Smokeless Alternatives

Part of the reason that quitting chew is so difficult is that it’s not just a mental & chemical battle. There is also a very physical part of breaking nicotine’s hold on us. For some of us, the oral fixation is one of the most difficult parts of our quits. If you’ve had something in your lip/mouth for the past 15 years your body gets used to it… take that away (along with all the nicotine that you’re losing) and you’re bound to be a little on the irritable side. Below is a list of alternatives to smokeless tobacco (also known as fake dip or fake tobacco) that will help you get past the oral fixation.

For more information about fake dip, check out these pages as well:


Smokey Mountain SnuffSmokey Mountain Snuff

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Jake's Mint ChewJake’s Mint Chew

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Hooch SnuffHooch Snuff

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Teaza Energy PouchesTeaza Energy Pouches

Mini-Green Energy PouchesMini-Green Pouches

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Schmitty's SnuffSchmitty’s Snuff

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Nip Energy DipNip Energy Dip

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Herd Sports ChewHerd Sports Chew

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Cowboy Coffee ChewCowboy Coffee Chew

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Major League Coffee DipMajor League Coffee Dip

Holt Tobaccoless ChewHolt Tobaccoless Chew

Fully Loaded ChewFully Loaded Chew

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Go Coffee EnergyGo Coffee Energy

Mint SnuffMint Snuff

Whitetail SmokelessWhitetail Smokeless

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Java ChewsJava Chews

Long Ball LicoriceLong Ball Licorice

Dryv Energy PouchesDryv Energy Pouches

Golden Eagle Herbal ChewGolden Eagle Herbal

Triuimph ChewTriumph Chew

Green Leaf Organic PouchesGreen Leaf Organic Pouches

Gator Sunflower Seed ChewGator Chew

Absolut SnusAbsolut Snus

Young's ChewYoung’s Chew


Wisconsin’s Fintest Root 100Root 100

Elicit Herbal ChewElicit Herbal Chew

The Ryan ExpressThe Ryan Express


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  1. Two of my favorites are missing from the list: Purple Mountain and Amarillo.

    Amarillo does sell a full nicotine, half nicotine, and zero nicotine version, so make sure you get the zero nicotine version. It is made of corn husks, and the dark cherry tastes really good. However, it doesn’t pack great. you can find it here:

    Purple mountain is made from hemp and contains CBD. I like the tart cherry, and I don’t crave nicotine when I use CBD. They are a smaller operation, and have really good customer service. You can find it here:

    I dipped Cherry Skoal for almost two decades. I’ve tried every Cherry Fake dip available. Hooch and Jake’s make good cherry products, but I like Amarillo and Purple Mountain the best.

    1. Thanks for the comment Clark – I’ve heard of Amarillo but don’t think I’ve ever run across Purple Mountain – will see if I can get my hands on both for review purposes.


  2. So, my review of SMC Wintergreen. It’s got decent taste and good bite. Consistency is great. My saliva does feel all sticky from the molasses which I don’t love. Overall, it definitely does the job of replacing the real stuff. At this point in my quit, it’s less about the nicotine and more about the oral fixation.

    I did notice after I spit it out that I had gator mouth. Not crazy about the higher cancer risk from increased cell turnover rate.(still better than tobacco by a mile) But, For that reason, I don’t think I want to use it regularly. I would keep it for emergencies as it is great for particularly bad cravings, but I noticed it is only good for 2 weeks and cravings that would necessitate using it are pretty far and few between. Even when I used to chew, I was only going through a little over a can a week. And often would be on the same can for over 2 weeks if life was busy. Since it’s a food product, idk if it actually goes bad instead of just drying out… I can deal with putting a dry lip in.

    Anyone know how long i can actually keep it past the shelf date? (Unofficially, if legal reasons require it) I would rather not have to waste the majority of a can and then buy a new one when I get a bad craving.

    1. I’ve kept cans of SMC (and many other subs) for FAR past the date on the can… years even. Almost always, its just a matter of rehydrating them and you’re good to go. Only advice… go easy. Start with literally two or three drops of liquid (water or whiskey for me) and shake it up. You’d be shocked how quickly they go from dust to watery sludge.

  3. I use red man strait and longhorn strait is there an alternative to those that someone could point me to thanks.

  4. Are there any pouch alternatives that have a flavor profile close to grizzly wintergreen, but doesn’t have any kind of sugars or ingredients that can cause cavities?

    1. Not a big pouch fan, wasn’t when I was a Dipper either but I bought a Wintergreen, Zero Strength, pouch can of Wintergreen of Triumph for a friend who was a grizzly Dipper. He said they were pretty good. But, as I always say, NOTHING will be like the real thing. The key is finding something that will “do” and doesn’t contain nicotine.
      I’d be more worried about grizzly staining and rotting your teeth out before some sugar from a fake dip.

    2. I never used Grizzly Wintergreen pouches, but I was a Kodiak Wintergreen guy for the better part of two decades. There are SEVERAL really good wintergreen pouch products out there.

      Hooch Packs (pouches) have a flavor that’s spot on to Wintergreen Skoal Bandits:

      Jake’s Mint may be too “minty” for you, but is a good pouch:

      Triumph is a tad sweeter than Kodiak – this may be a winner:

      Bacc-Off has some great pouches – if you’ve ever tried Renegage pouches and you like those these are for you:

    3. I had chewed Grizzly wintergreen for 20 years or so. I’ve found Peppermint Grinds has been satisfying for flavor

    4. Whitetail Smokeless ( Wintergreen pouches. Literally use Xylitol for sweetneer and so much nicotine in them you gotta be careful. Very strong although a Nicotine free variant is available i believe..

    5. I’ve been using zyn wintergreen. It taste the exact same and I really like it. You can find it at most gas stations.

  5. Looking for a good substitute for Grizzly Longcut Wintergreen for my husband…can someone help me narrow down the search and point me in the right direction? Thanks!

      1. But outlaw contains nicotine, if you’re going to use nicotine, you might as well just continue to using dip.
        You’re only trading one habit for another.
        This advice is a complete FAIL!

          1. I don’t know if you’re trolling, but tobacco and all processed tobacco products contain nicotine. The alternative market for dip is geared towards harm reduction, and the fact that Big Tobacco makes it nearly impossible for start up companies to make new brands of tobacco dip, so these companies are developing products using different herbal blends and adding nicotine. They can’t legally state that their products are safe, but they do state that their products are a better alternative to tobacco. The thing is, Nicotine is highly addictive, and if you have any genetic predisposition towards heart disease, using nicotine will only contribute to that. Tobacco related cancers likely will not develop, as the products are tobacco free, but is paying money to use a product that will have you hooked to a chemical that is known to constrict blood vessels and increase blood pressure really that much safer in the long run?

            Like I stated earlier, tobacco naturally has nicotine, but the way it is processed in the USA makes the final product deadly. If you are truly concerned about using a “safer” nicotine product, then brands like Whitetail, Outlaw, Fully Loaded, and Black Buffalo would be safer than sticking with anything from Big Tobacco.

  6. Just for fun, why don’t you put these in order of what they may be similar to in the tobacco market. Flavors, cut, etc. Would be great if there was a mechanism to grade/vote for each as to what the user found was a good replacement for their habit. Even an excel spreadsheet table would be helpful. If I want to replace Copenhagen regular – what have the users found is best? If I want to replace Skoal wintergreen long cut – likewise.

    1. Gregory –

      Cope is a tough one to find a good alt for. I was a Kodiak Wintergreen guy so take my recommendations with a grain of salt, but I’d point you to these as a starting point:

      Hooch (Classic or Spitfire)

      Triumph Classic (non-nicotine version)

      There are a couple of coffee based products that I’ve heard some Cope users enjoy. Personally I didn’t see the similarity to Cope but again I was a Kodiak guy:

      Go Coffee Energy

      Cowboy Coffee Chew

      And finally, if your’e looking for a pouch product:

      Grinds Coffee Pouches

      Sorry if this is more detail than you were looking for. Let me know how we can help!

    2. I’ve been chewing kodiack,grizzly and Copenhagen wintergreen for 30 years. I can’t find anything to replace it. Any one have advice? Pouches aren’t my thing. I’m open to any suggestions. Thanks.?

      1. I used Kodiak & Wintergreen Long Cut Skoal when I dipped for 30 years…but I did try Cope over the years. So take my suggestions as just that, a suggestion.
        I’ve heard some say Classic Triumph, the Zero Strength tastes like Cope. I always thought Smokey Mountain Straight smelt and tasted like Cope, but the texture wasn’t the same. What I remembered most was the fine cut of Cope. I think Elicit, who I don’t know is still out there, had a really close cut. I think Hooch sells a fine cut (opposite Rough Cut). Try their classic. Your classics and straights will be the ones “close” to Cope.
        Remember, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will replace the real stuff. The trick is finding one that’ll do. Back when I tried quiting in the 90’s, all that was available for fake stuff, was Oregon Mint. That shit, is still shit! There are several good alternatives out there (above), don’t be afraid to dabble with them. Just be sure they are Nicotine Free ?
        Good Luck!
        Quit since 07-15-14

    1. Hey Tim – Sadly, there really isn’t much out there in terms of an alternative for long leaf tobacco. Your best best would be gum, sunflower seeds or shredded beef jerky. I’m also a big fan of using Slim Jim’s as an alternative.

      You could also try these ‘plug style’ products from Long Ball. They are licorice products that are essentially candy but will do the job in a pinch (no pun intended)

    2. I’ve been waiting for someone to ask. My opinion, and I was a Skoal user, but recently tried Grape Flavored Smokey Mountain and I immediately thought it had a close taste to Red Man and Beechnut (the leafy stuff).
      Again, nothing and I mean NOTHING, will be the exact same. But try that Grape Flavored Smokey Mountain….I think you’ll be surprised how close it is.

  7. I use Grizzely Wintergreen Pouches and Copenhagen Wintergreen Pouches. What suggestions do you have to replace those?

    The main thing for me is the feel of something in my lip that has a slight burn.

    1. I’m trying fully loaded wintergreen. It has a nice burn at first but it goes away quick. They have pouches too the long cut is sort of unfulfilling. I’ve been using Grizzly Wintergreen long cut since it was $.99 a can and I still keep going back. But I’m giving it a shot still can’t find something that gets the taste right.

    1. Hey Jeremiah – it really all depends what flavor / brand you’re trying to substitute for. Let me know what you’re looking for, happy to point you in the right direction.

    2. I chewed primarily Skoal Straight and Redman leaf – there is nothing that exactly takes the place of tobacco, but after trying nearly all of the non-tobacco products my favorites are Bacc-off pouches and Hooch Keylime rough cut. I also like the Hooch fat pack pouches. As Chewie says, “The farther away from tobacco I get I’m preferring the pouches more.”

    1. Hey Rae – I was a Kodiak Wintergreen guy for nearly 16 years (along with pit stops for Skoal Cherry along the way).

      The good news is there are a SLEW of great alternatives out there. I’d suggest starting with either Hooch Wintergreen, Smokey Mountain Wintergreen or Bac-Off Wintergreen. There are a couple of varieties as well.

      Hooch offers a “rough cut” which isn’t QUITE long cut, but close.

      They original Wintergreen has long been my standard bearer of best Wintergreen on the market:

      Smokey Mountain has a great consistency but it’s a little too “Skoal Wintergreen” for me.

      Finally, Bacc-Off Wintergreen comes in Wintergreen, Extra Wintergreen and Energized Wintergreen. Each have their own merits / tastes.

      Sorry if this is more than you were looking for. I tend to be a bit overzealous when it comes to this stuff 😉

      Let me know how I can help ~ Chewie

    2. None of these fake dips really have the same flavor of the real shit. The key, try as many as you can, find one you like….don’t use nicotine anymore.
      I was a Skoal Wintergreen guy myself, Triumph was hands down, my favorite of the litter. I liked all they offered too, they had Wintergreen, Classic, Mint and Cinnamon. Classic and Wintergreen favorite. Mint was probably #3.
      If you like heat, Hooch has a spit fire flavor that is very, very warm.
      When I first started dipping, Hawkens was what I started with. I’ve always felt, Wintergreen Smokey Mountain tastes a lot like Hawkens. And Smokey Mountain Straight, tastes a lot like Cope.
      But the key to these, as I said, is finding one that “will do”. None of this stuff is like the real shit, but they are definitely some very good alternatives out there that have kept me clean for almost 5 years. Find one, stop using nicotine!

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