I’ve heard that smells are more closely linked with memories than any of our senses, so I wasn’t surprised when I recently read an explanation of the link online at “How Stuff Works.” In an article titled, “How Smell Works,” Sarah Dowdey explains:
A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people’s moods and even affect their work performance. Because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain’s limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it’s sometimes called the “emotional brain,” smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously.
Maybe that explains why guests seem to be so happy when they’re at our Village:
because there are so many smells – most of them associated with food. And who doesn’t like food?
One of my favorite smells at Kitchen Kettle Village comes from Pappy’s Kettle Korn. Greg and his team pop fresh kettles of their famous kettle korn several times a day, sending a gloriously enticing smell through the Village. I remember Greg’s dad, Ron, who founded the business with his wife, Eileen, announcing the start of each locally made batch by ringing a cow bell and shouting, “Popping another batch of fresh Pappy’s Kettle Korn”!
It’s easy enough to find the shop – just follow your nose! But get ready to engage your sense of taste in some of the yummiest kettle korn you’ve ever tried. The slightly sweet, slightly salty Kettle Korn is made using the original recipe from the mid-1800’s with gourmet popcorn kernels. Talk about indulging the senses!
And there are new flavors and delicacies to feed your senses, too. More smells to relive some memories. Or create delicious new ones. Nom! Nom!