Last Updated: May 1, 2023 @ 4:15 pm.

What is the best pandoro? We tried out six different brands of pandoro in a blind taste test—which is the best gift idea? Best overall flavor? Here are the ones we like the best.

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Finding the Best Pandoro: Our Taste Tests!

Let’s talk pandoro!

For those of you unfamiliar with this festive treat, here is a quick 411 on pandoro!

Pandoro is a tall, star-shaped yeast cake made with a few basic ingredients: natural yeast, eggs and at least 20% butter (yes, please!).

Pandoro’s origin story

Pandoro dates back to the Renaissance—the first examples of pandoro were dusted with gold or gold leaf, hence the name “Pan de oro” (bread of gold).

The star shape originated in Verona, Italy, descending from a similar star-shaped cake called nadalin. The bakers in Verona took this and made the taller, cone-shaped pandoro.

Where it is popular today

Yes, pandoro is still popular today in Italy, along with its festive-season cousin, panettone. Yet you also see pandoro in South America—in fact, the picture at the top of this article is from Brazil!

We tried pandoro from a dozen brands (we know, a tough job) before deciding these are the best bets:

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Best From Italy

Perfect paired with coffee
Amazing! So light and fluffy, this pandoro impressed us with its unique flavor and texture. Moist and buttery.

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Best Gift Idea

So tasty
This pandoro's elegant packaging makes it an ideal gift—and the cake itself is excellent.
$25.00 ($0.78 / Fl Oz)

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Best Orange Flavor

Pricey but delicious
The orange-blossom honey flavor notes sets this pandoro apart and we loved it—so soft and delicious.
$41.98 ($1.59 / Fl Oz)

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Best Lemon Flavor

Cream filing is wonderful
Moist and fresh, this lemon pandoro had excellent texture—and the colorful packaging make it a good gift.

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Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

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When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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