Can You Get a Caffeine Buzz from Chocolate and Cocoa?

Soft drinks, coffee, and tea aren’t the only sources of caffeine. The attention-boosting chemical is also found in chocolate drinks and candy, too. But the amounts can be pretty small. Most people won’t feel the effects of 10 mg or less of caffeine (some decaf coffees have that much).

Coffee-flavored frozen desserts are a different story. Some contain 40 mg or more of caffeine, about the same as a cup of tea or weak coffee.

Affogato coffee with ice cream
Affogato coffee with ice cream

Here’s a list of the caffeine levels in some popular chocolate products and frozen desserts.

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hot chocolate and chocolate candy

  • Starbucks Hot Chocolate (grande, 16 fl. oz.) – 25 mg
  • Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar (1 bar, 1.5 oz.) – 20 mg
  • Hershey’s Kisses (9 pieces, 1.4 oz.) – 10 mg
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (1 bar, 1.6 oz.) – 9 mg
  • Hershey’s Cocoa (1 Tbs.) – 8 mg
  • Dove Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises (5 pieces, 1.4 oz.) – 4 mg
  • Silk Soymilk – Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, or Light Chocolate (8 fl. oz.) – 4 mg
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Lowfat Milk, bottle (12 fl. oz.) – 2 mg

coffee-flavored frozen desserts

  • Bang!! Caffeinated Ice Cream, all flavors (4 fl. oz.) – 125 mg
  • Ben & Jerry’s Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz (4 fl. oz.) – 45 mg
  • Cold Stone Creamery Coffee Ice Cream (Gotta Have It, 12 fl. oz.) – 40–45 mg
  • TCBY Coffee Soft Serve (13 fl. oz) – 40 mg
  • Dannon All Natural Coffee Lowfat Yogurt (6 oz.) – 30 mg
  • Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream (4 fl. oz.) – 29 mg
  • Stonyfield Gotta Have Java Nonfat Frozen Yogurt (4 fl. oz.) – 28 mg
  • Baskin Robbins Jamoca Ice Cream (4 fl. oz.) – 20 mg
  • Dreyer’s or Edy’s Grand Ice Cream—Coffee or Espresso Chip (4 fl. oz.) – 17 mg
  • Breyers Coffee Ice Cream (4 fl. oz.) – 11 mg
  • Häagen-Dazs Coffee Almond Crunch Snack Size Bar (1.9 oz.) – 10 mg
  • Dreyer’s, Edy’s, or Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream (4 fl. oz.) – less than 1 mg

 

First posted in 2014 and updated regularly since then. Information was obtained from company Web sites or direct inquires.

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