First the disclosure- I have never eaten a panettone. But I see them everywhere in December. I understand that around this time of the year Italians enjoy these as a Christmas sweet. Some industrial-produced store-bought ones are a few dollars each. But I see ‘artisan’ ones everywhere, and they cost like $40, $50 or even more each.
Why are they so expensive? And are they so much better than the cheap ones? The ingredient list for the expensive ones doesn’t seem to contain pricey ingredients.
So I am genuinely perplexed. Please don’t take this question as confrontational. I am just genuinely ignorant about this topic. Thanks.