How much Caffeine is in Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans?

Chocolate and coffee have a lot in common, they are both rich in nutrients and antioxidants. But what they also have in common is a high level of caffeine. Does that mean that chocolate-covered espresso beans are overflowing with the drug? Not quite, but let us explain.

Do Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Have Caffeine?

Chocolate-covered espresso beans usually contain natural caffeine. This is because every one of these candies is a roasted coffee bean on the inside. After the coffee bean is roasted, it is drowned in melted chocolate. Doing so creates a tasty chocolate coating that enriches and indulges the taste of roasted coffee.

How Much Caffeine Is in One Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean?

Every bean of coffee is different so it’s nearly impossible to know for sure how much caffeine is in an individual coffee bean. Having said that, we make an educated guess using the average caffeine levels in chocolate-covered coffee beans.

For an average coffee bean, you can expect a coffee bean to contain 6-7mg of caffeine per gram. However, this value can be different depending on the type of coffee beans used. Robusta coffee beans contain 22mg of caffeine per gram while Arabica coffee beans contain 12mg per gram.

Most chocolates contain some amount of caffeine in them, except for white chocolate. Dark chocolate contains the highest amount of caffeine at 4.3mg per gram while other chocolates average around 0.8mg per gram.

Chocolate-covered coffee beans are mostly made using Arabica coffee beans for their smooth texture and naturally sweet taste. Chocolate-covered coffee beans can be made using any kind of chocolate. Taken together, the average caffeine content in a chocolate-covered espresso bean is around 13-17mg per gram.


Factors Determining Caffeine Levels in Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

The kind of chocolate used to make the chocolate-covered espresso bean matters the most when it comes to determining the caffeine levels. You can use milk chocolate, white chocolate, or even dark chocolate for the candies.

The darker the chocolate, the greater the concentration of caffeine. This is because milk chocolate typically has less cocoa and more milk which leads to lower caffeine levels. The finest types of milk chocolate contain a maximum of 55% cocoa while the common ones have 30% cocoa.

Dark chocolate on average is 60% to 90% pure cocoa. This makes the covered espresso beans extremely high in caffeine. Depending on the type of dark chocolate and its caffeine level, a small serving (a handful) of dark chocolate-coated espresso beans can deliver 90mg to 180mg of caffeine to your body.

By comparison, regular brewed cup of coffee averages just under 100mg of caffeine and an energy drink often contains about 300mg.

Best Type of Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

The best type of chocolate-covered espresso bean depends on your preference. If you do not mind the bitter taste of dark chocolate and roasted coffee at the same time, a dark chocolate mix will be a good fit for you.

The dark chocolate mix is known to be very beneficial for your health. They contain antioxidants that can boost your immunity. It also helps improve focus and is great at waking you up. Dark chocolate coffee beans are low in calories compared to white or milk chocolate mix so they’re good for people watching their weight.

Still, if you have a sweet tooth, milk or white chocolate mixes are great candidates. Between the two of them, the presence of a small amount of cocoa in milk chocolate can make it healthier compared to white chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Final Thoughts

No matter what type of chocolate-covered espresso beans you choose, you can always enjoy the taste of roasted Arabica beans with a chocolate coating of your choice.

The total caffeine levels in a chocolate-covered espresso beans aren’t too high but if you are trying to be mindful of your caffeine intake, just be sure not to eat too many of them.

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Evelyn J Stafford

Evelyn is a Coffee enthusiast and writer for Wins Coffee Bar. Her work has appeared in Bean Scene, The Home Kitchen and other publications.

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