Top 10 Best Fast Food Desserts
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Ty Richardson
You can't leave without tasting these sweet treats! For this list, we're looking at some of the best desserts you can order from various fast food chains. Our countdown includes Hershey's Sundae Pie, Frosty, Blizzards, and more!
Top 10 Best Fast Food Desserts
You can't leave without tasting these sweet treats! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today, we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Fast Food Desserts.
For this list, we're looking at some of the best desserts you can order from various fast food chains. Note: we’re only considering American fast food restaurants here. Hope you’ve got a sweet tooth!
#10: Sonic Blast
If you love ice cream but long for more big chunks of your favorite topping, Sonic has got you covered! Like many other major fast food chains, Sonic features its own line of signature frozen dessert. On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be anything that special Sonic Blasts, but what makes them so good is just how much they overload them with toppings. You want Cookie Dough or Reese’s cups? Well, you’re going to get a ton of it! And rather than a traditional topping, it’s mixed in from top to bottom. All that to say, you’re going to want to leave room for dessert. Of course, when at Sonic, you equally can’t go wrong with the Classic Fresh Banana Shake.
#9: Chocolate Overload Cake
Jack in the Box
Chocolate-lovers assemble, because Jack in the Box has got something special for you!! Behold the holy creation that is the Chocolate Overload Cake! This rich cake was designed to deliver maximum chocolatey goodness; not only does it contain bittersweet chocolate chips, but it’s also coated in chocolate buttercream icing. Knowing how sizable Jack In The Box makes their meals (between their beefy burgers and boxed meals stuffed with fries), it’s hard to imagine we’d have room leftover for something like this. But hey, when has a full stomach ever stopped a true chocoholic from having a dessert this enticing?
#8: Cinnamon Apple Pie
When looking at Popeyes’ menu, it quickly becomes clear that dessert isn’t their top priority - at least not when it comes to variety. The fast food chain, best known for its fried chicken, has only ONE dessert on its menu consistently. But you know what? It is the only one it needs - the Cinnamon Apple Pie! Served in a convenient sleeve to eat on the go, this pastry consists of a perfectly crispy crust jam-packed with a gooey cinnamon and apple filling. A handful of other establishments offer up their own riff on hand pies, but of them all, Popeyes’ undoubtedly does it best.
#7: Hershey’s Sundae Pie
Unlike at Popeyes’, any customer with a sweet tooth who visits Burger King will find themselves spoiled for choice. You can go for an Oreo chocolate shake, Chocolate Fudge Sundae, or a couple of cookies, but the big ticket item on BK’s dessert menu is Hershey’s Sundae Pie! This slice of heaven boasts a chocolate creme filling, sitting on a throne of chocolate crust and drizzled with… (you guessed it) chocolate! Oh, and there’s chocolate chips in the pie, too. Basically, if you’re crazy about all things chocolate (or Hershey’s, even), this dessert was made for you.
#6: Fudge-Dipped Cheesecake on-a-Stick
You know, the average burger joint is typically content to stick with serving ice cream cones or milkshakes. But White Castle is not like most burger joints. Heck, they don't even serve ice cream! They DO, however, serve something called a Fudge-Dipped Cheesecake on a Stick, and boy, does it make our mouths water! You're basically getting the best of two worlds here - a fat slice of cheesecake and a hearty amount of fudge coated over it. (And did we mention it's on a stick?) If you live in one of the select regions where a White Castle can be found, you have to nab yourself one of these...or the Fudge-Dipped Brownie on a Stick.
It’s one of the simplest treats you can get in a fast food joint, and while nearly every major chain sells cookies, none have matched the same level of quality as Subway. Whereas most restaurants will only offer the token chocolate chip cookie, Subway provides a few more options with Double Chocolate, Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, and M&M--WE MEAN, “Rainbow Candy Chip”! They’ll even throw in some odd flavors like White Chocolate Raspberry from time to time. If you catch them at the right hour, you may be able to snag yourself a cookie fresh from the oven!
The McFlurry has been giving McDonald’s customers a reason to smile for decades. Who hasn’t tried one of these yet? Admittedly, they’re not always well-made, but they certainly make up the messy presentation with consistent toppings and taste. Needless to say, the McFlurry is perfect for when you’re craving a satisfying frozen dessert, but also equally don’t want to be overwhelmed with choices. You can typically choose between an M&M’s McFlurry, the ever-popular Oreo variety or one of their seasonal flavors like the Snickerdoodle McFlurry. And you know what? You really can’t go wrong! They’re all good.
#3: Cinnamon Twists
Taco Bell has never really defined themselves by dessert (they aren’t called TACO Bell for nothing), but there is one item on their menu we can’t stop munching on! No, it isn’t those gooey Cinnabon Delights or the sugary Freeze drinks - though both are good in their own right - we’re talking sweet and crunchy Cinnamon Twists! Just one taste of these little guys, and you’ll be wanting more. On top of that, it’s one of the few fast food desserts to boast a low calorie count, clocking in at just 170 calories per serving. So, if you’re trying to maintain a steady diet, but can’t control that sweet tooth, you might want to pick up a small bag of Cinnamon Twists.
While it may be lacking in its selection of flavors (seriously, only chocolate and vanilla? Where the heck is Strawberry!?), Wendy’s Frosty exists in a category of its own as far as frozen desserts go. It’s not a milkshake… it’s a Frosty. The chain’s iconic dessert achieves a perfect blend of thick and runny to the point where you have options on how to consume it - with a spoon or with a straw! OR a french fry! And if you can’t get enough of the delectable dessert, there’s plenty of ways to keep your craving in check while saving money. Simply buy one of their Frosty key tags for a couple of bucks, and you’ll get a free Frosty with every purchase.
Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few delicious Honorable Mentions…
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Nuggets
Vanilla Frozen Custard
Cinnamon Bread Twists
Dairy Queen has been in the fast food dessert game for a long time, which makes it no surprise that one of its menu items has taken our top spot. The Blizzard has so much that'll satisfy your taste buds: the ice cream is never too thick or too runny, and DQ offers a wealth of toppings to load up your Blizzard with. You can add peanuts, brownie bites, cheesecake bites, crumbled chocolate candies, graham crackers, chocolate chips, hot fudge, pieces of fruit, and that's just scratching the surface! So, would you like a simple Oreo Blizzard or a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard? Or do you want to get CRAZY!? At DQ, they make ice cream dreams come true!