It's possible I misinterpreted, so let's see.
He wrote that he uses up to 1/2 teaspoon.
The dose recommended by the company is 500 mg.
So the question then is, how does 1/2 tsp compare to 500 mg?
Usually I figure a teaspoon of a typical supplement powder as being probably about 5 grams but of course this depends on density, and I don't know the density of Chocamine.
So now, to be accurate I need to find how teaspoons and milligrams relate to each other for Chocamine.
I didn't find the label online anywhere but I found a post saying that according to the label, one tsp is 1.2 grams. Let's hope that that is accurate, and work with it to see where we get.
So, if correct which seems likely, then the product is quite fluffy and you are correct, his dose matches up with the manufacturer's recommendation.
In which case the amount of theobromine is much less than I'd recommend and so I don't agree with him on dosage.
500 mg is only 60 mg of theobromine. That is very little. The half-teaspoon would be only slightly more than this, and the quarter teaspoon obviously much less still. I am glad that this is effective for you, but it is ineffective for me and it corresponds roughly to a fraction of a cup of cocoa.
I believed it was correct that Chocamine is an expensive source of theobromine, relative to other possibilities. Looking at retail price, one discounted price for 250 g of Chocamine is $35.99. That contains 30 g of theobromine. So, over one dollar per gram.
On Amazon, six 8-ounce cans of Hershey's Natural Unsweetened Cocoa, totalling about 1360 g, is $39.99.
I don't recall absolutely precisely but the cocoa has about 110 mg of theobromine per 5 g. So that makes about 30 grams of theobromine for the price.
So, it turns out that retail price-wise, I stand corrected. The price is the same as the cocoa. I don't think it provides anything the cocoa doesn't, and it does refine out a very valuable ingredient, epicatechin.
In terms of manufacturing cost -- including Chocamine as an ingredient as a source of theobromine, compared to using theobromine itself -- it's a pricey source of theobromine.
For example we considered using theobromine in HOT-ROX. I would have used 200 mg had we done it. That would correspond to 1.67 g of Chocamine.
So, assuming that the theobromine contributed as much to retail price as it does in the case of the Chocamine product, that would have come out to about 20 cents per serving. For a 30 day supply of HOT-ROX, that would have added twelve dollars to the sale price of a bottle.
I don't recall what our actual cost for adding theobromine would have been but it was drastically, extremely below that. The only reason we didn't do it was Tim didn't find the "feel" as good as what we actually went with and have continued to go with. Price wasn't a barrier.
That was the context in which I was viewing Chocamine as an expensive source of theobromine, because I had looked into the bulk cost of Chocamine in the event we might want to use it, and was not happy at finding the epicatechin had been refined out and that the bulk price made it an impractically-expensive source of theobromine, for products where theobromine is merely an added minor ingredient.
Thank you for bringing out these points: I was, unintentionally, inaccurate it turns out.