When is too early for hot cross buns? Outraged scenes here in Aus as the first hot cross buns went on sale before the new year. (I noticed them when I was doing a bit of last minute NYE shopping, but reports are that they have been available since boxing day)
They've been creeping earlier every year for a while now, but at boxing day I think they've reached their limit. AFAIC nary a hot cross bun shall cross my lips until after Ash Wednesday, and probably a good deal later than that.
Also, if you take the fruit out, or put chocolate in, it is no longer a fucking hot cross bun. If you don't like dried fruit, you don't like hot cross buns.
PS Saw my first Easter Eggs on the weekend before last.