8 Expert-Recommended Fast-Food Desserts

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Chick-fil-A chocolate chip cookies

Sports nutritionist Greg McCoy recommends this chain's cookies. "I'm a real-life cookie monster," he says. 

KFC's chocolate chip cookies

Our experts love cookies, with Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Ruth Novales praising KFC's low-calorie treat. 

McDonald's soft serve

"Dessert—anywhere—is an indulgence," says Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, FAND. "Keep it occasional and small.

Starbucks Cake Pop

Ayoob loves cake pops with his coffee, saying, "Starbucks cake pops are indulgences with 160 calories and little nutritional value

Auntie Anne's Cinnamon Nuggets

Fast-food desserts aren't bad. Carbohydrates provide most calories.

McDonald's McFlurry

The McFlurry, like many fast food items, is high in calories, sugar, and fat and may not be nutritious

In-N-Out Vanilla Milkshake

"Fast food desserts are too sugary." "But on the rare occasion I splurge, In-N-Vanilla Out's Milkshake is my favourite because it's tasty without being overly sweet."


A doughnut from any mom-and-pop place is always worth the splurge morally and calorie-wise

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