Pigeon Forge company celebrates National Popcorn Day

Pigeon Forge company celebrates National Popcorn Day with '6 News' flavor

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Nancy Thursbay is the manager of the Smoky Mountain Popcorn Company in Pigeon Forge. It's been around for the past three and a half years. Nancy Thursbay is the manager of the Smoky Mountain Popcorn Company in Pigeon Forge. It's been around for the past three and a half years.
Here you can choose from more than 150 of flavors of popcorn, from cheesy to sweet to spicy. Here you can choose from more than 150 of flavors of popcorn, from cheesy to sweet to spicy.
"If you get bored all we have to do is go into the kitchen, put our brains to the table and come up with new flavors. It's a fun job," said Nancy Thursbay. "If you get bored all we have to do is go into the kitchen, put our brains to the table and come up with new flavors. It's a fun job," said Nancy Thursbay.
While favorites run the gamut here at the store, lots of folks like it hot. While favorites run the gamut here at the store, lots of folks like it hot.
6 News popcorn is red, white and blue, like our logo colors, and drizzled in white chocolate. 6 News popcorn is red, white and blue, like our logo colors, and drizzled in white chocolate.

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - We received an email recently from Nancy Thursbay of Pigeon Forge, reminding us that Sunday, January 19 is National Popcorn Day. She also asked if we were curious about what 6 News popcorn tasted like, so we went to see her.

Thursbay is the manager of the Smoky Mountain Popcorn Company in Pigeon Forge. It's been around for the past three and a half years.

Here you can choose from more than 150 of flavors of popcorn, from cheesy to sweet to spicy.

They have just about any flavor you can think of.

"If you get bored all we have to do is go into the kitchen, put our brains to the table and come up with new flavors. It's a fun job," said Thursbay.

Popcorn has been around for thousands of years. It's believed to have been first cultivated by people in what is now Peru, and there is also evidence of popcorn from 3600 B.C. in New Mexico.  

While favorites run the gamut here at the store, lots of folks like it hot.

"People come in looking for something hot - no flavor. They want heat. Now we have it. We give them 'Ghost Pepper'," she said.

Of course, never one to pass up a challenge, I tried it.

There were many more flavors to try, from Elvis Presley, to Nanner Puddin', to Suntan Lotion.

"I usually get them to taste it and tell them that it doesn't taste like suntan lotion is. It tastes like suntan lotion smells. It's not oily or anything, and once they taste it, they realize it really does taste like suntan lotion smells," said Thursbay.

We weren't there for the run of the mill flavors. We were here to taste the best.

6 News popcorn is red, white and blue, like our logo colors, and drizzled in white chocolate because we're so sweet. Well, I'm not so sweet, but Kristin and Lori are.

Remember, Sunday is National Popcorn Day, so go find your favorite flavor.


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