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Caffeine & Theobromine

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in various plants, coffee beans, tea leaves and - in small amounts - in cocoa beans. The amount of caffeine present in chocolate and cocoa-based products differs depending on the type and amount of cocoa ingredients used, including cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and chocolate liquor.

Is caffeine safe?

Most adults can consume moderate amounts of caffeine safely. Moderate consumption of caffeine can vary between people, but on average, it is considered to be 300 mg per day, which is equal to about three, 8-ounce cups of coffee (24 oz. total)1. Women who are pregnant and individuals with heart disease should check with their healthcare provider to see how much caffeine they can consume.

How do I know how much caffeine is in Hershey's products?

The amount of caffeine in chocolate products will typically vary depending on the amount of cocoa solids in the product. In Hershey's products, cocoa powder contains the highest amount of caffeine (per gram), followed by unsweetened baking chocolate. Most people are surprised to find out that milk chocolate contains relatively low amounts of caffeine. For example, a 1.55 ounce (43g) HERSHEY'S milk chocolate bar contains about 9 mg of caffeine (for comparison, an 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 65-110 mg of caffeine)1.

More information about the naturally occurring caffeine content of our products can be found in the chart below.

To learn more about Caffeine, visit: International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC)


Sources:

1Everything You Need to Know About Caffeine (2009, October 15). In Food Insight - Your Nutrition and Food Safety Resource. Retrieved February 19, 2014, from http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Everything_You_Need_to_Know_About_Caffeine



What is theobromine?

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

Is theobromine safe?

Foods containing theobromine have been part of the human diet for many years. Theobromine is safe for human consumption; however, it can be dangerous to animals, especially dogs. Dogs lack a specific enzyme and thus are unable to break down theobromine properly. If you suspect that your pet has eaten chocolate or chocolate products, immediately contact your veterinarian.

Is there a lot of theobromine in chocolate?

Dark chocolates, unsweetened baking chocolate, and cocoa powder contain more theobromine than milk chocolate and chocolate syrups. For example, a 1.55 ounce (43g) HERSHEY'S milk chocolate bar contains about 64mg of theobromine. In comparison, a 1.45 ounce (41g) of HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK chocolate contains about 176 mg of theobromine. More information about the theobromine content of our products can be found in the chart below.

Serving Size  Serving Size (g)  Caffeine (mg)* Theobromine (mg)*
ALMOND JOY Candy Bar 1 bar (1.6 oz.) 45 3 17
ALMOND JOY Candy Bar, Snack Size 1 bar (0.6 oz.) 17 1 7
ALMOND JOY Eggs 1 egg (1.1 oz.) 31 2 11
ALMOND JOY PIECES Candies 46 pieces 40 4 25
BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Flavored Candies 16 pieces 40 10 77
DAGOBA 59% Semisweet Dark Chocolate 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 40 26 221
DAGOBA Authentic Hot Chocolate 1 Tbsp. (0.5 oz.) 15 11 126
DAGOBA Cacao Powder 1 Tbsp. (0.2 oz.) 5 8 100
DAGOBA Chai Hot Chocolate 3 Tbsp. (0.5 oz.) 15 10 118
DAGOBA NEW MOON, 74% Dark Chocolate 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 40 34 287
DAGOBA ECLIPSE Extra Dark Chocolate 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 40 41 351
DAGOBA 37% Milk Chocolate 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 40 10 59
DAGOBA XOCOLATL Organic Cocoa 3 Tbsp. (0.5 oz.) 15 11 124
EAT-MORE Candy Bar 1 bar (2 oz.) 56 5 41
HERSHEY'S BITES Cookies 'n' Creme Candies 14 pieces 41 1 13
HERSHEY'S Chocolate Shell Topping 2 Tbsp. (1.2 oz.) 35 7 78
HERSHEY'S Chocolate Sugar-Free Syrup 1 Tbsp. (1.2 oz.) 35 5 56
HERSHEY'S Chocolate Syrup 2 Tbsp. (1.4 oz.) 39 5 64
HERSHEY'S Cocoa 1 Tbsp. (0.2 oz.) 5 8 100
HERSHEY'S Cookies 'n' Creme Candy Bar, Snack Size 3 bars (1.3 oz.) 38 1 13
HERSHEY'S Cookies 'n' Creme Eggs 8 pieces 38 1 8
HERSHEY'S Double Chocolate Sundae Syrup 2 Tbsp. (1.3 oz.) 38 5 55
HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Cookies 'n' Creme Candy 9 pieces 42 1 13
HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates 9 pieces 41 10 68
HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Mint Truffles Wrapped in Dark Chocolates 9 pieces 41 11 92
HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolates 9 pieces 41 20 175
HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar 1 bar (1.5 oz.) 43 9 64
HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar 1 bar (1.5 oz.) 41 7 50
HERSHEY'S Nuggets Milk Chocolate 4 pieces 41 10 68
HERSHEY'S Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Almonds 4 pieces 38 8 53
HERSHEY'S Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds 4 pieces 38 3 37
HERSHEY'S Solid Milk Chocolate Egg 7 pieces 41 10 68
HERSHEY’S TAKE5 Candy Bar 1 package (1.5 oz.) 42 2 21
HERSHEY'S BLISS Chocolate 6 pieces 43 12 81
HERSHEY'S BLISS Dark Chocolate 6 pieces 43 24 212
HERSHEY'S BLISS Dark Chocolate with a Caramel Meltaway Center 6 pieces 43 19 161
HERSHEY'S BLISS Milk Chocolate with a Crème de Menthe Meltaway Center 6 pieces 43 9 58
HERSHEY'S BLISS Milk Chocolate with a Meltaway Center 6 pieces 43 11 82
HERSHEY'S BLISS White Chocolate with a Creamy Meltaway 6 pieces 43 0 0
KIT KAT Bar 1 four-piece bar (1.5 oz.) 42 6 41
KRACKEL Chocolate Bar 1 bar (1.5 oz.) 40 8 57
MAUNA LOA Cookies & Crème Macadamia Nuts 1/4 cup (1.3 oz.) 37 1 1
MOUNDS Candy Bar 1 package (1 oz.) 25 5 36
MOUNDS Candy Bar, King Size 2 pieces (2 oz.) 49 10 71
MR. GOODBAR Chocolate Bar 1 bar (1.7 oz.) 49 9 57
OH HENRY! Candy Bar 1 bar (2 oz.) 58 3 26
REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups 1 package (1.5 oz.) 42 4 26
REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups, Miniatures 5 pieces 44 5 32
REESE'S PIECES Candy 51 pieces 40 0 0
REESE'S PIECES Eggs 12 pieces 39 0 0
REESTER BUNNY Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bunny 1 bunny 36 3 19
ROLO Caramels in Milk Chocolate 7 pieces 42 5 27
SCHARFFEN BERGER 41% Milk Chocolate Bar 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 43 18 140
SCHARFFEN BERGER 62% Mocha Bar 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 43 59 245
SCHARFFEN BERGER 62% Semi-sweet Chunks 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 43 33 278
SCHARFFEN BERGER 70% Bittersweet Chocolate Bar 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 43 33 283
SCHARFFEN BERGER 82% Extra Dark Chocolate Bar 1/2 bar (1.5 oz.) 43 42 370
SCHARFFEN BERGER Natural Cocoa Powder 1 Tbsp. (0.5 oz.) 15 25 300
SKOR Toffee Bar 1 bar (1.5 oz.) 39 4 24
SPECIAL DARK Dark Chocolate Syrup 2 Tbsp. (1.5 oz) 40 5 64
SPECIAL DARK Dark Cocoa 1 Tbsp. (0.2 oz.) 5 8 100
SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Bar 1 bar (1.5 oz.) 41 20 174
SYMPHONY Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Eggs 7 pieces 40 8 50
TWIZZLERS Chocolate Candy Twists 5 pieces 43 3 27
WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls 1 package (1.7 oz.) 49 2 29
WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls Eggs, Small 31 pieces 40 2 26
WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls Eggs, Medium 12 pieces 40 2 25
WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls Eggs, Mini 24 pieces 42 2 18
WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls Robin Eggs, Medium 1 package (2 oz.) 56 2 26
WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls, Robin Egg, Strawberry 12 pieces 40 0 1
WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls, Vanilla 18 pieces 40 0 1
YORK Peppermint Pattie 1 piece 39 6 53
YORK Peppermint, Mini 10 piece 40 8 72
YORK PIECES Candies 50 pieces 40 14 151
ZERO Candy Bar 1 bar (1.8 oz.) 52 2 19
* The amount of caffeine and theobromine will vary naturally due to growing conditions and cocoa bean sources and variety.