Currant buns have graced breakfast and tea trays across England for hundreds of years. Reverend Samuel Wigley founded the Currant Bun Company in Southampton, Hampshire UK in the 17th century. He discovered currants while on mission to the Greek Island of Zakynthos, and brought them back with him to create the currant bun.
The versatile currant spawned a number of favorites. The currant bun is closely related to the Chelsea bun. In 1824 Duncan Higgins adapted Wigley’s recipe to create the classic Chelsea bun at his bakery close to the fashionable Chelsea district in London. It is rolled up like a cinnamon bun.