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Caffeine & Theobromine

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant naturally found in cocoa beans as well as in coffee beans and tea. The amount of caffeine present in chocolate and cocoa-based products differs depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingredients.

Cocoa powder contains the highest amount of caffeine followed by unsweetened baking chocolate. Dark chocolates will vary considerably in the amount of caffeine.

Most people are surprised to find out that milk chocolate contains relatively low amounts of caffeine. For example, a 1.55 ounce HERSHEY’S milk chocolate bar contains about 9 mg of caffeine, or 9-14% of the amount of caffeine in a standard cup of coffee.

A standard cup of coffee contains 65-100 mg of caffeine.

A standard cup of coffee contains
65-100 mg of caffeine.1


Theobromine

The cocoa bean is nature’s most concentrated source of theobromine, a compound closely related to caffeine.

Due to its natural occurrence in cocoa beans, theobromine is also a component of all chocolate products, though the amount will vary depending on how much and which ingredients are used.

Dark chocolates, unsweetened baking chocolate, and cocoa powder contain more theobromine than milk chocolates and chocolate syrups. For example, a 1.55 ounce (43 g) HERSHEY’S milk chocolate bar contains about 64 mg of theobromine. In comparison, a 1.45 ounce (41g) of HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK chocolate contains about 176 mg of theobromine.

Read more about Theobromine and Your Pets

Cocoa Beans

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Product Serving
(g) 
Caffeine
(mg)2
Theobromine
(mg)2
Milk Chocolate
HERSHEY'S BLISS Milk Chocolate 6 pieces (43 g) 12 81
HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates 9 pieces (41 g) 9 61
HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate 1.55 oz (43 g) 9 64
HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds 1.45 oz (41 g) 7 50
DAGOBA Organic Milk Chocolate (37% Cacao) ½ bar (40 g) 9 53
SCHARFFEN BERGER 41% Cacao Milk Chocolate ½ bar (43 g) 17 139
Dark Chocolate
DAGOBA Organic Dark 59% Semisweet Chocolate ½ bar (40 g) 26 216
HERSHEY’S BLISS Dark Chocolate 6 pieces (43 g) 25 215
SCHARFFEN BERGER 62% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate ½ bar (43 g) 30 252
SCHARRFEN BERGER 82% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate ½ bar (43 g) 42 367
SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate 1.45oz (41 g) 20 176
Other Confectionery
HERSHEY’S Miniatures, Assorted 4 pieces (45 g) 4 41
REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups 2 cups (42 g) 4 26
REESE’S PIECES Candy 51 pieces (40 g) 0 0
TWIZZLER Chocolate Twists 4 pieces (45 g) 4 41
YORK Peppermint Pattie 1 piece (39 g) 6 53
Baking or Grocery Products
HERSHEY’S Cocoa 1 tbsp (5g) 8 100
HERSHEY’S Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips 1 tbsp (15 g) 7 55
HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa 1 tbsp (5 g) 8 96
HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips 1 tbsp (15 g) 7 64
HERSHEY’S Syrup 2 tbsp (39 g) 5 64
HERSHEY’S Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar 1 block (14 g) 17 157
2 The amount of caffeine and theobromine will vary naturally due to growing conditions and cocoa bean sources and variety.