Panettone is a traditional Italian Christmas cake that’s tall, dome-shaped and full of candied fruit and raisins. It originated in Milan and there are different varieties. If you’ve never had this sweet bread-like cake, read on to find out what I think of Chef Panettone Milano so you can decide whether you should pick one up from Costco this holiday season.
I never knew much about panettone until I started trying them from Costco and traveled to Italy. We went to Italy in December and on the dessert menu at many restaurants the only offering was panettone. Today I’m reviewing the Costco Chef Panettone Milano.
Other festive products from Costco are the De Milan Panettone, Kirkland Signature Raspberry Crumble Cookies, Kirkland Signature Chocolate Yule Log, Kirkland Signature Red Velvet Cheesecake, Kirkland Signature Nanaimo Bars, Sticky Toffee Pudding Co Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Kirkland Signature Christmas Fruit Cake.
Location in Store
You can find this panettone in the Christmas seasonal aisle, the item number is 398807.
This is like a sweet bread but I’m not over the top in love with it. I don’t absolutely care for the texture. There’s a strong citrus flavor in the dough as well as candied orange and raisins throughout the bread. In my opinion, this is more of a bread than a cake. The outside texture of the bread is firm and but not at all crusty, it’s very spongey. The inside is a soft, fluffy and squishy.
There isn’t a ton of candied citrus and Sultana raisins throughout the bread, just enough. Panettone reminds me a little bit of hot cross bun except the flavor profile of the actual bread is an orange/citrus. I tried the panettone both plain and toasted, toasted with butter is my preference.
The one killigram panettone costs $9.99 Canadian at Costco which isn’t exactly cheap for a loaf of bread but isn’t terribly expensive for a cake.
The box is very festive looking but you can’t really tell what in inside the box, it’s definitely festive and unique looking among all the other products. I feel like the attractive box is basically equivalent to wrapping paper so you can give one as a gift.
The panettone is easy to carry because it has a little tie handle on the top. Inside the box is the panettone bread, wrapped in a plastic bag. 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.
The best-before date on the box is five months from the date I purchased it and it’s a product from Italy.
1/12th of the panettone is 290 calories, 10 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbohydrates, two grams of fibre, 22 grams of sugar, four grams of protein and 135 milligrams of sodium. The nutrition facts seem pretty typical for a sweet bread but to be honest I’d rather spend my calories elsewhere.
The ingredients list is actually quite short which I like and there aren’t a ton of chemicals or additives but it doesn’t make this healthy. The panettone contains wheat, milk and eggs and may contain almonds, hazelnuts, soy and mustard.
Give it a try!
People who like Christmas cake-type things might enjoy this!
Have you tried this panettone? What do you think of it?
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