We are lucky in the sense that chain restaurants are everywhere, and they all have dessert menus. So when your sweet tooth is craving something delicious and indulgent, you don't just have to go to McDonald's and settle for an ice cream cone. Here are 10 chain restaurant desserts that are not to be missed, each of which you can likely find in your town.
Although we often think of fried goodies like hamburgers and fries when we think of fast food, but there are so many more dishes that are encompassed in this indulgent food group. If you're feeling like a decadent chocolate cake that you don't have to make from a mix or spend too much on at a bakery, the right fast food chain surely has it.
It's clear that fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Dairy Queen have perfected the ice-cream based desserts that perfectly accompany a burger and fries, but there are so many more fast food desserts worth trying. These are ideal for when you're craving that sweet treat but don't want to work too hard to get it, or they're perfect for when you've already chowed down on your main course but your sweet tooth is asking for a little extra something.
Although the Cheesecake Factory is an obvious choice, there are plenty of other fsat food chains that can offer you a dessert that will leave you in the perfect food coma. There are some surprises on this list, like PF Changs and Jack in the Box, but don't discount their dessert menu til you've tried it! Here are 10 of the best desserts at fast food restaurants.
The 10 Best Chain Restaurant Desserts
If you don't know about the Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili's, you haven't quite lived yet. There are imitations of this ooey, gooey chocolate cake filled with molten chocolate at grocery stores. But it tastes so much better fresh and hot at Chili's, served with an ice cream scoop on top. When it comes to the best chain desserts, this one takes the cake!
2. BJ's Brewhouse
Like Chili's, BJ's also serves an ice cream topped dessert that is so divine. Called the pizookies, you get a warm chocolate chip cookie in a skillet, topped with a rich vanilla ice cream scoop. What really sets BJ's apart is that you can change that cookie to a wide range of flavors they offer!
3. Outback Steakhouse
And just like BJ's, Outback does a really great cookie skillet also. At this restaurant, order the Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet for a sweet and salty treat.
4. Cheesecake Factory
No one does cheesecake quite like the Cheesecake Factory. We highly recommend you order the Adam's Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple to liven things up. You can get a plain Jane cheesecake anywhere, so add some texture and order one of their creations full of decadence.
5. P.F. Chang's
Sometimes you just want something chocolate-y, and P.F. Chang's has you covered. Their Great Wall of Chocolate cake is the ultimate "I'm not sharing" dessert. It may even be more delish than Cracker Barrel's exquisite chocolate fudge cake.
6. P.F. Chang's
Okay, we are coming at you with another favorite from P.F. Chang's. If you really want to try something that's new to you, but still sweet and delicious, order their Banana Spring Rolls. The spring rolls are filled with sliced bananas, fried and drizzled with caramel and vanilla. It is also served with pineapple ice cream.
7. Olive Garden
Did you really think we wouldn't include a brownie of some sort? Olive Garden does sweet treat brownie in the form of a cake. Their Chocolate Brownie Lasagna is an eight-layered brownie tower with thick cream cheese in between. It's definitely a wow factor.
8. Jack in the Box
Okay, we get it. You need a fast food chain option because sometimes you just don't want to leave the car. Well look no further than the menu items at Jack in the Box. Specifically, their mini churros are delightful. Dipped in cinnamon sugar, these bite-sized treats will give you a quick fix. You won't even need hot fudge to go with it.
9. Bonefish Grill
This may be a hit or miss because Bonefish Grill's aren't everywhere, but if you have on in your neck of the woods, go on by to try their Key Lime Pie. The tart and sweet pie is light, and the graham cracker crust is so good.
Craving a dessert all day? You can't go wrong with a milkshake from CFA. And in the right season, you may get to try a new flavor. If it's summer, we recommend the peach!
This post was originally published on October 13, 2021.