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How Much Caffeine Is In A Can Of Dr Pepper Soda?

how much caffeine is in dr pepper

Dr Pepper is another carbonated soft drink which has actually been around a lot longer than the average American soda drinker would think.

Created in 1885 by a pharmacist by the name of Charles Alderton it was actually first ordered by asking for a Waco in reference to its creation happening in Waco, Texas.

Dr Pepper has three different owners making it a unique brand. In the United States it is owned by Keurig-Dr Pepper, in Canada by Pepsi Co and in Europe by Coca-Cola.

What is the caffeine content of Dr Pepper?

Dr Pepper, which is known for it's 23 unique flavors, has 42 mg of caffeine per 12 oz can or 3.5 mg per ounce. The actual caffeine is added during production. 

 Serving Size Caffeine (MG) Sugar (G)
12 oz Can 42 39

Is Dr Pepper's Caffeine Content Considered High?

Dr Pepper's 42 mg of caffeine per can is relatively low for a caffeinated beverage. In compression your average coffee has between 90 and 120 mg per 12 ounce cup.

Many drinkers experience an energy boost from Dr Pepper but this is more likely due to the high sugar content. However, sugar "boost" often are followed by a sharp crash which can create a craving for another can.

Ingredients In Dr Pepper:

Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative), caffeine

What Is The Actual Flavor of Dr Pepper?

The actual 23 flavors are cola, cherry, licorice, amaretto (almond, vanilla, blackberry, apricot, blackberry, caramel, pepper, anise, sarsaparilla, ginger, molasses, lemon, plum, orange, nutmeg, cardamon, all spice, coriander juniper, birch and prickly ash.

Dr Pepper's flavor profile can be described as peppery to minty and fruity.

Comparison to other drinks

Caffeine Content MG of Caffeine
Black Insomnia Coffee 1105
Bang Energy 300
Dr Pepper 42
Coca-Cola Classic 34

Is Dr Pepper's Sugar Content Considered High?

According to Heart.org, the average adult should consume no more than 30-40 grams of sugar per day. Since Dr Pepper has 39 grams in just one can, drinking more than one a day is not considered a healthy option and can lead to weight gain and other sugar related health issues.

One can of Dr Pepper also has 150 calories which makes it a less than ideal option for those looking to cut calories. If sugar is a concern you may want to check out their zero sugar option.

Other Available Dr Pepper Flavors

  • Zero Sugar
  • Diet
  • Pepper Cherry
  • Pepper Cherry Zero Sugar
  • Pepper and Cream Soda
  • Pepper and Cream Soda Zero Sugar
  • Pepper Caffeine Free
  • Diet Caffeine Fred
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Diet Cherry Vanilla
  • Real Sugar


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