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Top 10 Chocolate Products Highest in Theobromine

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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Top 10 Chocolate Products Highest in Theobromine

Theobromine is an alkaloid chemical primarily found in the cocoa plant, though also to a lesser extent in tea leaves and the cola nut. Cocoa and chocolate are the main foods high in theobromine.

Theobromine acts somewhat like caffeine in the body, and can be considered a stimulant.

Theobromine widens blood vessels and causes increased urination, and as such, can be used to lower blood pressure. (2) Cocoa and chocolate is also very high in potassium, adding to its potential to help with hypertension (high blood pressure).

Healthy chocolate products high in theobromine include cocoa powder, baking chocolate, and dark chocolate. Less desirable sources include semisweet chocolate, chocolate candy, chocolate wafers, and hot chocolate mixes.

There is no set daily value or adequate intake for theobromine, however, 250mg is a good daily target for adults. An excess of 1000mg may lead to nervousness and headache. (2,3) Also, avoid giving chocolate to dogs and cats. (4) See the warning section for more info.

Below are the top 10 chocolate products highest in theobromine.


Chocolates High in Theobromine

Thick dark chocolate squares melting

#1: Baking Chocolate (Unsweetened)

Theobromine per 1oz SquareTheobromine per 100g
376mg1297mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
Thin dark chocolate squares

#2: Dark Chocolate (70-85% Cocoa)

Theobromine per 1oz SquareTheobromine per 100g
228mg802mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dark Chocolate (70-85% Cocoa)
Two squares of dark chocolate

#3: Dark Chocolate (60-69% Cocoa)

Theobromine per 1oz SquareTheobromine per 100g
179mg632mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dark Chocolate (60-69% Cocoa)
Chocolate candy bars stacked on each other

#4: Sweet Chocolate Candies

Theobromine per 1.5oz BarTheobromine per 100g
175mg426mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Sweet Chocolate
A cup of hot cocoa

#5: Hot Cocoa

Theobromine per CupTheobromine per 100g
170mg68mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Hot Cocoa
Chocolate coffee beans

#6: Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans

Theobromine per oz(28 Beans)Theobromine per 100g
147mg368mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans
Cocoa Powder

#7: Cocoa Powder

Theobromine per TblspTheobromine per 100g
142mg2634mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cocoa Powder With Alkali
Segment of a dark chocolate bar

#8: Dark Chocolate (45-59% Cocoa)

Theobromine per 1oz SquareTheobromine per 100g
140mg493mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Dark Chocolate (45-59% Cocoa)
Semi-sweet chocolate chips

#9: Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Theobromine per 1oz HandfulTheobromine per 100g
138mg486mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Semisweet Chocolate
Stacks of chocolate wafers

#10: Chocolate Wafers

Theobromine per WaferTheobromine per 100g
21mg354mg
Source: Nutrition Facts for Cookies Chocolate Wafers

Theobromine Poison Warning

  • 800-1500mg of theobromine in one dose may lead to sweating, trembling and severe headaches. (3)
  • Theobromine is toxic in dogs and cats and can lead to death. Avoid giving pets chocolate. (4)

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.
  2. Differential contributions of theobromine and caffeine on mood, psychomotor performance and blood pressure.
  3. NIH Toxnet on Theobromine
  4. The British Medical Journal on Chocolate Poisoning.
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