Science, Tech, Math › Math Box of Chocolates Math Stumper With Solution Share Flipboard Email Print Creative Crop/Getty Images Math Resources Math Tutorials Geometry Arithmetic Pre Algebra & Algebra Statistics Exponential Decay Functions Worksheets By Grade View More By Deb Russell Math Expert Deb Russell is a school principal and teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching mathematics at all levels. our editorial process Deb Russell Updated December 19, 2017 Problem-solving for young learners is great for supporting deductive reasoning, logic, inductive reasoning, inferring, working backward, and stimulating higher level thinking. Here's a problem that will get students' thought juices flowing. 01 of 02 The Box of Chocolates Stumper A decadent box of chocolates adorned the kitchen counter. When Jake saw it, he ate 1/6 of the box. Then along came Joe and he ate 1/5 of what Jake left. Along came Jill who ate 1/4 of the chocolates that remained. Later that day, Jeff ate 1/3 of the remaining chocolates. By the time I got there, I managed to eat 1/2 of what remained. When my sister Sandy came along, only 4 chocolates remained in the box. Just how many chocolates did Jake manage to eat? The solution follows. 02 of 02 Solution to the Box of Chocolates The answer to the box of chocolates' math stumper is: 4 Before Jake ate any of the chocolates, there were 24. He ate 1/6 of 24, which means he ate 4 and left 20. Joe ate 1/5 of 20, which means he ate 4, which left 16. Jill ate 1/4, meaning she ate 4, which left 12. Then Jeff ate 1/3 of 12, which means he ate 4, leaving 8. Then I came and ate 1/2 of the 8 remaining, which means I ate 4 and left 4.