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!
Table of Contents
- Yes, Chocolate Does Have Caffeine
- How Much Caffeine Does Chocolate Have?
- What About Hot Chocolate?
- Recipes With Chocolate
- Mudslide Drink
- Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
- Decadent Homemade Chocolate Pancakes
- No-Bake Chocolate Almond Energy Balls
- Easy Chocolate Mug Cake
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Earthquake Cookies)
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Latte Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug
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.
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!