March is Caffeine Awareness Month. Let’s dig right in and answer an important question:
How Much Caffeine Is In Chocolate?
Not as much as you may think. In fact, many will be overjoyed by what they read here. Yes, there is caffeine in chocolate, but in very small amounts. For those who need to avoid caffeine completely, this is very bad news! For those who can tolerate caffeine, the amount in chocolate is not likely to be a problem unless you consume mass quantities of chocolate on a regular basis (around a pound of chocolate a day or more).
Dark chocolate has more caffeine than milk chocolate since there is more cocoa mass present in the bar. Milk chocolate measures at about 5 milligrams of caffeine per ounce, while dark or unsweetened can measure between 5-10 milligrams caffeine per ounce of chocolate. To put this in perspective, the Amano Dos Rios bar is 2.0 ounces, which is a lot of high quality chocolate to eat in one sitting.
Compare Chocolate, Tea and Coffee
Let’s compare a 1 oz serving of chocolate to an 8 oz serving of tea and coffee. Caffeine levels can vary depending on roast and bean variety.
|Dark Chocolate||10-20 mg/1 oz serving|
|Milk Chocolate||10 mg/1 oz serving|
|Coffee||100-150 mg/8 oz serving|
|Decaf Coffee||5 mg/8 oz serving|
|Green Tea||15-40 mg/8 oz serving|
|Black Tea||50 mg/8 oz serving|
As you can see in the chart above, you would have to eat an entire 2.0 ounce dark chocolate bar of Amano to get the same caffeine as one 8 ounce cup of green tea. Even decaf coffee has caffeine. Two cups of decaf and you are already in for the same amount of caffeine as a serving of healthy, delicious dark chocolate. Ditch the decaf and go for chocolate!
Quality vs. Quantity
The premium chocolate from Drexelius Chocolates provides such wonderful flavor and enjoyment that you do not have to eat an entire bar to feel satisfied. Ergo…less caffeine is consumed. Chocolate does contain another very closely related substance called theobromine in much larger levels, but we should discuss that in another post. Soon. Promise!
In the meantime, order some incredibly delicious chocolate from Drexelius Chocolates today and savor the rest of Caffeine Awareness Month.
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