Judge: People can sell candy, cakes, cookies without license

A Dane County judge has ruled that Wisconsin residents can continue to sell a wide range of homemade food without a commercial license or kitchen, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Judge Rhonda Lanford issued the decision, which expands the types of food that can be made and sold from home to items like candy, cocoa bombs, fried doughnuts, and roasted coffee beans.

State law has for years drawn a line between which types of shelf-stable food items are exempted from license and commercial kitchen requirements. Statutes allow people to sell items like cider, maple syrup, and pickles, and allows nonprofit organizations and churches to sell all foods and meals.

State attorneys argued that food safety is the issue. But Lanford agreed with the plaintiffs’ arguments that homemade food is just as safe as other food.