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Taste Test: Granola Bars (and Friends)

Sometimes, you just have to eat a granola bar. Maybe you want a rib-eye steak, but you're stuck on a wildernessy trail or just at your cubicle, and the rectangular snack is all you got. There was a day when the Quaker Chewys were the leader of the pack. But the granola bar aisle has come a long way, expanding into bars with flax seed, exotic dried fruits (exotic as in, beyond just raisins), and pumpkin seeds (when it's not even October!). We tried about 20 snack bars, in search of the most satisfying ones that didn't just taste like candy. No offense, candy, but this isn't your taste test. Find out which bars were our favorites. More

Brazil Nuts: The Forgotten Nut

"I can't remember ever seeing Brazil nuts in anything besides a bowl of mixed nuts." Brazil nuts at Campo dei Fiori in Rome. [Photograph: Lee Zalben] I was in Italy not too long ago when I came across this interesting-looking snack. Intrigued by the words noci brasiliane, I realized I was looking at a granola bar made with Brazil nuts, something I'd never seen before. As the name would suggest, the Brazil nut tree grows in South America. The nuts are somewhat high in saturated fat, which I presume is why they're not promoted as being "heart healthy" the way peanuts and some tree nuts are. Brazil nuts have always intrigued me—the shell itself is so mysterious-looking. Then there's their... More

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