Best Panettones To Buy For Christmas 2023
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Best Panettones To Buy For Christmas 2023

'Tis the season

Panettone is up there with some of the most elite Christmas foods, along with mince pies and pigs-in-blankets. The Italian bread is native to Milan, but it has become a winter staple in households all over the world, including the UK – typically enjoyed as a sweet breakfast or festive afternoon snack.

Characterised by its cloud-like consistency, a traditional panettone is made with orange peel and raisins, but nowadays you can get lots of different twists – from chocolate-covered creations to boozy versions and fruity numbers. So where to find the best in town? Read on for the best panettones to buy for Christmas 2023. 

Best Panettones To Buy For Christmas 2023

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Fortnum & Mason Traditional Panettone

Fortnum & Mason Traditional Panettone

Best for: traditionalists

For lovers of the classic version, Fortnum & Mason’s offering is sure to impress, with bread proved for over 48 hours to give it that light, fluffy feel.

£44.95, fortnumandmason.com

M&S Triple Chocolate Panettone

M&S Triple Chocolate Panettone

Best for: chocolate lovers

M&S’ Christmas collection is always a treat. Sweet-toothed diners will love its Triple Chocolate Panettone, which is jazzed up with milk and dark chocolate chips and a chocolate sauce, then coated in dark chocolate.

£10.20, ocado.com

Dolce & Gabbana Apple and Cinnamon Panettone

Dolce & Gabbana Apple and Cinnamon Panettone

Best for: a gift

After a designer panettone? It doesn’t get much more chic than Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicilian-inspired version, created in partnership with Fiasconaro. Our top pick is the apple and cinnamon flavour, but there are a few to choose from.

£63, dolceandgabbana.com

The River Cafe Panettone

The River Cafe Panettone

Best for: classic Italian

Of course The River Cafe, one of the capital’s most esteemed Italian restaurants, sells one of the best panettones in town. This one hails from Italy itself: a bakery called Forno Gentile in Gragnano, Naples, and has won numerous awards over the years.

£40, shoptherivercafe.co.uk

Harvey Nichols Dulce de Leche Panettone Grande

Harvey Nichols Dulce de Leche Panettone Grande

Best for: a sweet treat

This dulce de leche caramel version from Harvey Nichols is an indulgent twist on the classic, featuring pockets of white chocolate, with an outer hazelnut glaze studded with caramel drops. Perfect as an afternoon treat with a glass of fizz.

£26, harveynichols.com

Rococo Artisanal Panettone Classico

Rococo Artisanal Panettone Classico

Best for: top quality

Rococo’s panettone comes from its Italian sister company Pintaudi, created in Trieste by Pastry Chef Giuseppe Pintaudi. Its secret? High-quality ingredients: Australian sultanas, Sicilian orange blossom honey, and Madagascar vanilla beans – plus the famous Pintaudi sourdough starter.

£63, rococochocolates.com

Pump Street Panettone

Pump Street Panettone

Best for: fluffy bread

Suffolk bakery Pump Street uses a traditional Italian recipe to create its panettone – a precise and complex technique which involves weeks of conditioning and proving. The result is the perfectly light, tender bread, flavoured with honey and orange peel, then topped with ground hazelnuts and sugar nibs.

£35, pumpstreetchocolate.com

Waitrose No.1 Sicilian Orange Nocciolato Panettone

Waitrose No.1 Sicilian Orange Nocciolato Panettone

Best for: fruity flavours

This Sicilian panettone comes from Piedmont in Italy, with flavours of orange peel giving it a lovely citrus kick, with a hazelnut frosting topping. Nice as a dessert or toasted and buttered for breakfast. 

£16, waitrose.com