Chocolate Math

Figure out your age using Chocolate Math. (All brownie lovers should know how to do Chocolate Math. I recommend snacking on a brownie or some chocolate while contemplating this math riddle as it will surely make it easier to figure out!)

1. Pick the number of times a week you’d like to eat chocolate. The number must be more than one but, sadly, less than 10.

2. Multiply this number by 2.

3. Add 5.

4. Multiply it by 50.

5. If you’ve already had your birthday this year, add 1759. If you haven’t, add 1758.

6. Subtract the four digit year you were born.

Abracadabra!! You should have a three digit number.

The first digit of this is your original number (i.e. how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are your age!

Some versions of this riddle say 2009 is the only year this will work, but in 2010, if you add 1 to the numbers in #5 – e.g. 1760 and 1759, respectively (and so on for successive years), it should continue to work.

I’m not sure who has the time or inclination to create these kinds of riddles, however I’ve seen some versions of Chocolate Math attributed to Hershey’s.


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