The best and worst supermarket panettones for Christmas 2023 - including Tesco chocolate star and Waitrose Florentine-inspired panettone

It’s an understated part of the Christmas table, but a panettone is an ideal mid morning snack with coffee or can be given as a lovely foodie gift.

Published 17th Dec 2023
Updated 17 th Dec 2023

With this in mind, and with so much choice in the supermarkets, we have tried a panettone from the big name brands to find out which are worth buying this Christmas.

From traditional to something a bit different and chocolatey, here are some of the best (and worst) panettones available to buy now.

Lidl Deluxe Panettone Classico, £4.49

We tried the smaller version of this (as there were five in total and my love of panettone is strong, but not that strong).

A soft, buttery cake, it has a good amount of fruit and peel and was as good as some you’d find in an Italian deli.

5/5

M&S triple chocolate panettone, £12

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One for chocolate fans, this is more like a chocolate chip cake with a hard chocolate topping (with a scattering of milk, dark and white chocolate chips).

This was soft but not as moist as some of the others. It tasted nice, but sweet (as you might imagine). A good option for chocoholics. 

4/5

Waitrose No1 Florentine-inspired panettone, £12

Presented in a gold box, tied up with a purple bow, gives this one full marks as a gift. Inside the wrapped up cake has a chocolate topping, studded with hazelnuts, almonds, candied orange peel and freeze dried cherries.

So far, so bougie. Inside there’s a good amount of candied orange peel, sultanas and candied cherries, but this panettone was disappointingly dry.

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3/5

Sainsbury's dark chocolate & orange panettone, Taste the Difference, £16.50

This panettone may be on the spendy side, but it does come in a fabulously festive red tin which can be reused (it also gives it good gift appeal).

It’s not a traditional number as, inside, you’ll find pockets of zingy orange sauce, semi-candied apricot and fiery ginger.

It’s also another one that’s topped with chocolate. It was buttery, soft and moist and very, very moreish. One for those that aren’t sure about traditional panettone.

4/5

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Tesco Finest chocolate star panettone, £12

Shaped like a giant star and topped with chocolate and mini white, dark and milk chocolate stars, this is more like a birthday cake than what you might expect from a panettone.

Sweet and soft, the bread is filled with chocolate pieces and a cream filling. A bit too sweet for me but it’d make a nice gift for those with a sweet tooth.

3.5/5

Asda Extra Special classic panettone, £6

Presented in a jazzy box, this panettone is exactly what it says on the box, a Christmas classic. Filled with candied peel and sultanas, it’s rich, soft and very moreish. One of traditionalists 

5/5

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If you’d prefer to go authentic with your panettone, many Italian delis across Scotland stock a wide range of panettones made in Italy.

Valvona and Crolla’s is small batch made for the long standing Edinburgh deli.

If you’re in Glasgow, visit Celinos or Eusebi Deli.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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