Sunday, January 23, 2011


I was trying to figure out how to get this information a few days ago.
Well, I've hurdled this obstacle now.
Thank God!

If you need this information for your product as well, here are some tips just so you wouldn't have to go through the excruciating process I went through the other day.

If you're required to get the exact figures, I'm sorry to really have to go to authorized labs for these. Here in the Philippines, I heard you have to pay around P14,000 per line to get this information from an accredited chemist. OUCH!

However, if you only need estimates. Here's how.

1. Be sure to have the exact measurements of your ingredients. 

2. Each ingredient usually has an accompanying nutrient value. You could look it up over credible sources over the internet or the official site of your country's food and drug administration.

Nutrition facts for a cup of skim milk
Grabbed here

3. Once you've gathered all the data you need, the next step is probably hours of computation. Usually the nutrition facts over the internet are based on a certain measurement like cholesterol 5mg per cup of milk. You would have to make the necessary computations so the nutrient value would correspond to the actual measurement you used for your product.

I was lucky because our mixture actually used a cup
of skim milk so I really didn't have to compute much
with this ingredient.

4. On top of this, nutrition facts being asked by malls, for instance, are usually per cup or per meal served basis. For instance...a whole container of our Iskrambol has 300g of carbohydrates. If one container could serve around 25 cups...

5. Now the tricky part is figuring out what 12g is, for instance, in terms of % of daily requirement. To get  this figure, you need the complete list of a person's daily nutrient requirement. A person with a 2000 calorie diet for instance...

Information from here

6. Using the same example in number 4...

In case you need a review on how to solve variables, I gave a detailed explanation here.
Hope this helps. :)
Good luck on your computations!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011



ISKRAMBOL NI JUAN AT MARIA is finally a registered business with legal permits to operate from the city government. This whole process is new for me so it's only now that I realize just how hard it is to be on the GOOD/LEGAL side.

To concerned authorities, maybe you guys could cut down the number of to-do-steps. This way, the whole process would not be discouraging for businesses. Imagine...even veteran businesses are having trouble with your whole system. What more newbies?!

with my business partner, Steph

I asked help from my superMom so I'm still a bit clueless as to how it all happened.
But here's what I know...

1. To protect your business name, register it at the Department of Trade and Industry. You could do it online or at any branch of the department. You will be asked to provide at least three names in case your proposed business name have already been claimed. I paid around P500 for this.

2. To legally operate, you need to get permit from the city government where your branch is located. 

3. If yours is a food business, you have to submit two 1x1 id pictures and the results of your urinalysis , fecalysis and xray. This is for your sanitary permit.

The mom took care of them. I'm sure there were several other tedious steps after but I think I got the first steps covered.

We paid around P6000 for a new business with a start up capital of P20,000. 
"OUCH!", our pockets said.
Silver lining...




In case you have no idea what this is...

Ice scramble, also known as 'Iskrambol' in the Philippines, is a famous Pinoy street dessert.
It is made of flavored shaved ice, often topped with milk and chocolate syrup.
Before...customers could only buy this cold slushie dessert from ice scramble vendors roaming the streets.
Today...entrepreneurs have found a way to make it more accessible to a wider market.

Here's Iskrambol ni Juan at Maria's version of the street slushie!

Chocolate Iskrambol, one of our best sellers