Is There a Lot of Caffeine in Coffee Ice Cream?

Will coffee ice cream keep us up at night? What if we sneak in a few teensy bites right before bedtime? No harm’s done, unless it prevents us from getting some shut-eye. So we turned to a few of our favorite brands and took a hard look at the numbers. (To put things into perspective, according to the USDA, one cup of coffee has 95 milligrams of caffeine.) 

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream: A ½ cup serving contains 21.6 milligrams of caffeine. That’s like drinking a couple sips of coffee. Would that keep you up at night? Probably not, but you be the judge.

Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Buzz Buzz: Coffee ice cream with espresso bean fudge chunks? Pretty dangerous. Each ½ cup serving has 45 milligrams of caffeine. Do the math and that’s about half of a cup of coffee. And who can only eat ½ cup of ice cream? (Definitely not us.)

Talenti Coffee Chocolate Chip: Great news—if you’re trying to slash the caffeine but still enjoy your favorite flavor, this option is for you. A single serving has about 5 milligrams of caffeine, practically the same as drinking a cup of decaf (which has 2 milligrams). We’ll have a scoop after dinner, please.

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Food Editor

From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?