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How Much Caffeine is in Hershey’s Kisses? Surprising Facts!

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Chocolate is one of life’s greatest gifts, and chocolate Hershey Kisses are no exception. However, Hershey’s Kisses can be both a gift and a curse if you’re trying to diet. And what about the caffeine content? Is it high? Most of us know by now that real chocolate naturally contains caffeine in varying amounts.

While some chocolate foods contain a substantial amount of caffeine, others contain very little. The amount of caffeine present in chocolate treats and foods depends on the source of the chocolate and how it was processed. But do Hershey Kisses have caffeine? And if so, how much? Each serving of Hershey’s Kisses contains about 12 milligrams of caffeine. Let’s explore in this article.

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How Much Caffeine Is In a Hershey’s Kiss?

On average, Hershey Kisses contain about 12 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per serving, according to their weight. Each serving is considered 7 kisses.  Milk chocolate contains 9 milligrams of caffeine per 1.55 ounces. So, the amount per serving is fairly negligible, but it can quickly add up if you like to consume Hershey Kisses by the dozens.

To give you a few comparisons, a regular cup of coffee contains about 90 mg of caffeine, and an 8.4-ounce can of Red Bull contains 77 mg of caffeine. So if you’re planning to use Hershey Kisses as a go-to caffeine source, you may want to find another food or drink product, as it’s simply not worth the extra sugar content, calories, and other additives added to the tasty treat.

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Are Hershey’s Kisses Healthy?

Although Hershey Kisses are very satisfying to eat and low in caffeine, they are high in other things that aren’t necessarily the best for your health.  For example, they have a high amount of saturated fat, added sugar, and other additives.

Hershey Kisses may be small, but they’re also high in calories due to these things, which can mean extra weight if you consume them in large batches.

Studies have also shown that added sugar (along with saturated fat) can increase your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes–not to mention that it promotes tooth decay as well. So, while they are safe to eat, it’s best to consume them in moderation, especially if you’re trying to control your blood sugar, weight, or cholesterol levels.

Do Hershey’s Kisses Have High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Hershey’s products used to contain high-fructose corn syrup, but about eight or so years ago they switched to all non-GMO products across the brand, as a result of pressure from various consumer groups. Corn syrup is an inexpensive sweetener that’s used in many baked goods, candies, foods, and other consumable products.

It’s quickly absorbed in the body and it’s usually frowned upon by health-conscious consumers and food agencies due to its negative health effects. It’s been linked to many health ailments including diabetes, coronary disease, chronic inflammation, and obesity.

Are Hershey’s Kisses Vegan?

Negative. Hershey Kisses, like many Hershey chocolate products, are made using milk solids, milk fat, and milk proteins, which means they’re not dairy-free and may aggravate dairy allergies. So, if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan you may want to stay away from these treats.

However, a few years ago Hershey’s introduced their first line of dairy-free chocolate bars, which includes the Hershey’s Oat Made brand. If you’re a fan of chocolate, but can’t do the milk-based ingredients, you may want to check out some products from this line.

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Do Hershey’s Kisses Contain Any Gelatin?

No, Hershey’s Kisses do not contain any gelatin or other similar ingredients. Gelatin is often used as a food thickener or stabilizer common in cheese, chewy snacks, candies, and other dairy products. The texture of Hershey Kisses would probably be off-putting if gelatin were added to the chocolate treat.

Do Hershey’s Kisses Have Eggs?

No, Hershey Kisses don’t contain any eggs or egg products. Eggs are commonly used in baked products as a leavener to add structure to them, something that’s not needed for these simple chocolate treats.

Are Hershey’s Kisses Gluten-Free?

Yes, regular Hershey’s Kisses are gluten-free, as they aren’t made with any wheat-based ingredients. So, if you have a gluten allergy, you should be good to go. However, you may want to double-check other Hershey Kisses flavors that may in fact contain gluten.

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Are Hershey’s Kisses Peanut-Free?

Regular Hershey’s Kisses are completely nut-free, but other types of kisses (as well as other Hershey’s chocolate products) may contain nuts such as hazelnuts or almonds.

Do Hershey’s Kisses Contain Soy?

Yes. They contain soy lecithin, which is derived from soy and used as a stabilizer and flavor protector. Soy has been linked with allergy and thyroid issues, which is why it’s such a controversial food additive.

However, it’s also linked with providing protection from certain cancers and fertility issues improvement. But if you’re allergic to soy you may want to avoid these tasty treats.

Do Hershey’s Kisses Contain Any Other Nuts?

Yes, some versions of Hershey’s Kisses may contain nuts. Common ones include almonds and hazelnuts.

You may want to check the back of the label beforehand, as some Hershey Kisses may be made in processing plants where they may be exposed to peanuts in small amounts.

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Wrapping Things Up

Coffee is found naturally in cocoa beans. So, chances are that if you’re consuming a food or snack that contains chocolate, you’re consuming caffeine even in a small amount. Hershey Kisses don’t contain a high amount of caffeine, but it is notable if you gobble them down in large numbers.

If you’re trying to add more “pep to your step” during the day, there are better ways to do it, such as having a cup of joe, tea, or even caffeine-infused gum–yes it actually exists! But if you’re trying to minimize your caffeine levels and are worried about it showing up in unsuspecting foods and snacks, Hershey’s Kisses are likely the least of your worries.

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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