Apple juice does not contain caffeine. There is a misconception that apples have natural caffeine and provide an energy boost like drinking a coffee. We have even heard the falsehood that apples have as much caffeine as coffee. While apples may provide energy to a certain degree from their nutrients, they do not have caffeine. This applies to apple juice, as well, which is made from apples.
Additionally, caffeine is not added to the apple juice you find in your grocery store juice aisle. However, we have recently noticed a couple of specialty juices, with caffeine, popping up in stores. The caffeine in these products is usually from natural sources like tea. An example, is V8 Energy which contains natural caffeine from green tea. It has 80 mg of caffeine in a can (8 oz).
Note that the majority of apple juice brands are caffeine-free, especially juice boxes marketed for kids. An apple juice with caffeine will likely boldly reflect “Energy” or “Caffeine” on the label. If caffeine is a concern for you, carefully read the product label and ingredients or check with the manufacturer.
Here is an example of the ingredients in a common apple juice:
Mott’s Original Apple Juice: Water, apple juice concentrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin c)