw the buns on the floor of Coles and stomp on them.
Others believe it is simply too early to be promoting Easter when they are "just getting over Christmas".
Despite the backlash, Amy Dangerfield could not be happier about the arrival of the baked goods.
The Mackay mum has already purchased several packs of the traditional hot cross buns since spotting them on shelves.
She planned to stockpile the buns in her freezer to last her the entire year.
"They are just delicious, especially served warm with some butter," Ms Dangerfield said.
"I wish they were stocked in supermarkets all year round, I am always so sad when Easter is over and they are all gone."
Ms Dangerfield is not the only hot cross bun lover, according to Coles.
The retail giant has revealed a December trial was more successful than expected.
"Last year we trialled selling hot cross buns before January and in just four days more than two million hot cross buns were sold," a Coles spokeswoman said.
Is it too soon for supermarkets to be selling hot cross buns?
This poll ended on 12 January 2020.
Yes, they are sacred only to Easter
No, they're delicious and delightful
We could never be cross at the bun
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
"We know a large proportion of our customers want to enjoy these delicious treats as soon as possible.
"The traditional fruit flavour remains the most popular variety."
Our Daily Mercury reporter ventured out to Coles Sydney St to get the word on the street on the hot cross bun debate.
This is what Mackay residents think:
"It's absolutely shocking. I'm appalled. They were actually in the supermarket the week of Christmas, I wanted to throw them on the floor and stomp on them. The minute the mince pies were sold out the hot cross buns came in. They can sell a currant bun, but don't call it a hot cross bun."
"Last year was bad enough but this year they were out before Christmas was over. I love them, but I boycott buying them until it's closer to Easter."
"I don't eat them anyway so I don't really care. It seems silly to have them in shops so early though."
"It's way too early for them. Having them on shelves already takes away from the importance of Easter weekend and what the holiday is all about."
"They may as well have them in shops all year round if they are going to sell them for four months anyway."
"It's way too early to have them out in shops, it's just silly when Easter is so far away."
"It's too early for them. Supermarkets just sell them because it's about commercialism and making money. They are losing sight of what Easter is all about, the resurrection of Christ."
"It doesn't really bother me, I don't really buy them. I wouldn't mind if some of the Easter chocolate came out early though, I always buy Cadbury Cream Eggs before Easter.
"It doesn't bother me. There are bigger things in the world to worry about."