Surprisingly th Bimbo panettone I bought at the supermarket was actually very good. It had the texture of King's Hawaiian bread. High on the ingredient list was egg yolks and the richness came through. The candied fruit looked like the usual red, green, yellow citrus peels, but looking at the ingredient list it was colored papaya. It was made with sugar and not HFCS.
I can't say if this is the same recipe in the US. This was made in Peru and distributed thru Central America. It was good enough that I'll probably buy one in the US next year to see how it compares. Seriously, this is the only product I've ever bought with the Bimbo name package that was any good.
So, what pannetone are you buying this year?
Here's some posts from previous years and a few suggestions from them
Williams Sonomoa Sorini Pannetone
Trader Joe's house brand
Panbriacone, a Tuscan artisan panettone-style bread made by Pasticceria Bonci
Emporio Rulli (available mail order outside of California. I highly recommend)
Bauducco (another South American version I bought in the US one year. Very good)
Madi Gran Panettone from Costco
Entenmans Panettone (from Peru)
Whole Foods house brand
Ferrara's Little Italy in NYC (mail order available)
The 2007 Pannetone Roundup
Panettone makes me happy -- but why?
Mail order Panettone - Ideas??
Panettone with no HFCS
Panettone rules … how to select and eat Toni’s bread (pan del Ton)