Top 10 Foods and Drinks High in Caffeine

Caffeine is a chemical naturally found in several plant foods and drinks, synthetic supplemental forms of caffeine are also produced and added to foods. Due to caffeine's stimulating and addictive qualities, it is finding its way into more and more unhealthy foods including sodas, candies, and energy drinks.

The health benefits and costs of caffeine are controversial with numerous studies to document both benefits and health problems due to caffeine. The general upper intake limit (%UL) of caffeine intake is 400mg for adults, and less than 85mg for kids.

High caffeine foods and drinks include instant tea and coffee powders, espresso, dark chocolate, sweet chocolates, American style brewed coffee (americano), energy drinks, coffee liquors, black tea, soft drinks (especially colas), and baked goods containing chocolate. For all these foods and drinks the amount of caffeine should be seen as an average. The actual amount of caffeine can vary based on how strongly tea or coffee is brewed, and as to how much caffeine is added to various colas and energy drinks.


Can of Coffee

#1: Instant Tea and Coffee Powders
Caffeine in 100g 1 serving 1 tsp (1g)
5714mg (1429% UL) 40mg (10% UL)
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A cup of espresso

#2: Coffee (Espresso)
Caffeine in 100g 1 fl oz (30g)
212mg (53% UL) 62.8mg (16% UL)
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A Square of Dark Chocolate

#3: Dark Chocolate (60-69% Cacao)
Caffeine in 100g 1 oz (28g)1 bar (112g)
86mg (22% UL) 24.4mg (6% UL)96.3mg (25% UL)
Cocoa baking powder provides 198mg of caffeine per cup. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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A Kit Kat Bar

#4: Sweet Chocolate (Less than 50% Cocoa)
Caffeine in 100g 1 oz (28g)1 bar (1.45 oz) (41g)
66mg (17% UL) 18.7mg (5% UL)27.1mg (7% UL)
Chocolate syrup provides 3.6mg of caffeine per tablespoon. Sweet chocolate is high in sugar and should be limited or avoided. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


A cup of American Coffee

#5: Coffee (Americano)
Caffeine in 100g 1 fl oz (30g)1 cup (8 fl oz) (237g)
40mg (10% UL) 11.8mg (3% UL)94.8mg (24% UL)
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A generic can of energy drink

#6: Energy Drinks
Caffeine in 100g 8 fl oz (240g)
38mg (10% UL) 91.2mg (24% UL)
Energy drinks can be high in sugar and should be limited or avoided.Click to see complete nutrition facts.


Bottles of Liquor

#7: Coffee Liquors
Caffeine in 100g 1 fl oz (35g)1 serving 1.5 fl oz (52g)
26mg (7% UL) 9mg (2% UL)13.5mg (4% UL)
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A cup of black tea

#8: Black Tea
Caffeine in 100g 1 fl oz (30g)1 cup (8 fl oz) (237g)
20mg (5% UL) 5.9mg (1% UL)47.4mg (12% UL)
Green tea provides 23mg per cup.Click to see complete nutrition facts.


Soft drink can

#9: Soft Drinks (Colas)
Caffeine in 100g 1 drink, small (16 fl oz) (492g)1 drink, large (32 fl oz) (984g)
9mg (2% UL) 44.3mg (10% UL)88.6mg (20% UL)
Colas are high in sugar and should be limited or avoided. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


Several chocolate chip cookies

#10: Baked Goods and Sweets (Chocolate Chip Cookes)
Caffeine in 100g 1 serving 3 cookies (34g)1 oz (28g)
13mg (3% UL) 4.4mg (1% UL)3.7mg (1% UL)
Other baked goods high in caffeine include chocolate cake, chocolate coated cookies, and anything with chocolate frosting. Baked good and sweets are high in sugar and should be limited or avoided. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.