‘Life is not a sweet currant bun,’ I discovered during my search for the origin of the currant bun. This proverb was strange to me, although I immediately understood what it meant. Imagine life was always so sweet. Delicious!
The story goes that currant buns come from England. A pastor would be in the 17th century for this currant buns used currants from Greece because he served there.
In our country people used to eat currant buns during funerals; at the time they were also called sorrows. Perhaps to use the sweet to ease the pain of the loss? In any case, currant buns can no longer be ignored in our food culture.
Confusion arose for the test because besides currant buns there are also raisin balls for sale. Currants and raisins are both dried, seedless grapes. Raisins are often made from the yellow sultana grape. Currants are made from a Greek grape from Corinth and are a bit smaller and drier than raisins. See here the explanation for the Dutch word and why stingy people are called ‘tight-fisted’.
“Currants a bit smaller and drier than raisins”
Then to the test. We went for currant buns with currants and raisins. Ekoplaza (Dag en Dauw) was the first to leave the field. “You can shuffle around with this,” shouted a colleague over the dry bulbs. Jumbo was also not to the liking: “A bit boring, chemical taste.”
Colleagues found the somewhat ‘stickier’ currant buns much better, with Dirk / Dekamarkt and Vomar getting the most hands on each other.
Although Dirk / Dekamarkt’s currant buns looked pale, colleagues found them the best. “Soft and airy.” “Your own taste, you clearly smell cinnamon.” € 1.39 per six pieces
Vomar impressed with a “clear vanilla scent and vanilla flavor”. “These are tasty because they are just a bit stickier.” “That’s how they should taste.” € 1.29 per six pieces
In third place we find Aldi this week. Perhaps not surprising, because their clots also scored well. “This will keep you eating.” “Airy and a lot of currants and raisins.” € 1.29 per six pieces
And there is Albert Heijn. Colleagues thought their currant-raisin buns were “a bit on the economical side, but nice and soft”. “Drier than the other currant buns,” some thought. € 1.29 per six pieces
Finally, fifth place for Lidl. While some colleagues thought these raisin buns were “average and not that exciting,” they “smelled clearly of vanilla.” € 1.19 per six items
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