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.

These caffeine amounts are from an extensive lab test (done in 2007). While being out of date, it is still one of the most comprehensive caffeine testing of sodas done in recent decades.

See the most up-to-date curated list of the most caffeinated soft drinks here.

Many of the drinks below are now discontinued, and formulations have changed.

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

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

References

  • Chou, K. H., & Bell, L. N. (2007). Caffeine content of prepackaged national-brand and private-label carbonated beverages. Journal of food science, 72(6), C337–C342. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2007.00414.x

Written by James Foster, last updated on March 15, 2021