Buns fresh out of the oven ready for Easter
IF YOU were hoping to catch your breath between Christmas and Easter, you might want to think again.
Hot cross buns and Easter eggs are hitting the shelves of Rose City supermarkets this week as the countdown to Easter begins.
With just nine weeks until Easter, residents have begun swooping on the hot cross buns - making the most of the first batches out of the oven.
The tasty Easter sweets hit the shelves in Spano's IGA yesterday morning.
Manager Frank Spano said people had been asking for hot cross buns for weeks.
"Hot cross buns are always a big seller," he said.
"We sold 7000 packets in Easter week across six stores last year."
Is January too early for shops to be selling Easter eggs and hot cross buns?
This poll ended on 07 January 2016.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
According to Mr Spano, hot cross buns have arrived on shelves earlier than normal as Easter was three weeks earlier this year.
"It makes it easier to change straight from Christmas to Easter," he said.
"The space is already allocated."
Two varieties - chocolate and traditional - will be freshly baked in store daily at IGA.
Hot cross buns were also popular in Bi-Lo, with empty shelves greeting shoppers yesterday.
Bi-Lo and Woolworths have also stocked Easter eggs, while IGA shoppers will have to wait another week.
Meanwhile, the biggest bakers in town say they will wait a couple of months to start production.
Gail Steele from Steele's Bakery said hot cross buns would be available in early March.
"We don't start too early - people get sick of it after a while," she said.