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Recap + Giveaway: Hot Cross Buns at COBS Bread + Enter To Win Bread For a Year!

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns

Last weekend, to celebrate Hot Cross Buns season, COBS Bread Crestwood bakery (9680 142 Street) invited me to come learn more about their hot cross buns!

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Inside COBS Bread Crestwood!

Did you know: hot cross buns are traditionally eaten around Easter and each year, COBS Bread only makes their hot cross buns (from scratch, fresh daily) from January through to March 30?

Also that they are the name of a very popular kids’ song that I think many will remember learning how to play on the recorder in elementary school! Ha.

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns!

COBS wanted to bring a bit more attention to their very popular Hot Cross Buns, and give me an opportunity to run a fun bread + Easter giveaway for readers!

Read on for a recap of my visit to COBS Bread Crestwood, and head to the bottom of the post to enter to win COBS Bread For a Year (voucher for one white or whole wheat loaf per week for 52 weeks) + an Easter Bread Prize Package (one 6-pack of Hot Cross Buns, 4 scones, and one sourdough loaf)

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Craving Hot Cross Buns now! (especially the chocolate chip ones!)

During my morning visit to COBS, I learned that while there are 700 COBS Bread bakeries across Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, each individual bakery bakes everything in-house, fresh daily. That means their team of bakers come in throughout the wee hours of the morning making scones, rolls, buns, and all kinds of bread.

Something very important to COBS as well is that they donate all leftover bread to local charities at the end of the day. Crestwood manager and head baker Scott Holmes tells me that in Edmonton, they donate leftovers to Hope Mission, the Breakfast Club program with schools, the Edmonton Food Bank, and senior’s homes. Tracking wastage or items that don’t get sold in a day is important to them.

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
The filling for COBS Bread Hot Cross Buns!

For Hot Cross Buns season, COBS bakes three varieties: traditional fruit buns, chocolate chip buns, and cranberry orange buns. Each day they make about 270 traditional, 180 cranberry orange, and between 120-150 chocolate chips.

During the three months of the year they sell the buns, they’re basically selling out every day. (Side note: each chocolate chip bun is packed with 100 chocolate chips per bun. Deadly, but delicious).

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns dough before being broken into rolls!

The traditional fruit buns are filled with raisins and currants, and the dried cranberries and orange is soaked for two hours to achieve ultimate moistness before being mixed in with the bun dough.

All the ingredients are weighted by hand, but COBS does have this awesome machine that helps cut out the rolls:

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Place them straight!

After they’re cut into rolls, a baker places them (as straight as possible) on a tray and into an industrial proofer for rising (this would be the equivalent of covering your bread with cloth at home to help it rise).

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Nice and risen!

The buns are placed as straight as possible before resting and rising, so it’s easier for the next baker to add the ‘cross’ topping later on.

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Crossing the buns!

To add the ‘cross’ in hot cross buns, COBS uses three different types of mixtures – some with hints of cinnamon, some with a spice.

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Some damn fine Hot Cross Buns (pre-glaze)!


COBS only sells hot cross buns January through March – one of a few items they only bake seasonally. Scott says it builds up quite a demand and gets people looking forward to the season each year.


After coming out of the oven, the buns are glazed – which adds to the flavour but also helps keep them moist. Then they’re presented in the front of the bakery!

You can buy in packs of 6 for $6.95 (mix and match your favourite varieties) or get them individually for $1.35 each.

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
It’s Hot Cross Buns Season at COBS Bread!

I had such a great visit to COBS Crestwood and am really craving hot cross buns!

My visit also inspired my friend Chris to make his own hot cross buns – yum!

If you’re not as confident in your home baking skills, or just want to pick up some buns conveniently – head to your nearest COBS!

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Thanks to Scott with COBS Crestwood for the awesome bakery tour and hot cross buns lesson!

Meanwhile, I am so excited that COBS has given me the opportunity to give away bread to readers!

Cobs Bread Bakery - Edmonton - Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns from COBS Bread, on til March 30.

Enter my giveaway for Bread For a Year (voucher for one white or whole wheat loaf per week for 52 weeks) + an Easter Bread Prize Package (one 6-pack of Hot Cross Buns, 4 scones, and one sourdough loaf) below:



(Valued at $216)

Here are the different ways you can enter this contest (please check off what you’ve done through the Rafflecopter widget below to qualify!)

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which variety of COBS Hot Cross Buns you’d most like to try!
    Note: You MUST leave a comment in order to be eligible for the prize!
  • Tweet this message: It’s #HotCrossBuns season at @COBSBread! I’d love to try some & win @lindork’s bread giveaway! #yegfood #yeg 
  • Like COBSBread on Facebook – COBSBread

(Click here if the widget doesn’t load)

I’ll randomly select one winner after the contest closes on March 4, 2016.

* Note: Comments are moderated so if they don’t appear right away, don’t worry!

Thanks to COBS Bread for arranging this giveaway with me!

Good luck!!


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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. COBS Bread invited me to learn about their hot cross buns and do a giveaway for readers. This has no impact on opinions stated in this post.

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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  • Christine W

    I would like to try the chocolate chip hot cross bun.

  • Alia

    The song hot cross buns kept playing in the background of my mind reading this. It was the first song I learned on the recorder!

    That said the chocolate chip hot crossed buns left me drooling like I was back in 7th grade play that awesome instument. They look delicious!

  • Geneva Ross

    Would love to try chocolate chip!!

  • David

    Traditional,of course.

  • Candice

    I would like to try chocolate chip!

  • Christine

    Would love to try to the traditional cross buns!

  • Heather K

    I would love to try the chocolate chip buns! Sounds like a great spin on an old standby

  • julimi

    the traditional seems awesome


  • Miranda

    I go for the chocolate chip!

  • Andrea McCabe

    Chocolate chip!!! So delicious looking.

  • Darlene

    I would love to try the chocolate chip hot cross buns!

  • Sarah

    I would love to try cranberry orange hot cross buns!

  • Kia Brown

    I’d love to try the chocolate chip one!!

  • Chris

    Bread!!! I love bread! I would try Cranberry Orange!!!!

  • Sarah @ Smile & Conquer

    I had no idea there were chocolate chip hot cross buns! I was never a fan because I don’t really like raisins but this just may be a game changer!

  • Crystal

    Mmmm chocolate chip please!

  • Suzanne Dennis

    i LOVE hot cross bun season – did not know there was such a thing as cranberry orange – that is the one i would go for!
    looks like a fun visit – my dream job would be working in a bakery — ha

  • Frank Wong

    I would love to try the Chocolate Chip

  • Nancy Mah

    Would love to try something different – Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Bun

  • Sarah Fung

    Chocolate chip! :)

  • Gordon Gee

    Orange Cranberry – good combination of flavours

  • edmontonjb

    I’d be all over the chocolate chip buns!


  • Jonathan

    Anything with cranberry so cranberry orange for me!

  • Taylor Closet

    I would LOVE to try the cranberry orange hot cross buns, looks yummy!!!!

  • Brendan roberts

    Love to try chic. Chip

  • Davita

    The chocolate chip ones look yummy!

  • Tanya White

    I would like to try cranberry & orange buns – they sound yummy

  • Vera K

    Ii would love to try the cranberry orange hot cross buns.

  • Florence C

    I like to try the Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns.

  • Kelly D

    I would love to try the Cranberry Orange Hot Cross Buns!

  • Ashley Falkenberg

    Those chocolate chip ones sound amazing. 100 chocolate chips, yum!

  • Wanda

    Chocolate chip buns all the way!

  • brenda

    Chocolate chip all the way!! but the cranberry one would be perfect with a coffee in the morning!

  • Eva Mitton-Urban

    Personally would love the Cranberry Hot Cross Bun would be a perfect morning starter….but I opted to let my 12 year old son Evan choose. Chocolate Chip hands down – still a family favorite.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  • Eva Mitton-Urban

    All steps on Rafflecopter completed. Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic prize. Who doesn’t love homemade goodies – Hot Cross Buns ?

  • Yolanda

    Chocolate chip sound creative and delicious!

  • Christopher

    I would like to try the chocolate chip hot cross bun.

  • Karen Colwell

    Or favourite is the Traditional Fruit -toasted with butter. 😀

  • Violet Poon

    The chocolate chip one sounds delicious!

  • Kelsey Grant

    I would like to try the cranberry and orange hot cross buns.

  • Arlene Ross

    Cranberry & Orange !!

  • Colin

    Cranberry and Orange

  • Stephanie

    Oh the chocolate chip, for sure.

  • Tina L.

    I would like to try the Cranberry Orange Hot Cross Buns

  • Kyle D

    Best time of the year! Interesting post!

  • billiondollarprincesss

    I would love to try the chocolate chip hot cross bun

  • Jennifer Edmonds

    Mmmm cranberry orange sounds exciting!!!

  • Melinda Kaplan.

    I tried the chocolate chip hot cross buns. They are supper delicious. I will be buying some for Easter.

  • Cassie

    I would love to try the Chocolate chip hot cross buns . My little ones agree

  • elvafogarty

    I’m sorry Linda – I couldn’t possibly choose between the Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns or Cranberry Orange Hot Cross Buns. Just thinking about them now #mmmmmmmhotcrossbuns

  • Alana

    I would totally try the Cranberry Orange…………mmm………sounds delish!

  • tracy k

    i’d love to try the chocolate chip ones!

  • bethann Dekoker

    Chocolate Chip Buns!

  • Shannon

    I’d love to try the chocolate chip!

  • Only Here for the Food » Blog Archive » Food Notes for February 29, 2016

    […] offers us a peek behind the scenes at Cobs Bread during hot cross bun season, and is also providing a chance to win bread for a year and an Easter […]

  • Cherish Komm

    I can’t decide between cranberry orange and chocolate chip… I’m gonna say Cranberry Orange for the win!

  • Christine

    I would like to try the chocolate chip buns of course!

  • Terry

    Definitely the cranberry orange!

  • Jenn

    Do I have to choose just one? I’d like to try all three!

  • Crissy

    The chocolate chip ones are amaaazing!!

  • Argenplath

    Definitely leaning towards the cranberry orange flavour!

  • Wendy

    I’d love to try the chocolate chip!!

  • Denise Howie

    Cranberry Prange sounds lovely!

  • Nessa

    100 chocolate chips per bun, you say? Then chocolate chip hot cross buns are definitely on my list!

  • Jolanda

    The original sounds delicious!

  • Angela Assenheimer

    The chocolate chip sounds interesting.

  • sue

    Oh what i wouldn’t give for a traditional fruit bun! Yumm!

  • Brenden Kunimoto

    I’d love to try the cranberry orange variety!!!

  • Danika

    I’d love to try the chocolate chip! and cranberry orange!

  • Melanie Stykalo

    Love to try the chocolate chip ones!

  • marianne kapel

    I would love to try cranberry orange, They look delicious.

  • Diana

    Chocolate chip buns can’t wait to try!

  • Marguerite Logan

    I have tasted the Buns in Regina, excellent every time, Choc chip excellent!!!

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