The California Department of Public Health keeps a strict list of approved ingredients for cottage food operators. This list prohibits the use of butter, cream, and cheese in cottage food products.
Business Owners Say:
“Customers buy my cupcakes because they like the frosting, which contains the "prohibited" ingredients. Changing my recipes would mean potentially losing loyal customers.”
"The drawback of the list revolves around a limiting creativity regarding flavor and menu creations. There are a lot of different recipes I would like to create and provide to my clients, but am not able to freely include certain gourmet ingredients.”