One of the threads we have on the forums is all about Smokeless Alternatives. We talk about which ones we like, which ones we don’t like, where to get them, etc. During a recent discussion someone mentioned an alternative that I hadn’t tried before so I figured I’d remedy that situation.
According to their website (www.worldsgreatestchew.com), Holt Tobaccoless Chew is the, “World’s Greatest Chew“. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it is definitely an alternative worth checking out.
About The Product
Holt was developed by a former (45 year) smokeless user Dave Holt after he developed cancer in his lymph gland. Luckily Dave is now cancer free and pursuing his passion of helping people to quit. Holt is different from other alternatives out there as it is all natural and made (primarily) from alfalfa leaves. Yep… you read that right. Alfalfa leaves. They have a pretty substantial distributor network in Montana, South Dakota and Idaho.
Had a great smell when I opened up the can. I’m always interested to see what the product is actually going to look like (if it’s going to actually LOOK like tobacco). I was happy to see that this particular alternative did in fact look like the dip that I was addicted to for so long. This may actually be a downside for some people (as it may be too close to the real thing and actually cause craves) but if I’m going to chew fake stuff I prefer it be as close to real as possible. Looking at the product in the can it appears to be drier than it actually is. This USA made product is somewhere between long and fine cut.
- Good peppermint (wintergreen) flavor that lasted quite a long time.
- Feels “soft” in my mouth which is a good thing. It doesn’t have that “harsh” feeling that some of the other alternatives do. This may lead to less irritation from extended use.
- Decent “spitability” here producing an OK amount of saliva. Not the most that I’ve had from a smokeless alternative product but certainly not the least.
- It looks like real tobacco. For some this may be a negative.
- Only one flavor. I was a Kodiak Wintergreen guy so this is right up my alley, but if you were a Cope or Skoal flavored (Cherry, Mint, Straight, etc.) dipper you may not like this flavor.
This is a nice smokeless alternative. Personally I don’t really care that it’s made from alfalfa but for some that may be a big selling point. I loved the fact that it felt nice and soft in my mouth and it packed very well. At this point in my quit I’m not a regular alternative user, but that softness may not lead to some of the irritation that I found with some of the other products. If you’re a fan of wintergreen/peppermint flavored dip then you should give this one a shot. I’d like to offer a special thanks to Dave Holt for sending along a sample can for me to try.
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