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19 caffeine-laced foods to replace coffee

Because sometimes you're in your fifth dev meeting, the beta still isn't done, and you're both tired AND hungry.
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By ZDNet Staff on
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Because office coffee is meh

Face it: Your office latte machine has not been cleaned since the last tech-bubble crash. The cost of Starbucks soy mochas can add up. And you're hungry. And you're tired.

So try these caffeine-infused food alternatives instead. You'd be amazed what they're putting caffeine in these days.

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Coffee Cereal

Cereal is one of the all-time comfort foods, and what better way to wake up in the morning than with a bowl of these crunchy, caffeinated flakes? A whopping 178 mg of caffeine (nearly two cups of coffee) is contained in every serving of cereal.

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Rockit Energy Pops

Don't be a sucker! Carry one of these colorful lollipops, enhanced with enough caffeine to replace your Starbucks order, for those energy emergencies.

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Blood

Yup.

If you're feeling bloody listless, try a transfusion of this faux blood drink, packed with 80 mg of caffeine in each 3.4 ounce pouch. We predict it will be "A-postive" experience! (See what we did there? It was made possible by a LOT OF CAFFEINE.)

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Bang! Ice Cream

Ready to put some bang in your sundae? Each scoop of caffeinated Bang! is equivalent to one energy drink. Let's keep this one away from the kiddos. Unless you like your kids stuck to the ceiling.

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Get Up and Go Smart Cookie

Girl Scouts have nothing on this cookie. It will satisfy your need for a boost (1 cookie = 1 energy shot) and your sweet tooth.

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Perky Jerky

Does your beef need a buzz? Or your turkey a tingle? Fortunately, these geniuses found out how to marinade guarana (a natural source of caffeine) into their dried meat. Let the gnawing begin.

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DoubleKick Hot Sauce

True to its name, this hot sauce gives you a swift kick in the keester with its double whammy of caffeine (3 times more than coffee) and spice. Add this sauce to your buffalo wings to give you, um, wings.

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Nuclear Energy Powder

If only Doc Brown had access to this portable source of plutonium. Each of these test tubes is filled with faux-radioactive tastiness equivalent to one cup of coffee, enough to power you into the future.

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Dried Blood Drops

You're on a 12-hour flight and will need some sweet, sweet blood ... but the TSA made you throw out all of your liquids. What's a hungry vamp to do? These coagulated drops of sanguine goodness will put some color back in your complexion, thanks to 50 mg of caffeine.

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Java Syrup

Punch up your pancakes or wire your waffles with these coffee-infused syrups that range from decaf (so lame) to espresso (you got game).

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Awake Granola Bars

When everyone else in the office is starting to lag, whip out a couple of these. Each bar consists of enough caffeine for half a cup of coffee.

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Get Up and Go Granola

This ain't your grandpa's granola. First of all, Brainy Cinnamon Bun sounds like the cutest name for Stephen Hawking ever. Second, these caffeinated buttered oats will give you a serious kick in the butt.

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Loud Truck Energy Gummi Bears

Don't be fooled by these cute little gummi bears. They may be wee, but they really pack a punch. Each pack of bears has the equivalent power of one energy drink.

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Steem Peanut Butter

Steem boasts that one serving has as much caffeine as two cups of coffee.

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Jelly Belly Extreme Sports Beans

Everyone's favorite jelly bean is now fueling your next brainstorming session. Its Extreme line of Sports Beans comes equipped with about 50 mg of caffeine in each one-ounce bag.

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Ambitious Brownies

These aren't "special" brownies, but that might be a good thing. After one of these fudgy blocks of ambition, you may tap into a desire to tackle that unfinished novel, put together a Kickstarter campaign or even run for president. One brownie is the equivalent of one energy shot.

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Penguin Caffeinated Mints

Penguins may not fly, but these energy mints will make you feel like you can. About five of these mints can replace the caffeine found in a cola.

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Jolt Gum

If you need a pick-me-up NOW, Jolt Gum works much faster than any caffeinated drink. One piece gives you the equivalent boost of one cola.

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CaffeinAll

Not satisfied with the range of caffeinated foods you've seen? Don't settle for blah bites. Instead shake this diabolical powder over all of your food to put a motor in every mouthful. Three shakes of this equals a cup of coffee.

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