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