A good fast food menu option is tasty and filling without being pretentious. It should be simple comfort food for when you want something quick and satisfying.
The same can be said for a good fast food dessert.
Dessert from a fast food chain should be something easy to handle, convenient to take “to go,” and, above all else, delicious.
With that in mind, here’s a very subjective list of the nation’s best fast food desserts:
Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty
Is it a shake? Is it soft serve ice cream? Who knows? Who really cares? The fact of the matter is that this bit of heaven in a cup is just so awesomely, spectacularly great that there’s no real need to classify it. Forget vanilla or any of the fancy-pants variations, chocolate is the way to go. Whether it’s on a hot summer day or a cold winter evening, Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty is the best.
McDonald’s Oreo McFlurry
Take McDonald’s soft serve vanilla ice cream, blend some ground Oreo dust into the creamy goodness and you have the infinitely satisfying Oreo McFlurry. MacDonald’s has a ton of different McFlurry options, depending on location and availability, and all are quite good-but nothing tops the chocolate cookie-vanilla ice cream combo. It’s guaranteed that you will be scraping the bottom of the cup to get every last bit.
Dairy Queen’s Snickers Blizzard
Sticking to the concept that two delicious things shoved together in one cup is a “can’t miss,” here’s this treat from the masters of frozen treats. Bits of Snickers candy bars, mixed with vanilla ice cream is just about as good as a dessert can get. If you don’t immediately revert back to childhood as you dig into your cup, excavating chunks of Snickers, then there’s just no hope for your inner child.
Steak ‘n Shake Chocolate Shake
Made with real milk and real ice cream, the Steak ‘n Shake Chocolate Shake takes you back to a time when there was a human touch to your post-burger desserts. Be aware that this franchise treats shakes like an art form and has an entire menu’s worth of flavor options. You can’t go wrong, though, by just sticking to regular, traditional chocolate.
McDonald’s Apple Pie
Simple, cheap, and absolutely unpretentious, the McDonald’s Apple Pie is the best no-fuss dessert for the customer on the go. Buy a couple of these babies at the drive-thru, eat them in the car on the way home, and then dig into your main course. Yeah, they’re extra good when eaten hot-so, it’s totally okay to eat dessert before dinner.