When you first see them, you naturally wonder do chocolate covered espresso beans have caffeine? I know, I have had that question buzzing around my mind with the additional curiosity of how much caffeine do they have.
Rather than drag out the answer, here it is in plain simple English if you are in a rush. A single bean has 12 mg of caffeine.
But how much is in a 40 gram packet and a 50 gram packet from Starbucks? Keep reading to find out!
Do Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Have Caffeine?
Yes, chocolate covered espresso beans have on average 360 milligrams per 40 gram packet. After checking various sellers of both chocolate covered espresso beans and chocolate covered coffee beans, I found the average number of beans in a 40 gram packet was 30.
Thus, it can be calculated that each individual chocolate covered espresso bean or chocolate covered coffee bean has 12 mg of caffeine per bean.
Starbucks Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
Starbucks chocolate covered espresso beans are the tastiest espresso beans with a chocolate coating that you will find outside the gourmet chocolate coffee beans that are more difficult to find and get delivered (often they melt during delivery, sadly).
They are the same espresso roasted beans that they use to brew their espresso shots and many other coffee beverages in their outlets. They just add a great and tasty dark chocolate coating.
Singer packet is a serving size of 50 grams and contains on average 40 chocolate coated arabica coffee beans.
Does Starbucks Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Have Caffeine?
The amount of caffeine content of each chocolate coated arabic coffee bean is 12 milligrams on average, meaning that a whole packet has 480 mg.
Be careful of your caffeine intake as 400 mg per day is the suggested daily maximum intake per day for healthy adults and 200 mg for pregnant ladies.
Knowing how much caffeine is in each bean will help you manage your caffeine intake.
Starbucks Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Calories
Each 50 gram packet of Starbucks chocolate covered espresso beans has 260 calories:
Here are some more nutritional facts of a 50 gram serving:
- Calories: 260
- Protein: 3 grams
- Sugar: 22 grams.
- Sodium: 10 mg.
- Fat: 15 grams.
- Cholesterol: 5 mg.
- Caffeine Content: 480 mg.
Each individual bean has, on average:
- Calories: 6.5.
- Protein: 0.075.
- Sugar: 0.55 grams
- Sodium: 0.25 mg.
- Fat: 0.375 grams.
- Cholesterol: 0.125 mg.
- Caffeine: 12 mg.
Are Starbucks Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Gluten Free?
Yes, if you are on a gluten-free diet or can’t consume gluten you have nothing to worry about as Starbucks chocolate covered espresso beans are gluten-free.
How Much Are Starbucks Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans?
A single 50-gram packet of Starbucks chocolate covered espresso beans will cost you approximately US$5 depending on the time of year and your location.
The price varies due to seasonality and is more expensive during holiday seasons and is more expensive in major cities like New York and Los Angeles than smaller cities and towns.
You can also make your own chocolate covered espresso beans and make them healthier by using organic sugar-free cacao and make them tastier by using single origin coffee beans.
If they are too bitter for you, you can sweeten with honey, maple syrup, stevia, agave or whatever alternative sweetener.
It is a matter of making chocolate and covering your espresso beans in the melted chocolate. Leave them on a sheet of wax paper to cool down.
Do Espresso Beans Have Caffeine?
Yes, of course espresso beans have caffeine. On average, each espresso bean covered in chocolate has 12 milligrams of caffeine. With an average 40 gram packet having 30 beans meaning a packet has 360 grams of caffeine.
Starbucks serves a 50 gram packet and 40 beans, meaning it has a total caffeine content of 480 mg.
How Many Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans Can I Eat?
The average caffeine content of a chocolate covered espresso bean has 12 mg of caffeine per bean, meaning you can safely consume 33 beans before you go over the 400 mg daily limit as suggested for healthy adults. I suggest 32 as a maximum per day to be on the safe side.
For pregnant ladies the safe amount is 200 mg per day which translates to the equivalent of 12 espresso beans.
Frequently Asked Questions About Do Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Have Caffeine?
How Much Caffeine Is In Chocolate Covered espresso beans compared to a cup of coffee?
A typical cup of coffee has 120 mg of caffeine. The amount of caffeine in a chocolate-covered espresso bean is 12 milligrams on average, meaning 10 chocolate-covered espresso beans are the same as a cup of coffee.
Is It Safe To Eat Chocolate Espresso Beans?
Yes, I have eaten the chocolate espresso beans from Starbucks and a few other brands. I’ve also made my own at home. Roasted coffee beans are safe to eat. Make sure your coffee beans are at least of a medium-dark roast as the lighter the roast, the harder the beans are. Blonde and light roast may break your teeth!
Is Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Safe During Pregnancy?
Keep in mind that your daily limit for all caffeine in a single 24-hour period is 200 mg for pregnant ladies. On average, a chocolate covered espresso bean has 12 mg of caffeine, meaning you have 16 are the maximum that you can consume in a single day.
Will Chewing Coffee Beans Wake You Up?
Yes, chewing half a dozen coffee beans is the equivalent of one shot of espresso beans in terms of caffeine content. Yes, eating coffee beans will wake you up.
Is Chocolate Caffeine The Same As Coffee Caffeine?
The caffeine molecule in chocolate is the same as the caffeine molecule in coffee.
There is a reduced amount of caffeine in chocolate when compared to coffee. However, this is fully dependent on the way that chocolate is consumed, the percentage of cocoa and the brewing method of the coffee in question.
An 8 ounce (240 ml) cup of brewed coffee has 120 mg of caffeine while an 8 ounce cup of hot chocolate with dark chocolate of 80% cocoa has 12 milligrams of caffeine.
Is It Bad To Have Espresso Before Bed?
Yes, espresso has a high concentration of caffeine, typically 75 mg per shot and having one at bedtime will likely keep you awake. Caffeine has a half life of 6 hours, and thus it is recommended that you avoid all caffeine 6 to 8 hours before bedtime.
What Is The Difference Between Espresso And Coffee Beans?
Espresso beans are roasted at a slightly higher temperature and for longer to create a darker roast and a deeper, bolder and more intense flavor than regular coffee beans. The flavor of Espresso beans is more from the roasting process than the coffee beans.
How Many Espresso Beans Can You Eat Safely?
At Latte Love Brew we encourage you to stick to the recommended daily limit of 400 mg per day of caffeine for healthy adults and 200 mg per day of caffeine for pregnant ladies.
Given that 12 mg of caffeine is in each espresso bean on average a pregnant lady should consume no more than 16 while a healthy adult should consume no more than 32 beans.
Final Thoughts – Do Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Have Caffeine?
If you have read this far, you know the answer to the question do chocolate covered espresso beans have caffeine and how much caffeine there is in a single bean and a whole 40 gram and 50 gram bag.
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