Cheese buns or cheese breads may refer to a variety of small, baked, cheese-flavored rolls, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. Cheese buns may be made with cassava and or corn starch, and cheese. In countries where the snack is popular, it is inexpensive and often sold from street vendors, bakeries, in snack shops, and in grocery stores.
Pão de queijo is the classic Brazilian cheese bread. It is considered the most representative recipe of Minas Gerais.
In Colombia, there is a very similar product to Brazilian cheese bread, except for its traditional format (flattened) called pan de bone or pandebono. Like the cheese bread, pandebono has a spongy texture, low density, and which hardens in a short time, characteristics that are attributed to the sour cassava starch, known in the country as yuca, which is obtained the same way as in Brazil.
Paraguay and Argentina provinces in the Northeast (Formosa, Chaco, Misiones and Corrientes) also have a variation of cheese bread, called chipa or chipá, respectively. The main difference between the chipa and the cheese bread is the "U" shape of the former.
In Ecuador, there is also the pan de yuca, which is almost exactly the same as the Brazilian pão de queijo, with all the same texture, shape and flavour. In Ecuador, it has become a habit to eat the pan de yuca accompanied by fruit yoghurt.