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Coffee Flavored Cereal with Caffeine? But How Much Caffeine?

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Coffee flavored cereals debut in August.

Here’s the latest on a new way to eat your caffeine courtesy of Post Cereals and Dunkin’ Donuts. Plus, the amount of caffeine you can expect.

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True to their trademarked motto that “Something Fresh is Always Brewin’ Here,” a recent news report tells us that Dunkin’ Donuts has joined forces with Post Cereals to create a new caffeinated breakfast treat that tastes like coffee and even provides a caffeinated kick to your morning breakfast.

According to a press release from Dunkin’ Donuts Corporate, now you can have your coffee and eat it too as two new Post Cereals are scheduled for debut nationwide in August with their Dunkin’ Donuts coffee-inspired Dunkin’ Caramel Macchiato and Mocha Latte flavored cereals:

“Post Dunkin’ Caramel Macchiato cereal is brought to life with crunchy cereal pieces and caramel-swirled marshmallows, creating the deliciously indulgent taste of the layered iced coffee beverage. Post Dunkin’ Mocha Latte cereal features a hint of chocolate and latte-swirled marshmallows in honor of its namesake espresso. The new cereals contain very small amounts of caffeine, roughly a 10th of a cup of coffee, so all can indulge in the rich coffee-forward experience.”

“Coffee and cereal are the ultimate breakfast go-to's, ranking as the top two most consumed items to help people start their day,” said Josh Jans, Brand Manager of Cereal Partnerships at Post Consumer Brands. “Dunkin’ coffee is a daily ritual for Americans, and we’re excited to be partnering with them to indulge their fans’ coffee cravings. Getting the flavor right on our new cereals was a top priority, and we think we’ve nailed the rich, smooth and creamy taste.”

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While news of this first collaboration between the two companies appears exciting, they are not necessarily the first to provide caffeine in breakfast cereals.

In fact, even though the press release reveals that, “…The new cereals contain very small amounts of caffeine, roughly a 10th of a cup of coffee…” which roughly equates to 7-14 mg of caffeine, several other cereal brands come with caffeine also...but not quite as high. Among the higher-caffeine rated cereals available in the past, Cocoa Puffs made by General Mills is listed as having approximately 2.2 mg of caffeine per cup of cereal for example.

The nutrition label for the Caramel Macchiato cereal states that for every 1 and 1/3 cup of cereal, you get 150 calories, 33 grams of total carbohydrate and 19 grams of total sugar. The nutrition label for the Mocha Latte cereal is the same with the exception it has 1 gram less of total sugar. Nowhere on the Nutrition Facts label do they list the actual caffeine content.

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Therefore, we are left with an estimate of caffeine being anywhere between 7-14 mg. In other words, we will still need our cup or two of coffee to start our day.

Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on the connection between coffee and healthy living. For continual updates about the benefits of coffee on your health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

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References:

Dunkin' just released 2 coffee-flavored cereals with caffeine” Today July 28. 2020.

America Runs on Dunkin’: Post Cereals and Dunkin’ Team Up to Bring America’s Favorite Coffee to a Cereal Aisle Near You” Dunkin’ Donuts press release July 28, 2020.

16 Breakfast Cereals Highest in Caffeine” My Food Data

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