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How Much Caffeine is in Dark Chocolate?

How Much Caffeine is in Dark Chocolate?

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Caffeine just might be the world’s favorite drug. Over half of the adult U.S. population drinks at least one cup of coffee every day, and tea is arguably the most popular beverage around the globe. Whether or not you drink it, you may consume caffeine in other forms throughout the day. One common source? Chocolate.


Cocoa beans naturally contain caffeine, so it makes sense that the higher the cacao content (confused about cocoa v. cacao?), the higher the caffeine level.  A 1.5-ounce serving of 70% dark chocolate contains about 20mg of caffeine, and milk chocolate drops to less than 10mg.


That’s almost negligible, compared to a cup of coffee. A standard, 8-ounce mug of home-brewed coffee has anywhere from 100-200mg of caffeine, while a 12-ounce cup of Starbucks Pike Place Roast contains about 235mg of caffeine. In terms of caffeine, one serving of dark chocolate is more comparable to a cup of green tea than black coffee.


Fortunately, both caffeine and chocolate have proven health benefits, so enjoy the boost! For chocolate bars with an extra kick, try these favorites:


Chocolate Pairings: What to Eat with Coffee

Chocolate Pairings: What to Eat with Coffee

Photo by Glen Carrie

We all know some pretty rockin’ combos: peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, cheese and crackers. What makes a good food pairing? It’s not about finding similar flavors, but finding complementary flavors that enhance each other. (Think about the first example: creamy peanut balances out tart strawberry for a delicious bite.)


Of course, chocolate is so good, it doesn’t need anything else to make an impact. But some pairings take it to the next level. That’s why we’re starting our newest series, Chocolate Pairings.


First up? Coffee.


Coffee is as complex as chocolate, with seemingly endless combinations of intensity, body, acidity, and flavor. For the best match, pick equal levels of intensity.


Dark roast + 88% dark chocolate: The bold, bitter, loud notes in a French roast enhance the layers in a high-percentage, lower-sugar bar. Try: Taza Stone-Ground Super-Dark Chocolate Disc (85%)


Medium roast + chocolate with dried fruit: Many mid-range roasts are gentle enough to allow you to take a risk with your dessert. Notes of dried cherry, berry, and licorice are playfully complemented by chocolate bars with dried cranberries or blueberries. Try: Jcoco Black Fig Pistachio


Light roast + bon bon: When you’re sipping on a breakfast blend (or blonde roast, in Starbucks speak), the light body needs to be partnered with something fuller-bodied. This is the perfect time to break out a peanut-butter-filled bar, or an indulgent bon bon that’s substantial in every bite. Try: CocoTutti cappuccino bon bon


Flavored coffee + 55% milk chocolate: Whether it’s hazelnut or pumpkin spice, a flavored coffee reaches its full potential with a little cream and sugar. Simplicity is key for this pairing: bite into a classic, smooth, creamy milk chocolate. Try: TCHO Milk Chocolate “Cacao” (53%)


Just as everyone has a different favorite chocolate, so do we have varying tastes in pairings. You might want something more sweet, like an espresso roast with white chocolate, or something more intense, like swapping for a dark chocolate with orange zest. We’re always looking for more ways to enjoy our Chococurb goodies, so share your discoveries!