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Does Chocolate Have Caffeine?

Wondering if chocolate has caffeine? Find out how much caffeine is in dark, milk and white chocolate. We’ll also discover how much caffeine is in hot chocolate!

Yes, Chocolate Does Have Caffeine

Chocolate does contain caffeine, although the amount can vary depending on the type and quantity of chocolate. Dark chocolate generally contains more caffeine than milk chocolate because it has a higher percentage of cocoa solids. However, the caffeine content in chocolate is typically lower compared to coffee or tea.

How Much Caffeine Does Chocolate Have?

That depends on what kind of chocolate you are eating and what the percentage of cacao solids is. Overall, here is a general guideline:

  • Dark chocolate. On average, a 1-ounce serving of dark chocolate contains about 12 milligrams of caffeine
  • Milk chocolate. A 1-ounce serving has around 9 milligrams.
  • White chocolate. This kind of chocolate does not contain any caffeine because all the cacao solids have been removed. White chocolate is made only from cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids.
Two mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows shaped like hearts

What About Hot Chocolate?

In its traditional form, hot chocolate made from cocoa powder or chocolate does contain a small amount of caffeine. However, the caffeine content in hot chocolate is generally much lower compared to other caffeinated beverages like coffee or tea.

The exact amount of caffeine can vary depending on the brand, type of chocolate used, and the specific recipe. On average, 1 cup of hot chocolate contains about 5mg of caffeine vs. 95mg in 1 cup of coffee.

If you’re looking for a caffeine-free option, there are also decaffeinated hot chocolate mixes available on the market. It’s always a good idea to check the packaging or consult the product information to get an idea of the caffeine content in the specific hot chocolate product you’re using.

Recipes With Chocolate

Want to try some recipes featuring chocolate? Here some of are my favorites:

Mudslide drink on a serving dish in front of ingredients

Mudslide Drink

This Mudslide drink is made with vanilla ice cream, Kahlua, vodka, and creme de cacao. Poured into a tall glass dipped in chocolate, this creamy cocktail is topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings!

Top view of a homemade Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino in a glass

Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

Want to enjoy a Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino without driving to Starbucks? You got it! This easy recipe lets you make a copycat version in less than 5 minutes.

A stack of chocolate pancakes with syrup being poured on top

Decadent Homemade Chocolate Pancakes

These fluffy chocolate pancakes elevate breakfast to a decadent treat! They are not overly sweet, which means you can add maple syrup, whipped cream, and your other favorite pancake toppings with abandon.

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

These Chocolate Almond Energy Balls are perfect for an early morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up. Sweetened with dates and a hint of chocolate, they’re a healthy treat that everyone in my household loves!

A chocolate cake in a mug topped with ice cream and sprinkles

Easy Chocolate Mug Cake

This easy chocolate mug cake recipe is the perfect quick fix dessert. No need to make an entire cake with the satisfying single-serving treat.

Chocolate sugar cookies cooling on parchment paper

Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Earthquake Cookies)

These chocolate sugar cookies have chewy centers, crisp edges, and the perfect amount of sparkly sugar on top. An easy cookie recipe that a favorite in our house!

Two pumpkin chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of one another, both with bites missing.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cozy up with this easy recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies this fall. These irresistibly tender and chewy chocolate chip cookies are filled with rich pumpkin flavor and warm autumn spices.

Stack of 5 cafe latte cookies

Chocolate Chip Latte Cookies

Want a mid-afternoon pick-me-up that goes beyond a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea? Try these cafe latte cookies! My husband, who swears he’s not a cookie snob but TOTALLY IS, loves these cookies. Up until I created this recipe, his favorite chocolate chip cookies were made with Alton Brown’s recipe. But these ones, he says are right up there with ABs. High praise!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies cooling on a wire rack

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are soft, chewy, and rolled in two kinds of sugar before baking. A classic Christmas cookie recipe that’s perfect for the holiday season.

Close up of no bake cookies on parchment paper

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This chocolate no bake cookies are made oatmeal, chocolate and almond butter plus a few other simple ingredients. The end result is chewy, fudgy chocolate cookies that require zero baking time!

A rustic mug with a chocolate chip cookie in it topped with ice cream

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

This chocolate chip cookie in a mug is ready to eat in 4 minutes! Make a perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookie in your microwave, add your favorite toppings, then dig in.

Sources: Healthline, WebMD

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