Caffeine in Chocolate

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018

Caffeine in Chocolate

Customers often ask how much caffeine is in a chocolate bar. Some of them are looking for an afternoon pick me up, while others are concerned about the side effects of caffeine. There is a common misconception that chocolate has as much caffeine as coffee or black teas. The truth of the matter is that chocolate actually contains very little caffeine. In fact you would have to eat about a half a pound of dark chocolate to get the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Caffeine is even lower in milk chocolate, and non-existent in white chocolate.

But despite this, many claim that chocolate gives them a boost when they are tired or may keep them up at night. Chocolate is made from cacao beans, and cacao contains theobromine. Theobromine is a mild stimulant and it increases your serotonin levels resulting in that feel good effect that can last several hours. It doesn’t have the heart racing punch of caffeine that coffee has. Another factor to be considered is sugar. If you are eating some very sweet chocolate bonbons and feel a rush it is probably a sugar rush and has nothing to do with the natural stimulants in chocolate. You can read more about this topic at http://www.caffeine-content.com/caffeine-in-chocolate/caffeine-content-in-chocolate/  and http://www.amanochocolate.com/articles/how-much-caffeine-is-in-chocolate/

So for those who are trying to distance themselves from the effects of caffeine, chocolate is a safe alternative that has many other health benefits. For those who want both the punch of coffee and the happiness of chocolate, we have our Raspberry Espresso Bar to wake you up and put you in a good mood.

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