Food Business Idea: Make Flavored Marshmallows For Only One Peso Each

You just need 5 basic ingredients + your favorite flavors!

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Marshmallows are delicious treats! These soft puffs of edible sugar are a delight to eat on its own or tossed into between crackers, stirred into cookie dough, or tossed into a mug of hot chocolate. 

It's also a great idea for a food business because you just need 5 ingredients to make it. Plus, it's super cheap to make and will be an instant favorite for anyone who has a sweet tooth. 

Here are the marshmallow ingredients you need to make it:

  • • 1 cup sugar  
  • • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • • 3 10-gram packets unflavored gelatin powder
  • • 1 cup cornstarch
  • • 1 cup powdered sugar or confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • • 1 cup water, divided

You can even use less powdered sugar and use more cornstarch to coat the marshmallows since this mixture is just to ensure that the marshmallows do not stick to each other. Here's the basic recipe to make it: 

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You'll spend less than P300 (or P281 to be exact) for all the ingredients at the supermarket, but you won't use up all the ingredients. You'll spend P121 of what you spent to make the candy. 

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Here's the real cost breakdown*:

  • • Sugar, 500 grams = P25.50 
  • • Light corn syrup, 750 ml = P90
  • • Unflavored gelatin, 5 10-gram packets = P78
  • • Cornstarch, 400 grams  = P38
  • • Powdered sugar, 450 grams = P50 
  • • Water, = P0 

If you cut the marshmallows into 1-inch squares, you can make around 117 squares in a 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Each square will cost you only one peso per marshmallow!

What's wonderful about this food business idea is that once you master the basic marshmallow recipe, you can level it up with flavors. This easy recipe is ripe with ideas to make it even better!

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Even the most basic vanilla or banana essence would make any marshmallow even more delicious! You can even use flavored gelatin instead so you don't have to worry about adding the right amount of flavoring to the mix to make it taste great.  

You just need 1 teaspoon or even 1 drop of flavoring to make it taste different! 

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Imagine how delicious it would be if you added crushed cookie bits, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, fruit purees, or even melted chocolate into the sugary treats. 

Once you have marshmallows, you can even jazz it up even more! You can make any of these marshmallow-inspired treats to make your business a booming success!

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1 Marshmallow Crackers Recipe: +P3.63/piece

These crackers are a delicious combo of sweet and salty! Use your favorite salt crackers and make it irresistible with sweet caramel and melted marshmallows on top. 

Photo by Charlie Altomonte

2 Brown Butter Krispie Treats Recipe: +P6.41/piece 

To make these, you don't even have to wait for the marshmallows to set up first. Add the rice crispies to coat it before turning it out to set. Then place a marshmallow on each square you make for that appetizing charred topping. 

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3 Chocolate Marshmallows Cookie Recipe: +P8.21/piece 

There's something about chocolate that makes treats even more delicious. Paired with a pretty marshmallow on top, these dark chocolate cookies are instantly better looking. 

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Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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