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Dessert isn’t something most people tend to associate with fast food chains, which is a shame. Just about every fast food chain out there offers something to satisfy your sweet tooth, but the actual quality of those desserts can range between outrageously tasty and borderline inedible. We’ve tracked down the five best and five worst fast food desserts from big national chains.
Light, crispy, just sweet enough, and timeless. Even for people who aren’t into fast food desserts, no trip to Taco Bell is complete without Cinnamon Twists.
Chocolate cake is no stranger to fast food menus, but the quality of said cakes can vary pretty widely. At the very top of the pack, however, is Jack in the Box’s Chocolate Overload cake. It’s super-moist, made with real ingredients like buttermilk and semisweet chocolate chips, and has a lot of rich chocolate flavor.
Arby’s turnovers rank among the hidden gems of the fast food world, available in apple, chocolate, and cherry varieties. Usually selling for just over a buck, these are big, flaky, and fresh. While we have no qualms about the fruit-filled ones, the chocolate turnover will knock your socks off. Usually still warm when you get it, it’s loaded with a Hershey’s chocolate filling with the consistency of Nutella, topped with chocolate icing, and the puff pastry is crisp and tender.
At Burger King, the caramel is mostly high fructose corn syrup and has little to no caramel flavor, and the ice cream is primarily milk, corn syrup, thickeners, and stabilizers. A dessert like this is simply not worth your time.
There’s only one way to eat a funnel cake: hot and fresh out of the fryer, topped with powdered sugar immediately before serving. When a funnel cake is taken out of the refrigerator and microwaved, as it is at Rally’s/ Checkers, it’s going to be greasy, soggy, and, if you eat the whole thing, a mistake.
Popeyes’ pecan pie is made by Edwards, which you’ll also find in your supermarket freezer section, and it’s decidedly nothing to write home about. The crust is cardboard-like, the pecans on top are mealy, and the layer in between contains no pecans at all, just corn syrup and margarine.
These may look good, but you know it’s a bad sign when you squeeze a food and a stream of grease comes out. Sweet filling inside a sweet deep-fried cake rolled around in sugar can be tasty if done well, but in this case it’s just a greasy, painfully sweet mess.