Are Caffeinated Bagels Real?
It’s true, there is a process whereby bagels and donuts can be baked with caffeine included so people who are not coffee drinkers can get their morning buzz on. Developed in 2007 by a North Carolina scientist named Dr. Robert Bohannon, Buzz Donuts™ and Buzzed Bagels™ created a way to mask the normal bitterness of caffeine so it could be used in food and pastry products.
Bohannon holds a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Molecular Biology and a PHD in Molecular Virology from the Baylor College of Medicine. Now residing in Chapel Hill, NC, Bohannon is interested in furthering his idea for caffeinated breakfast treats.
While many people get their caffeine fix in the morning with coffee, tea or soda, Bohannon knows that many people want to curb their caffeine intake. A typical cup of coffee contains 50 mg of caffeine and caffeinated pills can range from 100 mg to 200 mg per capsule. There is also the option for getting small amounts of caffeine from eating chocolate, although candy bars are rarely considered for breakfast.
Bohannon originally approached major chains including Krispy Kreme, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and while each passed on the idea (Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts most likely since it could hurt coffee sales) Bohannon is still convinced there is a place for caffeinated pastries and baked goods. He holds a patent on the idea and if it ever takes off expect Bohannon to be flying high.