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The 10 Best and Worst Fast Food Desserts

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The 10 Best and Worst Fast Food Desserts

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The 10 Best and Worst Fast Food Desserts

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. 

BEST: Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists

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BEST: Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists

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.

BEST: McDonald’s Oreo McFlurry

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BEST: McDonald’s Oreo McFlurry

Vanilla ice cream blended together with Oreo cookies? You’d be hard-pressed to encounter anyone who isn’t a fan of this sweet treat.

BEST: Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty

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BEST: Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty

Sometimes the simple classics are better than anything new coming out of the woodwork. Soft, thick, chocolaty, and unchanged at all over the decades, Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty is so good that it’s a better fry-topper than ketchup. 

BEST: Jack in the Box Chocolate Overload Cake

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BEST: Jack in the Box Chocolate Overload Cake

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. 

BEST: Arby’s Chocolate Turnover

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BEST: Arby’s Chocolate Turnover

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.

WORST: Sonic Fudge Brownie Molten Cake Sundae

WORST: Sonic Fudge Brownie Molten Cake Sundae

The ice cream and chocolate sauce is nothing to write home about, and the “molten” cake is actually room temperature at best. Sorry, Sonic

WORST: Burger King Caramel Sundae

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WORST: Burger King Caramel Sundae

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.

WORST: Checkers/ Rally’s Funnel Cake

WORST: Checkers/ Rally’s Funnel Cake

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. 

WORST: Popeyes Pecan Pie

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WORST: Popeyes Pecan Pie

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. 

WORST: Taco Bell Cinnabon Delights

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WORST: Taco Bell Cinnabon Delights

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.

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