Caffeine Amounts in Soda: Every Kind of Cola You Can Think Of

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Cola is a popular flavor of soda around the world. Although the kola nut, from which the flavor of cola soda comes from, does naturally contain caffeine, the majority of the caffeine in cola is added by the manufacturer.

Colas typically contain between 30-50 mg of caffeine per 12 fl oz (355 ml). However, there are a few exceptions as listed below.

The lab tests (carried out by Auburn University allow us to gauge caffeine levels for drinks where the manufacturer has not even listed them. And, we can also see in some cases how the lab test compares to what is reported by the manufacturer.

To see all drinks, check out our exhaustive database of caffeine amounts.

Caffeine in Popular Colas

NOTE: Caffeine amounts are in mg per 12 fl oz (355 ml)

Beverage (12 fl oz) Caffeine (lab test) Caffeine (manufacturer)
Pepsi One 57.1mg 58mg
Diet Cheerwine 48.1mg
Tab 48.1mg 45mg
Cheerwine 47.5mg
Diet RC 47.3mg
Diet Coke 46.3mg 46mg
Diet Coke with Lime 46.3mg 46mg
RC Cola 45.2mg
Diet Vanilla Coke 44.5mg 46mg
Shasta Cola 42.9mg
Faygo Cola 41.7mg
Diet Cherry Pepsi 40.5mg 35mg
Cherry Pepsi 39.7mg 38mg
Pepsi 38.9mg 38mg
Pepsi with Lime 38.4mg 38mg
Diet Vanilla Pepsi 38.1mg 38mg
Vanilla Pepsi 37.4mg 38mg
Diet Coke Black Cherry Vanilla 36.8mg 46mg
Diet Pepsi 36.7mg 35mg
Diet Pepsi with Lime 36.4mg 38mg
Coke Zero 35.8mg 34mg
Coca-Cola Black Cherry Vanilla 35.1mg 34mg
Diet Cherry Coke 35.0mg 46mg
Cherry Coke 34.4mg 34mg
Coca-Cola C2 34.4mg 34.5mg
Diet Coke with Splenda 34.4mg 46mg
Coca-Cola 33.9mg 34mg
Coke with Lime 33.6mg 34mg
Vanilla Coke 33.3mg 34mg
Red Rock Cola 26.1mg
Ritz Cola 10.3mg
Double Cola 36mg
Diet Double Cola 0mg

Caffeine in Private Label and Store-brand (Generic) Colas

None of these manufacturers disclose caffeine amounts in their generic colas, so all listings here are from laboratory tests.

It can be very difficult to track down caffeine information on store brand sodas.

Beverage (12 fl oz) Regular Cola (caffeine) Diet Cola (caffeine)
Big Fizz Cola 46.4mg 61.9mg
Big K Cherry Cola 43mg 39.9mg
Walgreens Cola 39.2mg 45mg
Big K Cola 38.8mg 30mg
Big Gulp Cola 38.6mg 30mg
Chek Vanilla Cola 36.3mg 28.9mg
Bubba Cola 35.4mg 42mg
Chek Cola 34.7mg 27.5mg
Big K Cola with Lime 30.3mg 18.6mg
CloverValley Cola 28.8mg 22.9mg
Chek Cherry Cola 26.3mg
Food Lion Cola 25.3mg 11.9mg
Laura Lynn Cola 24.4mg 11.3mg
Superchill Cola 24.2mg 34.5mg
Publix Cola 23.1mg 35.2mg
Rally Cola 13.3mg 13mg
Piggly Wiggly Cola 12.7mg 11.9mg
Sam’s Cola 12.7mg (34 mg new version) 13.1mg
Publix Cherry Cola 12.4mg
Laura Lynn Cherry Cola 8.4mg
IGA Cola 4.9mg 10.3mg
Chek Mate Cola 26.2mg
Chek Diet Cola with Lime 45.8mg

NOTE: See the details on all Mountain Dew (citrus-type) and Pepper-type beverages here.

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Written by James Foster, last updated on December 15, 2020