Fake Chewing Tobacco Recipes – Healthy DIY DIP made from Herbs

Someone near and dear to me started chewing tobacco. He used it to stay awake while driving vehicles across the country, two trips in one month! To help my loved one, I concocted a fake snuff using plants from the garden. He likes the taste and simply swallows it when he’s done – no spittin’ in a bottle. And the ingredients are good for him!

How to Quit Chewing Tobacco

Most deaths from smokeless tobacco are a result of heart failure, not cancer. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide succumb to diseases caused by chewing tobacco.

Do you know someone who wants to stop dippin’? Think about how you might combine herbs and other foods to create a DIY dip that gets him closer to quitting. I want to share my best recipe with you so you can help someone you care about. Please share.

Herbal Apple Chew/Nature Dip with NO TOBACCO


  • 12 medium borage leaves plus 6-8 flowers (No borage? Use another herb like parsley. With parsley, blanch it first to reduce bitterness. You’ll need 5 cups of parsley leaf tops with leaves.)
  • 1 organic apple chopped with peel, core removed
  • 4 sprigs cilantro
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1 sprig marjoram
  • 2 sprigs fennel fronds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons organic molasses

1. Dry the herbs. If using borage, handle dried borage with gloves!
2. Dry chopped apple 50%. Estimate that it is partially dry. Use a dehydrator on high for 45 minutes or an oven at 200F for one hour.
3. Add molasses to a warm plate. (Run the plate under hot water for a minute, then dry or place in a microwave for 30 seconds.) Place chopped apple on top of the softened molasses and mix well.
4. Place the sweetened apple on a mat in the dehydrator, dry 80%. Again estimate.
5. Place herbs in food processor and pulverize – but not too much.
6. Place apple in with herbs and blend until desired texture. Spoon into container and refrigerate.

fake dip, how to qquit chewing tobacco, fake snuffAnother successful recipe uses cilantro and parsley as a base and Pear, honey, Oolong tea, mace and almond oil for flavor.

Herbal Pear Chew/Nature Dip with NO TOBACCO


  • 1 organic pear
  • 4 cups fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems (taste test – if bitter, blanch for on minute first)
  • 2 cups fresh parsley leaves and tender stems (taste test – if bitter, blanch for on minute first)
  • 1 Oolong tea bag (or any organic tea you think would go well with these ingredients)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey (local best)
  • ¼ teaspoon mace (or nutmeg)
  • 2 drops of almond oil


  1. Cut pear in slices, core removed. Dry pears 50% in dehydrator on high, about 1 hour.
  2. Fifteen minutes prior to turning dehydrator off, make the soaking juice: ½ cup water, 3 tbsp raw honey, leaves of 1 Oolong tea bag, ¼ teas mace and 2 drops almond oil. Simmer on low heat for ten minutes. Turn heat off but leave pot on burner.
  3. Chop the half dried pears in the food processor but not too much. Pulse, pulse.
  4. Add pears to simmered soaking juice and let sit for a couple hours with the heat off. Place in dehydrator on mat and dry 80%.
  5. Make the Base: 4 cups ground cilantro leaves and tender stems and 2 cups ground parsley leaves and tender stems.
  6. Add herbs to food processor, add 80% dried pear mixture and pulverize to desired texture. Spoon into container and refrigerate.



  1. How do you preserve it in tins when a refrigerator available? I was hoping to make some for myself to take on a long trek and I won’t be having means to keep it from growing mold in it. I’ve been experimenting trying to make homemade chew for years and it always goes by that, more than use.

    • That is a challenge. If you dehydrate the contents fully you would probably be good. The texture that I came up with contained partially dehydrated ingredients. You could take all moisture out and then reconstitute the portion you want to use right away. If we take a lesson from hiking meals, they vacuum seal the contents and when ready to eat, add boiling water. We could think of it like that or like a tea bag. (I’ve tried tea before as an ingredient but it tasted bitter to my husband.) I have done some major/long-term hiking and thorough dehydrating is my best idea. You’ll lose that fresh texture but there’s a give and take.

      Maybe I’ll make a batch that is 100% dehydrated, see how long it will last before going bad and get a review from my husband on texture after a tiny bit of moisture is added back in.

  2. Is there any way I can order from someone? I don’t know anything about drying things, nor do I have a dehydrator.

    • It’s a great business idea but one I am not prepared to do. You could use your oven ro dehydrate. I had my husband keep unused portions in the fridge and I only made small batches.

  3. This worked perfectly for my coustomers on my website. Apparently, the herbs make a nice substitute for the “burning sensation.” They loved the herbal apple on the most!

  4. Do these burn like tobacco does? Apparently that’s the art he will miss

    • Smokey Mountain classic works for me. 12 years chewing it helped me quit. Herbal snuff with cyan powder for the “burn” effect. Great stuff and my wife is happy for me.

  5. Wondering if these recipes give the user a boost of energy? Looking for an alternative that’s healthy and keeps me awake on midnight shifts.

    • The herbs will give you a boost. What if you used the contents of a green tea bag (has some caffeine in it)?

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