|Actress Jodi Sta. Maria shows off a milkshake at the formal opening of the Happy Barn Milkshake Factory at Rustan's Supermarket in Evia, Las Pinas on Sunday. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – Inspired by her son's fondness of milkshakes, actress Jodi Sta. Maria has put up a milkshake bar in Las PIñas.
Called the Happy Barn Milkshake Factory, the stall located at the Rustan's Supermarket in Evia, Las Pinas allows customers make their own milkshakes apart from the standard flavors, explained Sta. Maria, who stars in the top-rating daytime series "Be Careful With My Heart."
“We wanted to offer the market something new – a milkshake bar, a place where people have the freedom to make their own milkshakes, aside from the flavors that we are offering,” she told ABS-CBN News during the official opening on Sunday.
“I have enrolled dati sa isang cooking class pero doon sa paggawa ng flavors ng milkshake, ang naging susi ko 'yung pagiging mom ko. Kasi I have a 7-year-old kid na mahilig sa milkshake. When I was developing the flavors, si Thirdy din ang taga-taste-test kung magugustuhan niya,” she added.
Sta. Maria proudly shared that they use their own ice cream for their milkshakes, adding that they will soon come up with more varieties.
“At home we would use 'yung brands of ice cream na existing sa market. With Happy Barn Milkshake Factory, we formulated our own ice cream… We also use low-fat and low-sugar ice cream. And in the coming months, we will be serving a lactose-free, fat-free and sugar-free variety,” she said.
With the success of their first branch, Sta. Maria and her business partners are planning to open two more branches at Market! Market! in Taguig, and Power Plant Mall in Makati.
“Next month, we are opening two more branches. By December, we’ll be open to franchising. Hindi lang dito sa Philippines, we’ve been getting franchise inquiries from Malaysia, Singapore,” she said.
Happy Barn Milkshake Factory is Sta. Maria's second venture in the food and beverage business, after the Mardi Gras-inspired restaurant Rue Bourbon in Eastwood in Libis.