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Top Shops in Gatlinburg With Free Samples

May 24, 2013

Man sampling food from woman no facesPlanning your trip to Gatlinburg, but not sure yet where you’re going to eat? We’ve compiled a list of great shops in Gatlinburg that offer free samples to help you decide. Try one, or try them all. You won’t be disappointed!


Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery


Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is it’s own category of shops in Gatlinburg. As Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery, Ole Smoky Moonshine invites guests to the area to come down for a free tour, and sample various types of their corn based spirits. You must be at least 21 of course to receive a free sample. If you like what you taste, Ole Smoky Moonshine has a gift shop showcases all their moonshine-inspired products.  


Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen


Samples and a show. Visitors to the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen shop in Gatlinburg can watch employees make taffy while sampling one of the many different flavors of homemade fudge. Other candy varieties offered by this shop in Gatlinburg include old time candy, homemade caramel, maple candy and truffles. Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen definitely has something for every sweet tooth!


Beef Jerky Outlet


That’s right, free samples of America’s favorite road trip snack. The Beef Jerky Outlet is a neat shop in Gatlinburg whose inventory includes kangaroo, salmon alligator and your more traditional deer. Visitors to the Beef Jerky Outlet rave about the friendly staff and great customer service. When you go be sure to check out their novelty lollipops with creepy crawlers in them.


The Peanut Shop of Gatlinburg


Specializing in hand cooked Virginia peanuts, the Peanut Shop of Gatlinburg has over 18 different varieties for this small shelled snack. Peanuts is not the only nut this shop in Gatlinburg has to offer. The Peanut Shop also offers a variety of cashews, snack mixes, pet treats, cakes and desserts. The best part about this shop in Gatlinburg is that visitors are allowed to sample the nuts before they purchase, with the assistance of a staff member of course.


Pepper Palace


If you like hot sauce, Pepper Palace is the place for you. This shop in Gatlinburg has literally hundreds of hot sauces, barbecue sauces, salsas and much more. The heat scale on Pepper Palace’s sauces range from nonexistent to Nasal Napalm. And yes, you can get free samples of all the sauces before you buy them. Not to mention, Pepper Palace’s shop in Gatlinburg has a special that if you buy five bottles of sauce you get the sixth one free!


Thomas Greene

Thomas Greene is a writer and travel enthusiast and enjoys blogging about things to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Some of his interests include hiking, mountain-climbing, whitewater rafting, photography, and writing. He has a passion for life and is a regular contributor to Smoky Mountain Vacation Guide. He has traveled all over the world and currently resides in Knoxville.