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Top 10 Chocolate Products Highest in Theobromine

Written by Daisy Whitbread, MScN
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. As such, 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. 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 may be a good daily target for adults. Below are the top 10 chocolate products highest in theobromine.


A glass bowl of cocoa powder

#1: Dry Cocoa Powder (100% Cocoa)
Theobromine in 100g1 cup (86g)1 tbsp (5g)
2634mg2265mg142mg
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Some squares of baking chocolate

#2: Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
Theobromine in 100g1 cup, grated (132g)1 oz square Bakers (29g)
1297mg1712mg376mg
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Some squares of 85 percent dark chocolate

#3: Dark Chocolate (70-85% Cacao Solids)
Theobromine in 100g1 bar (101g)1 oz (28g)
802mg810mg228mg
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Thin pieces of 60 percent dark chocolate

#4: Dark Chocolate (60-69% Cacao Solids)
Theobromine in 100g1 bar (112g)1 oz (28g)
632mg708mg179mg
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Some squares of lighter 45 percent chocolate

#5: Dark Chocolate (45-59% Cacao Solids)
Theobromine in 100g1 bar (162g)1 oz (28g)
493mg799mg140mg
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A bunch of semi-sweet chocolate chips

#6: Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Theobromine in 100g1 cup large chips (182g)1 oz (approx 60 pcs) (28g)
486mg885mg138mg
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Candy chocolate stacked on each other

#7: Sweet Chocolate Candies
Theobromine in 100g1 bar (1.45 oz) (41g)1 oz (28g)
426mg175mg121mg
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Chocolate covered coffee beans

#8: Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans
Theobromine in 100g1 serving 28 pieces (40g)
368mg147mg
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A plate of chocolate wafer cookies

#9: Chocolate Cookies (Wafers)
Theobromine in 100g1 wafer (6g)1 oz (28g)
354mg21mg101mg
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A mug of hot cocoa

#10: Cocoa Mix Powder
Theobromine in 100g1 serving (3 heaping tsp or 1 envelope) (28g)
323mg90mg
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Data Sources and References

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