Costco Chiostro di Saronno Panettone Review

A traditional Italian holiday treat available at Costco!

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.

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Panettone is an Italian, traditional sweet bread that originated in Milan, Italy and it’s usually enjoyed during the Christmas season. There’s all different kinds of Panettone but the classic/original version usually has raisins, lemon zest and candied orange.

I think the box is what attracted me to this Panettone from Costco. I couldn’t really tell what I was buying but the box is so festive and unique looking among all the other products. Costco bought Panettone is a super convenient item to enjoy at home and an even more convenient gift. I feel like the attractive box is basically equivalent to wrapping paper. The Chiostro di Sarrono Panettone box is very easy to carry because it has a little tie handle on the top. Inside the box is the Panettone bread, it fits inside the box perfectly and is conveniently wrapped in a plastic bag. Usually when I go shopping at Costco alone, some of my items become a little mangled from having to maneuver them into the car and then inside the house but because of the box my Panettone survived completely unharmed! After I opened it I was a little unsure how to best store it once I had sliced into it to prevent it from drying out. I think the best thing would be to slice it up and freeze it.

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Sean’s first statement about the Panettone was “it’s like a giant muffin”. It actually does kind of look like a giant muffin. There’s definitely no shortage of bread here. The Panettone from Costco cost $7.89 Canadian not on sale. I think that’s completely reasonable. It’s imported from Italy and it’s also a ton of bread. We were able to give a some to both sets of our parents to enjoy. They don’t really skimp on the raisins or candied fruit either for that cost.

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This is a very good sweet bread but I wasn’t over the top in love with it, maybe if there was a little cinnamon, I’m obsessed with cinnamon. There’s definitely a strong citrus taste in the bread. The outside texted of the bread is firm but not at all crusty, similar to the outside of brioche and then inside is a soft, fluffy, slightly dense, sweet, citrusy bread. There’s delicious generously sized candied citrus and large Sultana raisins throughout the bread. This reminds me a little bit of Hot Crossed Buns except the flavor profile of the actual bread isn’t cinnamon but orange/citrus. We tried the Panettone both plain and toasted and toasted is definitely the way to go in my opinion.

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There’s a lot of calories, sugar and fat in this bread. The worst part about that is that it’s easy to eat a few slices of Panettone and not feel like you’re eating something super heavy or indulgent. True story, Sean and I had it for breakfast and I asked him to calculate how many calories approximately were in the entire bread. He said roughly 3500. Okay… I looked over at the counter to see we’d consumed about a third of the loaf. Since I love butter, I’d also slathered some of that on. I proceeded to pack up the rest for our parents. To be honest, this is good but there’s a lot of other things I’d rather eat for the same amount of calories, sugar and fat.

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I could definitely see cutting this up for Christmas morning brunch and toasting it for something festive and different! It was a nice unique treat and I would definitely eat it again if it were served. I probably wouldn’t purchase it for myself again. Sean and I are going to Italy in a few weeks so it will be interesting to try the Panettone there and see if it tastes any better than the Costco one.

Taste: 7.5/10

Cost: 9/10

Convenience: 9/10

Nutrition: 0/10

Have you had Panettone before? Do you prefer it toasted or plain?!

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