Put Down the Spatula! You Can’t Sell Homemade Baked Goods in NJ

If you’ve been thinking about cashing in on your grandma’s top-secret cookie recipe, you might want to move to another state.

When a Wisconsin judge recently struck down a ban that prevented baking-enthusiasts from selling their homemade goodies, New Jersey became the only state in the country where such a ban still stands. A New Jersey group has been working to overturn the law for several years now, but the effort has been blocked in the state Legislature. Lawmakers cite concern for the public’s health as their reason for keeping the law.

If you’re feeling perplexed, thinking about all the school bake sales you’ve been to – New Jersey actually doesn’t ban the sale of homemade baked goods at a charity event. However, selling them for profit or trying to start your own business is still a big “no” in the Garden State.

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