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The best fast food dessert in the U.S.

We've taste-tested shakes, sundaes, churros and all to find the best fast food dessert

Written by
Danielle Valente

A delicious dessert — whether ice cream, pie, or chocolate — is the perfect way to finish up a meal when you’re dining out at a restaurant. The same applies for fast food. After chowing down on a Big Mac or a crunchwrap, why not make that fast food order a little sweeter. Fast food desserts don’t get as much attention, but trust us, they’re worth it. We’ve done our research to find the best fast food dessert, so your burger or nuggets won’t be left hanging.

Classics like the Sonic Blast and Wendy’s Frosty are cold and sugary, while Taco Bell’s Cinnabon Delights and Jack in the Box’s Mini Churros offer a hot, cinnamon-y option. These tantalizing confections are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, but which fast food desserts are the absolute best? Where does your favorite rank on our list?

Make your next takeout order a little sweeter with these top desserts. If you’re not sure of what to order on the savory side of the street, check out our guides to the best things to order at Chipotle, Taco Bell, Subway and Popeyes. While you're at it, be on the lookout for the best gas station snacks, including some super-sweet options.

The best fast food desserts


A tribute to our favorite candy bars, Sonic Blasts celebrate each treat—Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Butterfinger, Snickers and so on—by mixing a dollop of ice cream, cookie crumbles and syrup in with bits of the confections. We might be partial to the Oreo-flavored Blast. 


While we never refuse a burger at Five Guys (and a generous scoop of peanuts, of course), the real draw is the chain's desserts. Handspun shakes vary from the traditional (think vanilla and chocolate) to the avant garde mix-ins like bacon. We can't possibly deny ourselves that scoop of whipped cream to polish it all off. 


Nothing pairs better with a Shack Burger and crinkly fries quite like a concrete. These sweet custards are blended to perfection with fruits, candy, cookie crumbles and any other topping your heart desires. While flavors availability varies by location, we recommend a customizable approach to the dessert. 

But first: Dinner via delivery

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Open up any app and it's filled with more meal options than you can eat in a year. The thing is, which of them make up the best delivery food to choose? These days you can order anything your heart desires and stomach demands, but only certain menu items meet the top criteria. Save yourself from botching orders and become a master of the apps with these sure-fire bets.


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