Does chocolate naturally contain caffeine? Not really!
The truth is that chocolate, which is made from cacao beans contains just trace amounts of caffeine. What people get confused with and conveniently call it caffeine, is theobromine, a much more mild and even healthy stimulant. Theobromine is a natural stimulant found in cacao beans but it has very different properties from caffeine, and it is worth comparing.
Theobromine is a stimulant, but has a more mild effect and is more long lasting. Thus theobromine doesn’t have a “crash” or cause you to have “withdrawals”. It isn’t even considered to be addictive (although you will find Choffy is because of how it tastes and how it makes you feel when you have it).
Wikipedia has a good list of uses of theobromine in the past, including treatment for circulatory problems, edema, and heart related symptoms.
Some people think that theobromine just turns into caffeine in your body. FALSE! Caffeine actually gets broken down (metabolized) to 10% theobromine and then 90% other stuff.
Also, don’t be concerned that theobromine contains “bromine” because it doesn’t! The name comes from the genus for the cacao tree, Theobroma.
So the next time someone says that chocolate contains caffeine you’ll be ready to enlighten them on theobromine. And make them a cup of Choffy while you’re at it!