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Need A.M. Charge? How About Caffeinated Doughnuts?

Posted January 26, 2007 7:19 a.m. EST
Updated January 26, 2007 3:13 p.m. EST

— That cup of coffee just not getting it done anymore? How about a Buzz Donut or a Buzzed Bagel?

That's what Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham molecular scientist, has come up with. Bohannon says he's developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the equivalent of about two cups of coffee.

While the product is not on the market yet, Bohannon has approached some heavyweight companies, including Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks about carrying it.

“I had the idea for caffeinated pastries several years ago, but the bitter taste of the caffeine would always overwhelm the flavor,” said Bohannon, who is president of Onasco, Inc. “I eventually worked with some flavoring experts and designed a method to mask the bitterness, which led to successfully adding the caffeine equivalent of one to two cups of coffee to the food item.”

Bohannon pointed out that  a typical cup of coffee contains 50 mg of caffeine. Caffeinated pills contain between 100 to 200 mg per capsule.

“Some people get their caffeine buzz from soda, chocolate and other sources besides coffee,” Bohannon added. “The Buzz Donut and the Buzzed Bagel lets them get the caffeine buzz by simply eating a delicious pastry item."