When you are low on energy and need a bit of a boost, some people turn to coffee to give them that pick me up. And others will grab a chocolate bar to power them through. With that in mind, does chocolate have caffeine in it? And if so, how much?
Before we get to the caffeine content, remember we make chocolate from cocoa beans which we liquefy, producing butter and solids, caffeine is found only in the cocoa solids.
The caffeine content in chocolate depends on the type, except white chocolate, which has no caffeine. The darker the chocolate, the higher the caffeine amount.
Milk chocolate contains nine milligrams (mg) of caffeine per 1.5 ounces. In comparison, dark chocolate has 12 mg per once ounce. When comparing that to coffee, the average cup of coffee has 95 mg. So, if you’re looking to replace your morning cup of Joe with a chocolate bar and want the same effect, you may still want to keep that cup of coffee on hand.
However, these numbers can also vary as some chocolate bars, such as energy bars, will have more caffeine added. It’s always best to read the labels if you want less or more of a boost.
When comparing that to coffee, the average cup of coffee has 95 mg.
Cocoa beans also contain Theobromine, which gives dark chocolate its bitter taste. Theobromine may have anti-inflammatory properties and lower tumor growths. It’s naturally occurring and can even help boost mood and alertness. Just don’t consume too much as it can have a negative effect on your mood. And if you’re caffeine sensitive, you may not want to eat chocolate so close to bedtime.
Dark chocolate is especially good for you as it can boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, improve brain functions, and have many other health benefits.
Now while chocolate isn’t a replacement for your cup of coffee, it doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy it. And at Lazar’s Chocolate, we have plenty of dark and milk chocolate products for you. From handcrafted chocolates to the standard solid chocolate bar. We also carry themed chocolates for various functions and holidays such as graduations, teacher and student appreciation, and many more.
For more information on our products and store locations and to place an order, visit our website or call us at (516)829-5785. We will answer any questions you may have. Contact Lazar’s today!