In the United States today, there 
are nearly 200,000 fast food joints,  

and if you’re getting a burger, you might 
as well get some ice cream to go with it,  

right? Dessert is important, after all: you need 
to know who has the very worst and absolute best.

When it comes to popular desserts 
available from a fast food restaurant,  

opting for a Chocolate Shake from Burger King 
would undoubtedly go down as a decision you  

fully regret. Theoretically, a cold, sweet 
treat with chocolatey goodness is exactly  

what you want to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
Sadly, a Chocolate Shake won’t fit the bill.

First of all, the texture of this shake is all 
wrong. Instead of being thick and luscious,  

it’s super thin and liquidy: you’ll be 
surprised by the milkiness of it and the  

fact that it barely has any chocolate flavor at 
all. To top off this disappointment of a dessert,  

the Burger King’s Chocolate Shake is topped 
with whipped cream that tastes like regret.

On your way home from a long day at 
work or an extended night of partying,  

you catch a glimpse of the iconic Golden Arches 
in the distance. It hits you that some ice cream  

would be a perfect way to wind down, so you drive 
toward the alluring golden hued fast food oasis.  

When you get to the drive-thru intercom, 
you place your order for a Vanilla Cone.  

That’s when the McDonald’s worker utters the seven 
words you’ve heard far too often in your life:

“Sorry, our ice cream machine is down.”

While there might be a legitimate reason for 
why McDonald’s ice cream machine is seemingly  

always broken, in retrospect, you realize you 
were wrong to head to the Golden Arches for a  

Vanilla Cone in the first place. The soft 
serve ice cream is described as vanilla,  

but it doesn’t have much discernible flavor. 
To make matters worse, the cone sometimes has  

an unappetizing texture that leads you to 
believe that it’s stale. In a word? Pass.

While it’s been drilled in our 
heads that Arby’s has the meats,  

sometimes you will want a dessert to go 
along with all that protein. If you order  

Arby’s Cherry Turnover as a fast food dessert, 
prepare yourself to be completely underwhelmed.

When this pastry first catches your eye, 
you will be hopeful. It looks like a treat  

that will tickle your taste buds with sweetness. 
But on your first bite, you’ll realize that your  

assumption is a mistake. The Cherry Turnover is so 
flaky that it’s unpleasant to have in your mouth,  

making it difficult to swallow. With a 
minimal amount of cherry filling and a  

skimpy amount of icing on top, this thing 
lacks the sweet goodness you expected.

The dessert options at KFC are limited. You 
can either order cookies or a chocolate cake.  

The cookies don’t look that good (and they aren’t 
good, for the record), so the chocolate cake is  

the default choice. Unfortunately, you will soon 
learn that this cake isn’t worth ordering either.

KFC calls its chocolate cake “The Big Finish”, 
but a more appropriate moniker would be  

The Big Letdown. While it has a chocolate 
flavor to it, unlike Burger King’s shake,  

the cake itself is way too spongy and airy. When 
you bite into it, this thing has an elasticity  

that is totally off-putting. Instead of a 
cake like your grandmother used to make,  

it has a processed taste and feel that will 
fill you with a sense of disappointment.  

The icing on top is also overly sweet, 
which is another strike against KFC’s cake.

If you’re getting pizza delivered to your home, 
it’s always tempting to add fast food dessert  

to your order. Domino’s Marbled Cookie Brownie 
sounds like it’d be scrumptious. The description  

says this bad boy is a marriage between a fudge 
brownie and a big cookie with chocolate chunks.  

Unfortunately, the Marbled Cookie 
Brownie turns out to be more of a  

marriage of culinary convenience 
than a marriage of true love.

The biggest issue with this combo 
dessert is the texture. It’s not  

quite the texture you want for a cookie, 
nor the texture you’d prefer for a brownie.  

Instead, the texture lands 
somewhere in the middle.

To give Domino’s some credit, the Marbled 
Cookie Brownie was a good attempt,  

as the result is so sweet that you won’t 
hate it. Although you won’t be too impressed,  

it’s just good enough that you will eat it all.

White Castle has a dessert called 
Fudge Dipped Cheesecake On-a-Stick,  

and there are some things to like about it. First 
of all, it’s undeniably cheap and convenient.  

You just hold it by the stick and shove it into 
your face. It’s also unique enough that everyone  

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has an excuse to try it once — if only to boast 
that you gave this fast food dessert a shot.

While you might like the Fudge Dipped Cheesecake 
On-a-Stick enough to finish it with a smile on  

your face, you won’t be itching to order it again. 
Truth be told, it’s a little underwhelming. The  

fudge is thinner than you’re imagining, and the 
cheesecake is lacking in rich flavor. The stick  

gimmick is handy, but that alone is not enough 
for you to make a special trip to White Castle.

If you’re already at White 
Castle and have never tried it,  

it’s good enough to order. 
But don’t go out of your way.

Ordering the Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell is a 
gamble. If you’re unlucky, they may be too hard,  

too soft, or too light on the cinnamon 
and sugar coating. But if you’re lucky,  

you’ll be happy. At their best, Cinnamon Twists  

are a really good fast food dessert — 
but it’s certainly a roll of the dice.

And they’re not difficult to make: they’re just 
rice noodles put into a basket, fried in oil until  

they’re crispy, and then blessed with a blend 
of cinnamon and sugar. Though it looks easy,  

you never know what to expect until you 
insert the first twist into your mouth.

If you want a fast food dessert from In-N-Out 
Burger, you have three choices: a strawberry  

shake, a chocolate shake, or a vanilla shake. 
The vanilla shake is the best of the bunch — but  

it’s still not overly impressive. While watery 
shakes are disgusting (we’re looking at you,  

Burger King), shakes can also be too 
thick. That’s the issue with In-N-Out  

Burger’s dessert offering. It’s impressive that 
they make their shakes with real ice cream,  

but it’s a bit of a buzzkill when you 
can’t even use a straw to sip your shake.

If you order a shake from In-N-Out Burger, 
there’s a trick you can do if you want to avoid  

disappointment. All you need to do is get a spoon 
and pretend that you ordered vanilla ice cream.  

Looking at this dessert as ice cream instead 
of as a shake will leave you satisfied,  

as it has a rich vanilla flavor that is 
the perfect way to finish off any meal.

“I state my regret.” “You couldn’t have memorized 
that?” “I could not, because I do not feel it.”

If you’re in search of a ridiculously 
cheap fast food dessert, go to Subway  

and order the cookies. For less than a 
buck per cookie, you can stop your sweet  

tooth from shouting at you. While the types 
of cookies available at Subway can vary,  

safe choices include Oatmeal Raisin, White 
Chip Macadamia Nut, and Double Chocolate Chip.  

All of these cookies are soft 
and overflowing with flavor.

As good as these cookies taste, it’d be impossible 
for us to rank them any higher. Although these  

goodies are an inexpensive treat from Subway that 
are friendly to your taste buds and your wallet,  

at the end of the day, they’re still just cookies. 
We’ve all had so many cookies in our lives that  

it’s difficult to be overly impressed. Besides, 
if you know the way around your kitchen and have a  

handful of necessary ingredients at your disposal, 
you can probably make similar cookies at home.

For those individuals with a demanding 
sweet tooth, Pizza Hut’s Cinnamon Sticks  

are a fine option. These things have 
a healthy amount of cinnamon on them,  

but it’s really the sweetness from the sugar that 
stands out. The sweetness doesn’t stop there,  

as Pizza Hut also gives you a tub of icing for 
dipping purposes. After you dip these sugary  

sticks into the sugary icing and bring it to 
your lips, your sweet tooth will be in heaven.

These Cinnamon Sticks aren’t perfect, though. 
Some people will find that this dessert is  

actually too sweet, and who knew that was 
even possible? It is, and they can be.

Shake Shack has a host of quality menu items that 
are worth spending your hard-earned dollars on.  

If you’re looking for a filling dessert, 
you can’t go wrong by ordering a Concrete.  

This dessert is made from Shake 
Shack’s tasty frozen custard,  

which is a combination of hormone-free milk, 
cage-free chicken eggs, and cane sugar.

The cool thing (no pun intended) about 
these Concretes is that they are completely  

customizable. You pick either vanilla frozen 
custard or chocolate frozen custard as the base.  

From there, you select which mix-ins 
you feel like eating at that moment.  

Available mix-ins can differ depending 
on the location and the time of year,  

but you can have confidence that everything 
Shake Shack offers is of pristine quality.

A slush as a dessert? Absolutely! The Cherry 
Limeade Slush from Sonic Drive-In is worth  

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going out of your way to get your hands on. If 
you’ve never had this must-try fast food drink,  

prepare to be thrilled. The cherry flavor 
is delightful, and things only get better  

when the lime aftertaste kicks in. You’ll 
be thoroughly impressed by each and every  

sip. This slush is definitely worth being in the 
top half of our list of best fast food desserts.

Want to kick things up a notch? First, 
go get your Cherry Limeade Slush from  

Sonic Drive-In. Make it a Route 44 size 
so you’ll have more to work with. Next,  

bring it home. If you drink a few 
sips on your journey, that’s okay.  

Once you’re in your house, add some vodka to it, 
and you’ll have a world-class cocktail to enjoy.  

Be warned that if you do this once, you’re 
going to want to do it over and over again.

One of Chick-fil-A’s most popular 
items on its menu is the Icedream Cone,  

and essentially, it’s exactly 
what you’re expecting.

The Icedream Cone is like the aforementioned 
Vanilla Cone from McDonald’s, except that this  

dessert is actually tasty — and you don’t have to 
worry about dealing with McDonald’s ever-iffy ice  

cream machine. Chick-fil-A’s version has a deep 
vanilla flavor that you can taste in your soul.  

It’s smooth and isn’t prone to melting 
right away. Once you make it to the cone,  

you’ll be surprised just how good it 
tastes — it’s good enough to eat by itself,  

in fact. The cone’s crunchy texture is 
also a joy, especially when you compare  

it to the fast food dessert that McDonald’s 
offers. If you look closely, you will see  

that it says “Eat It All” on the cone, and 
you won’t hesitate to oblige that request.

Was Burger King forced to repent before the 
gods of chocolate after creating the fast food  

dessert disaster that is its Chocolate 
Shake? Taste the Hershey’s Sundae Pie,  

and you may believe that’s 
a plausible explanation.  

While Burger King’s shake lacks anything remotely 
chocolatey, this pie is the exact opposite.

First, the crust of the Hershey’s Sundae Pie 
is made with a generous amount of chocolate  

and a serious amount of crunch. Next, the cream 
filling is made with rich chocolate. Thirdly,  

there are Hershey’s chocolate chips 
added to the mix. Last of all,  

as if that weren’t enough chocolate, whipped 
cream and chocolate syrup are added on top.  

It may sound like this could be too much of a 
good thing, but it works. It absolutely works.

If you want a little bit of a break from 
the chocolate, just hack your Burger King  

order by adding ice cream to it. Hershey’s 
Sundae Pie a la mode is as good as it sounds.

“Somebody take my pulse because I think 
I’ve died and gone to chocolate heaven!”

At Popeyes, the Cinnamon Apple Pie is the king 
of fast food desserts. This pie is served warm,  

and it smells amazing yet tastes even better. 
While McDonald’s has sold its Hot Apple Pie  

since the 1960s, Popeyes took everything great 
about the McDonald’s pie and improved upon it.

What makes the Cinnamon Apple Pie from Popeyes 
superior to similar pies other fast food joints  

peddle? Their advantage starts with the cinnamon. 
While competing pies have a hint of cinnamon,  

Popeyes went all the way — and the result 
is glorious. Beyond the cinnamon, the crust  

is the perfect texture and seemingly never 
gets soggy. Inside of the Cinnamon Apple Pie,  

the fruit filling is dense and explodes 
with flavor each time you bite down.

Despite all the flavor and all the goodness, 
Popeyes’ dessert pie has fewer than 300 calories.  

That means you can eat one (or even two) without 
feeling an ounce of guilt for ruining your diet.

The honors don’t stop when discussing the 
Cookies & Cream Milkshake that’s available  

at your local Chick-fil-A. Not only is this 
shake the most popular flavor at Chick-fil-A,  

it’s the best fast food milkshake in 
America. If you doubt that opinion,  

order one of these shakes, take a big, 
chilly swig, and you too will be convinced.

Everything about the Cookies & Cream Milkshake 
is a grand slam. It’s thick but not too thick.  

The crumbs of the Oreo cookie are the perfect 
size, as they fit through your straw but aren’t  

so big that you need to waste time chewing. The 
vanilla-flavored cream is ever-present and rich.  

Sometimes the cookies can overshadow the cream in 
similar milkshakes, but that’s not the case here.

Chick-fil-A also has chocolate, 
strawberry, and vanilla milkshakes,  

but there’s really no need to switch up your 
order. Stick with the Cookies & Cream Milkshake,  

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and you will always end your 
yummy meal on a high note.

There must be something magical about Jack in the 
Box’s NY Style Cheesecake. It’s so, so good that  

it doesn’t even make sense. Compared to the Fudge 
Dipped Cheesecake On-a-Stick from White Castle,  

it lacks the fudge and the handy stick. Jack 
in the Box’s dessert offering isn’t even that  

big and isn’t aesthetically pleasing enough to 
stand out from the crowd of fast food desserts.

But take a bite of the NY Style 
Cheesecake, and you’ll understand.  

Start with the humble graham cracker crust. It 
doesn’t look like anything to write home about,  

but it’s satisfyingly crunchy 
and packed with flavor.  

The cheesecake itself is unbelievably creamy 
and equally as tasty. The combination will  

make you savor each bite. When you’re done, 
you’ll be tempted to get another slice.

The Dairy Queen Blizzard fast food dessert 
comes in a wide array of flavors — from Lemon  

Meringue [muh-RANG] to Turtle Pecan Cluster and 
Choco Cherry Love to Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.

However, the most popular Blizzard flavor is 
the Oreo Blizzard — and for good reason. This  

thing is a phenomenal dessert. For as wonderful 
as Chick-fil-A’s Cookies & Cream Milkshake is,  

the Oreo Blizzard is similar, but 
it’s an unmistakable step above.  

The Oreo cookie pieces are blended 
perfectly and retain their great taste.  

The ice cream, as is the case with all 
Blizzards, also tastes really good.

Though it’s hypothetically possible to make 
your own Oreo Blizzard, let the experts at  

Dairy Queen handle the heavy lifting. Your job 
should just be to chow down on the final result.

“Oh, we’re also gonna need two ambulances to wheel 
us out of here when we’re done.” Stare…. “Hehe.”

Many McDonald’s patrons looking for a fast 
food dessert make the mistake of picking  

the Oreo McFlurry, but the best dessert by far 
is the M&M McFlurry. Real milk chocolate M&Ms  

are taken for a ride in a blender along with 
vanilla soft serve. The resulting deliciousness  

will blow your mind — and your taste buds. 
If you’ve only known the Oreo McFlurry,  

make the switch and never look back. Yes, 
it’s worth the trip, even if your local  

McDonald’s might have a malfunctioning 
ice cream machine. That’s how good it is.

There was a time when the M&M McFlurry almost 
disappeared from McDonald’s menu. Mars Inc.,  

the candy company that produces M&Ms, thought 
about pulling the plug on their partnership.  

Thankfully, they thought better of 
it. That would have been a tragedy.

Although Jollibee [JOLLY-bee] is 
primarily known for Chickenjoy,  

its delicious fried chicken that is 
expertly marinated and breaded by hand,  

what you’ll remember most about your visit is the 
fast food dessert. The Peach Mango Pie is so good  

that you will be left in a state of shock. What’s 
Jollibee’s secret? Maybe it’s that this Filipino  

fast food company imports the mangoes for this 
pie directly from the Philippines. Whatever the  

case may be, American fast food companies can 
learn a thing or two from this luscious dessert.

If you like McDonald’s Hot Apple Pie or 
the previously mentioned Cinnamon Apple  

Pie from Popeyes, you will totally love 
this pie. The peaches pop with flavor,  

and the mangoes add a layer of gentle 
sweetness that is a joy to experience.

What is the best dessert in the fast food world? 
The answer to that question is surprisingly easy.  

Wendy’s Frosty is head and shoulders above 
the competition. This relatively simple treat  

doesn’t rely on any gimmicks or trickery. 
It’s just the perfect fast food dessert.

These days, you can either order a Classic 
Chocolate Frosty or a Vanilla Frosty. While  

the Vanilla Frosty is good in its own right, the 
Classic Chocolate Frosty is what you should order.  

It’s the real deal. When people speak about their 
love for the Frosty, it’s the chocolate one that  

they’re talking about. Besides, the Classic 
Chocolate Frosty is actually made by combining  

chocolate and vanilla together, so you’re 
getting the best of both worlds in the same cup.

What are you waiting for? Go 
treat yourself to another Frosty,  

and experience the best fast 
food dessert in all its glory.

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