The Ultimate Feel Good Guide to Fast Food Desserts

Pairings of our favorite sweet and savory meal items.

You don’t have to feel so guilty about eating scary, processed meat products at fast food chains anymore because a lot of them are focusing on their sweet treat menus. To help keep your conscience clear, Chic-fil-A just announced a new ice cream/coffee concoction that will make your mouth water and your brain stall. Many other chains have pumped their resources into pimping out sugar-induced coma foods. And these tasty items will curb any sweet tooth craving—with none of that nasty, engineered animal protein.

Here’s the definitive guide to eating sweet at your local fast-food hub.

Taco Bell: Cinnamon Twists + Nacho Cheese + Mountain Dew Baja Blast

Opt for a bag of crunchy cinnamon sugar snacks and dunk each crisp into a side order of creamy nacho cheese. Wash it all down with a cool and sweet slushy that behaves like a tropical party in your mouth. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Calories: Cinnamon Twists (120) + Nacho Cheese (150) +Mountain Dew Baja Blast (200) = 470

Burger King: French Toast Sticks + Vanilla Soft Serve

Dunk sweet and warm French toast sticks into a creamy and cool vanilla soft serve. You will hit the moon. Ask for the soft serve in a cup. Dip accordingly.

Calories: French Toast Sticks (230) + Vanilla Soft Serve (140) = 370

Chick-fil-A: Waffle Potato Fries + Chocolate Shake

Fries and ice cream are a slam dunk, especially when it’s Chick-fil-A waffle fries dripping with truly the best milkshake I’ve ever had. Just replace dinner with this. You’ll be fine.

Calories: Fries (310) + Shake (550) = 860

Jack in the Box: Vanilla Ice Cream Shake + Mini Churros + Caramel Dip

The warm bite of a gooey, fresh churro with a giant gulp of a sweet and cool vanilla shake is everything you might imagine. Order an Apple Bite with Caramel Dip, and ditch the apples. Squeeze the caramel right onto your shake. Dip your churros whenever possible.

Calories: Vanilla Shake (684) + Mini Churros (347) + Caramel Dip (70)= 1,101

Mc Donald’s: Baked Apple Pie + Vanilla Cone

Look, the apple pie thing is way good. If you make it ala mode, you will be very, very happy. Ask for your vanilla “cone” in a sundae cup. Take each bite like this: Swipe of delicious ice cream, chunk of apple pie. Easy.

Calories: Vanilla Ice Cream (150) + Baked Apple Pie (230) = 380

Wendy’s: Jr. Classic Chocolate Frosty + Chicken Nuggets

Okay, so this one has weird meat (maybe), but it’s worth it. This might be the best dip combo in the world. It’s sweet! It’s savory! It’s all the best textures at once! It’s all the best flavors!

Calories: Jr. Classic Chocolate Frosty (200) + 4-Piece Chicken Nuggets (180) = 380

Kentucky Fried Chicken: Biscuits + Honey + Pepsi

Warm, flaky biscuits drenched in real honey will make you warm and fuzzy. Grab a handful of honey packets and your biscuits will taste like pillows from heaven. Wash it down with a sweet and syrupy Pepsi.

Calories: Biscuits (180) + Honey (100) + Pepsi (150) = 430

Crissy Van Meter is the managing editor at Nouvella Books and the founding editor of Five Quarterly. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Catapult, Guernica, Bustle, ESPN, The Hairpin, Golly, VIDA, and more. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Algonquin Books.
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