Does Coffee Ice Cream Have Caffeine?

Does coffee ice cream have caffeine in 2018? Yes and no. It depends on the maker, what type of ingredients, and if there are other added caffeine foods.

Will Coffee Ice Cream Keep You Up at Night?

If you look at your average cup of coffee, it has on average 95 milligrams of caffeine. Coffee ice cream usually has about half of that. However, there are types of coffee ice cream that contain as much caffeine as decaf coffee which would not keep you up at night.  

If you are person who has trouble sleeping at night, it is recommended that you eat your coffee ice creams before supper do ensure that you are not staying awake all night due to the caffeine content of the ice cream.

Types of Ice Cream

Different brands and types of ice cream will have different amounts of caffeine. Almost all coffee ice creams have caffeine. However, some will have more than others. It is important to note how much caffeine is roughly in your average coffee ice cream. Let us take a look at different brands to compare the caffeine count. Keep in mind that a single cup of coffee has about 95 milligrams of caffeine according to the USDA. However, decaf will have 2 milligrams of caffeine.

  • Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream: A serving size of this ice cream (½ cup) will contain about 21.6 milligrams of caffeine. This is equivalent to drinking a few sips of coffee. This is most likely not going to keep you up at night.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Buzz Buzz: This type of coffee ice cream has espresso bean fudge chunks. A serving of this ice cream (½ cup) has about 45 milligrams of caffeine. This is about half a cup of coffee. Plus, let’s face it, who can eat only a half cup of ice cream. This might keep you up at night.
  • Talenti Coffee Chocolate Chip: This is an ice cream that allows you to enjoy your favorite coffee flavor without all the caffeine. This ½ cup serving only has about 5 milligrams of caffeine. This is about the same as drinking a single cup of decaf. This is the ice cream to have before bed if you are worried about the ice cream keeping you awake.

Ice Cream Ingredients that Contain Caffeine

While coffee is the main contender for the reason ice cream will contain caffeine, there are many other reasons your ice cream could have a higher caffeine count than other types.  Keep in mind that ice cream itself does not have caffeine, the additions that are added to your ice cream are the reason caffeine is present.

If you have chocolate ice cream you are going to have small amounts of caffeine. Now add chocolate ice cream to coffee ice cream you are going to have high counts of caffeine.

Any type of chocolate candies that are added to the ice cream will provide you with small amounts of caffeine seeing how chocolate naturally has caffeine.