6 Easy-to-Make Merienda Housewives Can Sell for Extra Income

If you’re a housewife looking for an opportunity to earn extra income (or maybe you simply want to do something productive after the kids are sent to school), then starting a small business at home is an excellent move!

Don’t let the thought of starting a small business intimidate you. There are several small business ideas you can look into that won’t require a huge capital and can be operated at home. It shouldn’t be hard, especially with the skill set that Filipino housewives have.

Filipino moms are renowned for their cooking after all.  Why not turn that skill into hard cash? Remember, Pinoys love food! So much so that three full meals a day just isn’t enough. In fact, having merienda or light meals in between full meals is a Filipino staple. Merienda is relatively easy to prepare and something all Pinoys enjoy, no matter what their age or background.

Thanks to its popularity, merienda is a great business opportunity for housewives! You can easily rack up extra income by putting up a small merienda stall in your neighborhood.  Read on below for some inspiration as to what food options you can prepare and sell for extra income.


  1. Halo-halo

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 Regardless of the weather, halo-halo is such a fresh and fun merienda-slash-dessert option that Filipinos enjoy. It’s a mix of shaved ice, evaporated milk, fruits, ice cream, gelatin, leche flan, and more depending on your recipe. There’s no way you can go wrong with this classic especially during the summer—but it’s a year-round favorite. A small cup of halo-halo costs around P30-P50 per cup. Its ingredients are relatively easy to source, and your main equipment would be a freezer to make sure everything stays chilled. Go crazy with your rendition of this favorite mix!

  1. Ice Buko

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 Continuing the trend of chilly desserts, ice buko is another simple yet tasty treat that you can easily create. This is a mixture of buko juice and meat and condensed milk that’s either frozen on a popsicle stick. You can sell them for P10-P15 per stick around your neighborhood by either setting up a schedule (example: weekday afternoons at 3 PM) or perhaps biking around your area to spread the news. Get popsicle molds, and you’re all set. On weekends, you can even recruit the rest of the family to go around the neighborhood to sell your treats.

You don’t even have to worry about having ice buko left-overs, your kids will be happy to take care of that.

  1. Banana cue

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If you’ve noticed the trend by now, it’s that Filipinos have a sweet tooth. Banana cue is another excellent choice for an afternoon snack. It’s made up of deep-fried saging na saba coated in brown sugar, usually on a bamboo stick. This can go around P15-P20 per stick, already containing two bananas. Your primary cooking equipment will be a pan and some oil to deep fry the bananas. Easy peasy!

  1. Fish balls and squid balls

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These popular finger foods are usually available at tusok-tusok carts along sidewalks, but what if you could bring it a little closer to your neighborhood? You can buy these frozen at the grocery store and add more variety like a traditional stall, such as kwek-kwek, hotdogs, and kikiam. You can sell a stick of 8 for P20. Like the banana cue, you would need a deep friend pan to execute this, as well as sauces and condiments that perfectly complement these Filipino merienda staples. Try sweet and sour sauce—it’s a sure hit!

  1. Pancit

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If you have a bit more room for heavy meals, pancit is the way to go. It’s lighter than spaghetti yet tasty enough to be of its league. Popular variants are palabok or bihon/guisado. Go for thin rice noodles and season it with the recipe of your choice. You can sell this for P25-30 for a small serving to go with other meals if you are offering a variety in your business.

You can also tell your neighbors that you can hook them up with pancit bilao. It will be a hit everytime someone celebrates a birthday in your community. Through word of mouth, you may even find yourself setting up a catering service in the future!

  1. Arroz Caldo

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Last but not the least, there’s the hearty arroz caldo which is perfect for colder seasons or rainy days. This is usually salty rice porridge mixed with chicken, vegetables, and other spices. This is easy to prepare in big batches and serve in smaller sizes via plastic bags or cups. You could charge P20-25 for a small cup or P35-45 for a larger serving. Again, these are one of those dishes where you can incorporate a unique twist to make the recipe your own.

Another upside is that by the time your kids get home from school, you won’t have to prepare an after-school snack for them anymore. They can have your filling arroz caldo and get on with their homework.

Start Your Merienda Business Today

There you have it! These are just some of the most popular merienda dishes you can prepare at the comfort of your home and sell in your neighborhood. You could start with this for your business, and eventually even come up with something original on your own.

With Cashalo, it’s easy to shell out capital for your small business! You can even do it online at the palm of your hands via their loan app.

With reasonable interest rates and flexible repayment schemes, you’ll be able to get the money you need to bring your dream business to life while earning for your household. Thankfully, the food options above don’t need a lot to start! Which one are you most willing to try?

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