These Are the Best Desserts You Can Get at Fast Food Chains Across America
Few things are as classic as a burger and a milkshake. But the desserts at America’s favorite fast food chains go far beyond the classic milkshake. In fact, you probably have your choice of a dizzying array of sugary treats at the fast food joints in your hometown. But as you might expect, some are better than others.
Read on to discover the best desserts that you can enjoy at fast food chains across America. Does your favorite make the list?
15. McDonald’s Oreo McFlurry
We couldn’t write a list of the best desserts at fast food chains without mentioning the Oreo McFlurry at McDonald’s. But it doesn’t rank higher on the list because — we hate to break it to you, McFlurry fans — there are better fast food desserts out there. As Eater explains, the Oreo McFlurry is the “frozen dairy approximation of an Oreo filling, which is to say a bit sugary without necessarily tasting like actual dairy.” The publication characterizes this dessert as “one of the least worst things anyone can order at McDonald’s.”
Next: Order this dessert with your taco or burrito.
14. Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists
Eater characterizes Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists as “one of America’s finest and most iconic fast-food desserts.” They have less in common with churros than they do with breakfast cereal, but Eater praises these ” rotini-shaped puffs of rice, corn, and flour dusted with cinnamon and sugar” for their balance of sweetness and cinnamon flavor. As The Daily Meal puts it, They make a great dessert, but you can also enjoy them with a cup of coffee.
Next: Try this the next time you order your favorite pizza.
13. Domino’s Marbled Blondie Cookie and Brownie
Eater adds the Marbled Blondie Cookie and Brownie at Domino’s to the list of the best desserts at fast food chains. The publication characterizes most desserts at pizza chains as “afterthoughts.” So most are easy to ignore when you want to find the very best. “But this brownie and blondie combination recalled Ghirardelli’s boxed brownie mix — which is pretty good,” according to the publication. This dessert is chewy and chocolatey, with delicious contrast thanks to the salty, buttery blondie bits.
Next: Try a slice of this dessert with your next Whopper.
12. Burger King Hershey Sundae Pie
Mandatory nominates Burger King’s Hershey Sundae Pie as one of the best desserts at fast food chains across the United States. The publication notes that this dessert is, perplexingly enough, “packaged up more securely than a bottle of children’s Tylenol.” But plenty of people deal with the finicky packaging to get to this treat. Complex reports that this dessert “consists of a chocolate ice cream filling enclosed in a crumbly chocolate crust with chocolate syrup and chips sprinkled on top.”
Next: If you love chocolate, you don’t want to miss this dessert.
11. Jack in the Box Chocolate Overload Cake
As The Daily Meal notes, many fast food chains have chocolate cake on their dessert menus. “But the quality of said cakes can vary pretty widely,” the publication warns. But The Daily Meal places Jack in the Box’s Chocolate Overload Cake at the top of the list. “It’s super-moist, made with real ingredients like buttermilk and semisweet chocolate chips, and has a lot of rich chocolate flavor,” according to the publication.
Next: Order one of these the next time you need a cool treat.
10. Dairy Queen’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard
Thrillist also puts Dairy Queen’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard on the list of the best fast food desserts. Mandatory reports that you can choose from a basically endless variety of Blizzards at your local Dairy Queen. A few favorites include Oreo, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Salted Caramel Blondie, Pecan Cluster, and Banana Split — plus the iconic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Next: This will pair perfectly with your roast beef.
9. Arby’s Cherry Turnover
Thrillist nominates the Arby’s Cherry Turnover as one of the best desserts you can get at a fast food chain. Some people complain about the flaky pastry. But we’d argue that that’s much better than the breadier pie dough found in other chain’s hand pies. As Thrillist puts it, “The pastry, cherry filling, and icing combine to form a delicious treat that you can take anywhere, though maybe not into a bakery that exclusively sells cherry turnovers.”
Next: Try this secret menu item at one of America’s most beloved regional chains.
8. In-N-Out Root Beer Float
One of the best secret menu items at In-N-Out? The Root Beer Float. Thrillist notes that this regional chain is loved because of the “seemingly endless array of options both on and off the menu.” And because the root beer float remains a secret menu item, you can customize the texture as you see fit. Spoon University explains, “The spicy root beer melts with the sweet and creamy vanilla milkshake and creates something that is super addictive. Next time you go to In-N-Out, you need to try this.”
Next: Want a dessert that actually tastes like fruit? You can’t go wrong with this one.
7. Sonic Fresh Banana Shake
With all the chocolate, peanut butter, and cookie dough in fast food desserts, fruit sometimes gets pushed to the side. But not at Sonic. Eater characterizes Sonic’s fresh banana shake as “one of the cleanest expressions of any fruit in a non-restaurant setting, a seamless blend of cool ice cream and tropical perfume.” Each shake contains fresh banana, ice cream, and a splash of 2% milk. The short ingredients list lends the shake a balanced and natural flavor.
Next: Order one of these with your chicken sandwich.
6. Chick-fil-A Icedream Cone
Eater names Chick-fil-A’s Icedream “the best fast-food soft serve, a gently icy and exceedingly light product that’s the epitome of frozen dairy: clean, cooling, and milky, with an ethereal texture.” Of course, Chick-fil-A’s version of soft serve contains just as many stabilizers and emulsifiers as its McDonald’s rival. But Eater contends that the Chick-fil-A version tastes so much better.
Next: This dessert tastes so much better than the McDonald’s version.
5. Popeyes Hand Pies
Eater characterizes Popeyes Hand pies as “what you wished a McDonald’s hand pie tasted like: crackly, with the burnished golden exterior of a gentle fry (and no freezer burn).” Many people love the McDonald’s version of an apple pie, but it’s baked, not fried, which renders it inferior to the Popeyes version, according to Eater. At Popeyes, the Cinnamon Apple Pie contains delicious pieces of apples — and makes an equally delicious dessert or breakfast.
Next: You can indulge in some dessert even if you’re trying to eat a healthy diet.
4. Subway cookies
Amazing fast food desserts don’t have to be elaborate. Case in point? The delicious cookies at Subway. Mandatory reports, “While other fast food restaurants dangle ice cream or candy bar bits or hot pies and oozy cakes in front of their clientele, Subway simply satiates them with cookies.” Subway’s cookies may look ordinary. But each flavor — ranging from raspberry cheesecake to white chocolate chip macadamia to chocolate chip — is surprisingly delicious.
Next: You don’t want to miss this delicious dessert.
3. Sonic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Master Blast
Wide Open Eats nominates Sonic’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Master Blast as one of the very best frozen desserts at U.S. fast food chains. Many people love Sonic’s Master Blasts, and as the publication reports, the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor “is easily the best of the bunch.” It features vanilla ice cream with chewy morsels of cookie dough — cookie dough that tastes exactly like what you probably sampled in your mom’s kitchen as a kid.
Next: This may be the most iconic fast food dessert of all.
2. Dairy Queen Orange Julius Original
Eater points to the original Orange Julius as “one of the country’s original smoothies, supposedly first served in 1926.” This frothy dessert includes a mix of orange juice concentrate, egg white powder, whey, sugar, vanilla, and ice that Eater characterizes as “a pioneering feat of beverage engineering.” The aromatic beverage not only has a delicious flavor, but also has a drinkable texture that makes it a lot easier to enjoy with your food than many other fast food shakes.
Next: You’ve almost definitely tried our top pick.
1. Wendy’s Frosty
Eater argues that one factor that makes a Wendy’s Frosty “truly great” is its multiple functions. (Which could explain its place on the list of the most popular fast food items in the United States.) You can dip your fries in your Frosty, eat it with a spoon once you’ve finished your meal, and drink the rest of it as it warms. The publication maintains that either the chocolate or the vanilla flavor “would place it in contention for the country’s best quick-serve dessert.” But Eater recommends ordering a black-and-white or twist version, which combines both vanilla and chocolate, for one of the very best desserts available at at a fast food chain.
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