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How Much Caffeine is in Dr Pepper 10? (2024 Detailed Breakdown!)

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Caffeine (serving: 12 fl oz)
51 mg
Caffeine (mg / fl oz)
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Dr Pepper has been around for an incredibly long time and was first marketed to American consumers in 1885. The drink is a combination of 23 fruit flavors and is well-known for having a distinctive taste that’s difficult to describe. Recently, a new flavor of Dr Pepper was introduced with great success, Dr Pepper 10.

According to the company’s marketing material, Dr Pepper 10 has 10 calories and a “bolder” taste. The now popular soft drink also has more caffeine than regular Dr Pepper, which begs the question; how much caffeine is in Dr Pepper 10? In a 12-ounce can of Dr Pepper 10, there are 51 milligrams of caffeine, a relatively low amount. Read on to see how that number stacks up to some of your other favorite soft drinks.

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How Much Caffeine Do Other Soft Drinks Contain?

A good way to compare the caffeine content of today’s most popular soft drinks is to compare them to coffee. You can see that the average cup of coffee has far more caffeine than most “regular” soft drinks like Pepsi and Coca-Cola, including Dr Pepper 10.

For example, the average cup of Joe (6 ounces) contains about 100 milligrams of caffeine, while a shot of espresso has about 70 milligrams. The average soft drink, on the other hand, contains about 25 to 50 milligrams of caffeine, which is obviously far less. Dr Pepper 10 has 51 milligrams of caffeine, which is far less than coffee or espresso.

When you look at soft drinks that purposefully put more caffeine in their formula, like Monster Energy, things change drastically. A 12-ounce can of this popular soft drink has 160 milligrams of caffeine, while Bang Energy has a whopping 300 milligrams in every 12-ounce serving.

Caffeine Content vs. Regular Soft Drinks

Soft drinks like Dr Pepper 10 and many others put extra caffeine into their formula to give consumers the morning (or afternoon) jolt they want to get things done. Surprisingly, Dr Pepper 10 doesn’t have much more caffeine than most “regular” soft drinks. Below is a comparison chart of some of the major soft drink brands so you can see how they compare to Dr Pepper 10.

Soft Drink Serving Size Caffeine Content
Dr Pepper 10 12 fl oz 51 milligrams
A&W Root Beer 12 fl oz 0 milligrams
Coca-Cola Cherry 12 fl oz 34 milligrams
Coca-Cola Classic 12 fl oz 34 milligrams
Regular Black Coffee 12 fl oz 240 milligrams
Dr Pepper 12 fl oz 42 milligrams
Fanta 12 fl oz 0 milligrams
Ginger Ale 12 fl oz 0 milligrams
Mello Yello 12 fl oz 51 milligrams
Red Bull 12 fl oz 80 milligrams
Mountain Dew 12 fl oz 54 milligrams
Orang Crush 12 fl oz 0 milligrams
Pepsi 12 fl oz 38 milligrams
Red Bull 8.46 fl oz 80 milligrams
Sprite 12 fl oz 0 milligrams

Caffeine Content vs Extra Caffeine Soft Drinks

How does Dr Pepper 10 compare to energy drinks that put extra caffeine in their formulas? Below is a chart to show you just that.

Soft Drink Serving Size Caffeine Content
Dr Pepper 10 12 fl oz 51 milligrams
ALL IN Energy Drink 12 fl oz 75 milligrams
Amp Energy Drink 12 fl oz 80 milligrams
Bang Energy 16 fl oz 300 milligrams
Celsius Energy Drink 12 fl oz 200 milligrams
Coca-Cola Energy 12 fl oz 114 milligrams
Full Throttle Energy Drink 16 fl oz 160 milligrams
Gatorade Bolt 16.9 fl oz 75 milligrams
Monster Energy Drink 16 fl oz 160 milligrams
NOS Energy Drink 16 fl oz 160 milligrams
Powerade 8 fl oz 0 milligrams
Rockstar (original) 16 fl oz 160 milligrams
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All About Soft Drinks

When the first soft drinks were introduced at the end of the 18th century, including Coca-Cola, many Americans drank quite a bit of alcohol. The manufacturers of the early drinks that didn’t contain alcohol wanted a term they could use to distinguish their product from “hard” liquor, and thus the term “soft drink” was born.

Many soft drinks also contain caffeine, but, as we saw in the 1st comparison chart above, having caffeine isn’t a prerequisite to be called a soft drink. Most soft drinks are also carbonated, and for that, you can thank Joseph Priestly, a European who, in 1767, invented a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide. Amazingly, this new “carbonated water” was sold as a tonic that could help “cure” many of the ailments of the day, which is a claim that turned out to be completely false.

Fun Facts About Dr Pepper

We’ve been talking primarily about Dr Pepper 10 today, but the product would never have existed without the original Dr Pepper. Below are some interesting and fun facts about Dr Pepper.

  • Dr Pepper was invented in 1885 by a pharmacist. A pharmacy employee named Charles Alderton created Dr Pepper to mimic the smell of their soda fountain, which many patrons enjoyed.
  • Dr Pepper was initially called Waco. When Alderton first invented his drink, patrons would ask for a Waco, not a Dr Pepper.
  • Dr Pepper was once classified as a food. During WW II, the United States government rationed sugar. To help that effort, Congress reclassified most sodas as food to ensure that it was made and given to soldiers in the field.
  • Dr Pepper is made with 23 flavors. These flavors include amaretto, almond, blackberry, black licorice, carrot, clove, cherry, caramel, cola, ginger, juniper, lemon, molasses, nutmeg, orange, prune, plum, pepper, root beer, rum, raspberry, tomato, and vanilla. It’s difficult to know if the list is correct because the original formula is locked in a secure vault in Plano, Texas, where the company is headquartered.
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Now that you’ve learned all about Dr Pepper, you’ll be ready to amaze your friends and family with factoids about the popular soft drink and the company’s newest offering, Dr Pepper 10. However, if it’s a boost of caffeine you need, you’d be better off drinking some of the other energy drinks on today’s list that have quite a bit more or a regular mug of black coffee.

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Ollie Jones

Oliver (Ollie) Jones is a zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia. Originally from the US, he thought he loved coffee before his big move down under, but his discovery of the flat white and the cafe on every corner has taken his coffee passion to a whole new level. He's so excited to share his knowledge and experience with readers worldwide (and keep testing coffee drinks while he's at it).

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