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Granola Bar
"Granola bars" were invented by Stanley Mason[7][8] and have become popular as a snack. Granola bars are usually identical to the normal form of granola in composition,[citation needed] but differ vastly in shape: Instead of a loose, breakfast cereal consistency, granola bars are pressed and baked into a bar shape, resulting in the production of a more convenient snack. The product is most popular in the United States, parts of southern Europe, Brazil, South Africa and Japan.[citation needed] Recently, Granola has begun to expand its market into India and other southeast Asian countries.[citation needed] A variety of the granola bar is the ""chewy granola bar." In this form, the time during which the oats are baked is either shortened or cut out altogether; this gives the bar a texture that is chewier than that of a traditional granola bar.[citation needed] Some[who?] question whether or not such a snack should be referred to as a granola bar; some manufacturers have been shown to prefer usage of the terms "cereal bar" and "snack bar" in order to refer to them Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey, and sometimes rice,[citation needed] that is usually baked until crispy. During the baking process the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose, breakfast cereal-type consistency. Dried fruits, usually raisins and/or dates, are sometimes also added. A bowl of granola.Besides serving as food for breakfast and/or snacks, granola is also often eaten by those who are hiking, camping, or backpacking due to the fact that it is lightweight, high in calories, and easy to store; these properties make it similar to trail mix and muesli. Granola is often eaten in combination with yogurt, honey, strawberries, bananas, milk, and/or other forms of cereal.[citation needed] It can also serve as a topping for various types of pastries and/or desserts.