Mountain Dew Code Red Caffeine

Mountain Dew is a brand of soda known, at least partially, for its high caffeine content for a soda.

Below we outline how much caffeine is in Mountain Dew Code Red. Furthermore, we close this article by comparing the caffeine in Code Red to other popular beverages. This information should give you a solid understanding of how much caffeine you will consume when you drink a Code Red.

Caffeine in Mtn Dew Code Red

Here is the caffeine content of Mountain Dew Code Red for its popular serving sizes:

Serving SizeCaffeine(mg)Caffeine(mg) Per Ounce
12 fl. oz. 54mg4.5mg
16 fl. oz.72mg4.5mg
16.9 fl. oz.77mg4.5mg
20 fl. oz.91mg4.5mg


Caffeine is an added ingredient in Mountain Dew Code Red. Since it is an added ingredient and not from a natural source like tea, it is reflected in the list of ingredients as “caffeine”.

Code Red Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Concentrated Orange Juice, Citric Acid, Sodium Polyphosphates (To Protect Flavor), Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness), Natural Flavor, Caffeine, Sodium Citrate, Gum Arabic, Calcium Disodium EDTA (To Protect Flavor), Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1.


Mountain Dew Code Red is not a healthy beverage because of its higher calories, sugar, carbs, and sodium. You consume empty calories when drinking a Code Red because this soft drink contains little or no nutritional value. Health professionals often advise not to drink beverages like Code Red in excess.

Serving SizeCaloriesTotal FatSodiumTotal CarbsTotal SugarsProtein
12 fl. oz.1700g105mg46g46g0g
16 fl. oz.2300g140mg61g61g0g
16.9 fl. oz.2400g150mg65g64g0g
20 fl. oz.2800g180mg76g76g0g

Mtn Dew Code Red Caffeine vs Other Beverages

This table reflects the caffeine in Code Red versus other popular beverages of the same 12-ounce size. Overall, the caffeine in Code Red is high for a soda but it doesn’t compare to the elevated caffeine content of many energy or coffee drinks.

BeverageServing SizeCaffeine (mg)
Mtn Dew Code Red12 fl oz54mg
Dr Pepper12 fl oz41mg
Coca-Cola Classic12 fl 34mg
Mtn Dew Original12 fl oz54mg
Diet Mtn Dew12 fl oz54mg
Pepsi12 fl oz38mg
RC Cola12 fl oz43mg
Red Bull12 fl oz114mg
Monster Energy12 fl oz120mg
Coffee12 fl oz136mg*
*Source – USDA. Caffeine is approximate.

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