When faced with random items in the ethnic aisle of Publix, I usually fall back on the messages scrolled on the packages. Reggae Country Style Brand Fruit Bun didn’t promise much. “Ready to Eat” it exclaimed. And “Contains Real Fruit.” Beyond that, it wasn’t making many promises about quality or taste, and perhaps there’s a reason for that humility. Fruit Bun is an international treat like australian roulette. But with Fruit Bun like this, sometimes you don’t get so lucky.
Things started well with the Fruit Bun. The open package wafted nutmeg and cinnamon. The gingerbread-colored roll looked glazed and sweet, with bits of dried fruit hidden just below the surface.