Home-Based Food Business Idea: Recipe for Ice Candy

Do you want to beat the summer heat and earn extra money at the same time?

Many Pinoys opt to treat themselves with ice candies particularly during summer season. It’s a cheaper but equally delicious and refreshing alternative to branded ice creams that is highly sellable in the sari-sari stores, schools, fresh markets, mini groceries or any public place with lots of foot traffic. It’s also being peddled by street vendors in the neighborhood.

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If you want a business with low capital and has the potential to become an instant hit this hot season, you should consider putting up a home-based ice candy business. It’s a relatively lucrative business in this tropical country that a Pinoy couple with a capital of only P20 became multi-millionaires after starting an ice candy business which mainly targeted public schools, canteens and carinderias.

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe that can produce 200 pieces of ice candies.


  • 7 liters of water
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 2 cups corn or cassava starch dissolved in 1.5 liters of water
  • 1 3/4 kilos of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • desired flavoring such as chocolate, buko, strawberry, mango or pineapple
  • 200 pcs  1 1/4 x 10 ice candy wrapper


  1. Place 7 liters of water in a big pot then bring to a boil.
  2. Add sugar and salt. Mix well until it becomes fully dissolved.
  3. Add powdered milk and dissolved corn or cassava starch into the boiling water. Stir this very well to prevent lump formation.
  4. Boil for 8 minutes then turn off the heat.
  5. Allow it to cool for a few hours.
  6. After cooling, you may now add your desired flavoring.
  7. Pack in the ice candy wrappers then freeze until fully frozen.
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