Are Hot Cross Bun Macarons a French Easter Tradition?

By February 18, 2020 No Comments

This year we’ve brought back our delicious (and one of our favourites) hot cross bun macarons. They’re packed full of cinnamon and raison flavours giving your taste buds a well-deserved hug. Awesome to give or receive as a gift. We promise, they really do taste like hot cross buns!

To celebrate Easter, we thought we’d show you a few French Easter traditions – do you think hot cross buns have a place?

Here are just a few of our favourite traditions, all relating to food of course.

  1. The Easter Bells – les cloches de Pâques

The Easter bells or les cloches de Pâques is a tradition where the church bells across France are silenced on the Thursday before Easter to mourn the death of Christ until Easter Sunday.  According to the legend, the bells would fly to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. They would then begin their journey back to the French churches and would pick up eggs along the way before scattering them into gardens. The bells would then ring on Easter Sunday to announce the Resurrection of Christ. In France, it is the bells rather than the Easter bunny who delivers the Easter eggs!

  1. Easter Chocolate

Chocolate is the centre of French Easter traditions. Decorated chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and chocolate bells are common gifts to give children (and adults) at Easter. Chocolatiers take the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild and the windows of chocolate shops and pâtisseries display intricate works of art.

  1. Easter Egg Hunts

Easter egg hunts are also popular in France because of the legend of the bells dropping the eggs. Children flock to the backyard and local village parks. These eggs used to be decorated hard-boiled eggs but now they tend to be small chocolate eggs.

  1. Easter Meals

As with many national holidays it is a French tradition to have a family meal at Easter. Often this will include lamb as the main course which is a symbol of spring and new life. Usually, dessert is chocolate-based and, as with all good French meals, there is a cheeseboard.


So there we have it, whilst hot cross buns are not a tradition in France, we think they’re divine and deserve to be integrate into delicious French pastries. Treat your customers to something sweet after their Easter meal this year by providing gift packs of the hot cross bun macaron or the blister packs for sharing.

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