Approved Cottage Foods
CFOs are not allowed to manufacture potentially hazardous foods, acidified foods, or low acid canned food products that would support the growth of botulism if not properly prepared. The products that can be produced as cottage foods are subject to review for additions and deletions annually. The CDPH will accept requests for changes during a specified one-month period, evaluate the requests, and post the changes within two months of the closing date.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has established a list of currently approved food products that may quality to be manufactured or repackaged by CFOs. As of January 1, 2018, the current list includes:
- Baked goods, without cream, custard, or meat fillings, such as breads, biscuits, churros, cookies, pastries, and tortillas.
- Candy, such as brittle and toffee.
- Chocolate-covered nonperishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruits.
- Dried fruit.
- Dried pasta.
- Dry baking mixes.
- Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales.
- Granola, cereals, and trail mixes.
- Herb blends and dried mole paste.
- Honey and sweet sorghum syrup.
- Jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butter that comply with the standard described in Part 150 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
- Nut mixes and nut butters.
- Vinegar and mustard.
- Roasted coffee and dried tea.
- Waffle cones and pizelles.
- Cotton candy.
- Candied apples.
- Confections such as salted caramel, fudge, marshmallow bars, chocolate covered marshmallow, nuts, and hard candy, or any combination thereof.
- Buttercream frosting, buttercream icing, buttercream fondant, and gum paste that do not contain eggs, cream, or cream cheese.
- Dried or Dehydrated vegetables.
- Dried vegetarian-based soup mixes.
- Vegetable and potato chips.
- Ground chocolate.
- Seasoning salt
- Flat icing
- Marshmallows that don't contain eggs
- Popcorn balls
- Dried grain mixes.
- Fried or baked donuts and waffles.
- Dried hot chocolate (dried powdered mixes or molded hardened cocoa pieces).
- Fruit-infused vinegars (containing only high acid fruits, such as apple, crabapple, nectarine, peach, plum, quince, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, grape, huckleberry, gooseberry, loganberry, pomegranate, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, tomatillo, youngberry, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, orange).
- Dried fruit powders.
Pickled products, acidified foods such as chutneys and salsas, foods containing meat, and any food that requires refrigeration are NOT approved cottage foods in California.