Hot Cross Buns – The “Delicious” Children’s Song

We have reviewed and discussed many children’s songs here on our blog, but few of them involve delicious food that would make your little ones feel hungry. However, Hot Cross Buns is one such unique song, and we will take a look at its origin as well as what it’s all about below.


While the first official record of this song was believed to be found in 1798; it was a rhyme from the Christmas Box. That said, however, there’s an official record of the song available, too; and it goes as back as in 1733.

It was basically a part of the song Poor Robin’s Almanack, which was simply a street cry in London. However, the part of the lyrics the song Hot Cross Buns is inspired from is pretty similar.

Hot Cross Buns – An Overview

Hot Cross Buns is not only one of the most unique kids songs that’s based on food, but also used as a street cry and even as an Easter song. The song is based around something known as hot cross bun, which is a spiced sweet. It’s usually made using either raisins or currants.

The song basically revolves around a woman making and selling delicious hot cross buns. A person comes over with his two daughters, and buys each of them a delicious bun. He only pays a penny for the two of them, which is in line with what the lyrics say “one a penny, two a penny.”

However, the song also goes on to tell the father that, if they don’t have any daughters, they can buy the buns for their sons instead.

Needless to say, this can be a nice little song for a father to hear with her daughter, and maybe even ask her mom to make her some delicious hot cross buns that he could then buy for a penny!

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