*Let's just count the calories. A Betty Crocker brownie-mix box has two sets of nutrition facts on it--stats for just the powder inside of the box, and for the brownies after they are baked. That's all we need! It turns out that a box of brownies, after baked, has 3,200 calories. How much do the ingredients have?*

*Well, first, there's the brownie mix itself. It has 120 calories per serving, and there are 20 servings in the brownie box. 120 x 20 = 2,400 calories. Now, Betty Crocker asks you to add three ingredients to your mix: water, 2 eggs, and a 1/3 cup of vegetable oil.*

*Water = ***0 calories**
*2 Eggs = 70 calories apiece x 2 = ***140 calories**
*1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil = 5 1/3 tablespoons of vegetable oil = 16/3 tablespoons * 120 calories/tablespoon = ***640 calories**

*Grand Total = 3,180 calories*

**This is 20 calories less than the brownie batter.**

We > Me: Joe Morel's Blog.

If the grand total of ingredient calories is 3180 and the total calories after baking is 3200, isn’t the baking adding 20 calories?

Maybe I didn’t understand Joe’s analysis.

In other words, the brownie batter has 20 calories less than the baked brownies.

Lauren,

Yep…you’re completely right. I was so wrapped up in finding out how many calories were in a 1/3 cup of canola oil that I mixed up the result. It is indeed 20 calories less *BEFORE* baking the brownies. I’ve updated my blog so the record’s straight. 🙂

Oh man! Now my comments won’t make any sense!

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So you don’t think they just rounded up to the nearest 100 calories? 🙂

Oh snap!

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