A great number of people cannot make it through a day without a caffeine fix. Some get it through a cup of coffee. Others get their caffeine jolt with hot chocolate. Coffee and hot chocolate have their differences, but both are best hot, dark, and rich.
The amount of caffeine in coffee and hot chocolate will vary depending upon the brand. A generic brand eight-ounce cup of coffee contains between 95 and 200 milligrams of caffeine. An eight-ounce cup of hot chocolate registers around nine milligrams.
Too much caffeine can cause headaches, heart palpitations, insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety. Caffeine can be bothersome to some people and not have an effect on others.
Caffeine can help a person stay awake, alert, and energetic. Caffeine consumption greater than 500 to 600 milligrams a day is not recommended. Large, grande, strong brewed cups of coffee can easily reach that level. Hot chocolate does even come close to a caffeine count that is considered questionable.
A cup of black coffee has no calories. A cup of pure hot chocolate rings up about 112 calories per cup. For the calorie counters, sugar-free hot chocolate mixes cut the calorie count in half, coming in with about 54 calories per cup.
A cup of hot chocolate made with milk, and containing sugar, is loaded with energy-producing carbohydrates, sugar and milk protein. The nutritional values of black coffee are nil, with the caffeine content supplying the nutritionally empty boost of energy and alertness.
For some people, taste wins out in choosing between hot chocolate and coffee. Coffee is most definitely a daily constitution for a great number of people, consumed morning, noon, night and in between. Hot chocolate is often a treat, an indulgence, and a delight.
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