Postcard from Rio: Brazilian cheese bread snack worth packing
It’s the tapioca flour, I’m told. It’s also the Brazilian (Minas) cheese, they say.
But as an addict, I’m not really sure I care at this point. All I really know is the pao de queijo are going to be hard to quit cold turkey.
They are Brazil’s versions of a doughnut, as best I can tell — a snack to have with your coffee in the morning. (Then again, they’re often set out like nacho chips at a party, too.) They are small, bite-size, cheesy puffs of bread cariocas eat in small quantities and visiting journalists eat by the dozen.
And while they apparently weren’t all that popular until a former president treated them the way Ronald Reagan used to treat jelly beans, they are quite popular now.
And they will be dearly missed, soon.