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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:
- Manoa Breakfast Bar, with cacao nibs and espresso beans grown on Oahu’s famous North Shore
- Taza Coffee Chocolate Mexicano Disc, an intricately textured bite with stone-ground chocolate and coffee beans
- Theo Congo Coffee and Cream Milk Chocolate, a milk chocolate bar with fair-trade coffee, cocoa, and vanilla from Eastern Congo
- Forte White Swan Espresso Bar, a light twist on the concept, with creamy white chocolate and finely ground espresso
- Rococo Earl Grey Tea, for those that prefer black tea to coffee
- Dolfin Thé Vert Sencha, a green-tea-infused milk chocolate bar from Belgium