12 Unhealthiest Dessert Options Across America

We all need an occasional cheat meal every once and a while and sometimes, you just can’t help it when your sweet tooth comes calling. If you decide to order dessert while you’re dining out, that’s totally fine, as long as you’re splitting it with at least one other person. Trust us, once you get a glimpse of some of your favorite restaurants’ biggest culprits, you won’t want to eat one of these by yourself. They’re packed with calories, sugar, fat, and sodium, most of which are actually dangerous for your health to be consuming regularly.

12. Denny’s Cake Batter Milkshake

1,090 calories, 52 g fat (37 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 890 mg sodium, 147 g carbs (0 g fiber, 122 g sugar), 13 g protein
This milkshake brings on a wave of nostalgia, as anything cake batter and Funfetti seems to always do, but when you’re at Denny’s refrain from ordering it. With 122 grams of sugar, it’s just sweetness overload, and not in a good way.


11. Red Robin Cinnamon Sugar Doh! Rings

1,550 calories, 51 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 1,230 mg sodium, 259 g carbs (6 g fiber, 124 g sugar), 19 g protein
At Red Robin, these dough rings are easy to split after dinner with your friends or family, but seeing how much sodium and sugar they pack is reason enough to not order this for the table.


10. Bahama Breeze Rebecca’s Key Lime Pie

1,050 calories, 38 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 670 mg sodium, 162 g carbs (3 g fiber, 132 g sugar), 16 g protein
Dining at Bahama Breeze gives you the feeling that you’re on a Caribbean vacation, so going for the key lime pie just sounds right. But the amount of sugar in one slice, 132 grams, is nothing to celebrate.


9. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pizookie

1,210 calories, 52 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 668 mg sodium, 170 g carbs (4 g fiber, 133 g sugar), 15 g protein
This is proof that just because something is gluten-free, that doesn’t automatically make it good for you. The Pizookie is BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse signature dessert, but this skillet cookie sundae is one to skip.


8. Applebee’s Blue Ribbon Brownie

1,400 calories, 62 g fat (35 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 530 mg sodium, 196 g carbs (3 g fiber, 131 g sugar), 20 g protein
Perhaps this brownie and ice cream combo from Applebee’s would be much better if it served up half of what you get now—just one brownie and scoop of ice cream seems much more reasonable. Think about sharing this one with at least one other person, as you don’t need to consume all this fat and sugar yourself!


7. TGI Friday’s Red Velvet Cake

1,690 calories, 92 g fat (43 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 960 mg sodium, 199 g carbs (1 g fiber, 146 g sugar), 16 g protein
TGI Friday’s Red Velvet Cake honestly looks so inviting but don’t fall for it. There is nothing redeeming about this cake. Just one piece that is served with ice cream is more than 1,600 calories and has nearly 150 grams of sugar. We wouldn’t even consider splitting this with someone else!


6. Dairy Queen Brownie Dough Blizzard

1,400 calories, 65 g fat (32 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 610 mg sodium, 193 g carbs (8 g fiber, 150 g sugar), 27 g protein
The Blizzard is Dairy Queen’s staple, but the Brownie Dough variety is simply dangerous.


5. O’Charley’s Brownie Lover’s Brownie

1,650 calories, 77 g fat (45 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,420 mg sodium, 227 g carbs (9 g fiber, 154 g sugar), 24 g protein
O’Charley’s brownie is described as decadent and it’s easy to see why. It’s filled with toffee morsels, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces, and topped with vanilla ice cream, creating a dessert that has more than 150 grams of sugar.


4. Uno Pizzeria & Grill Awesome Chocolate Cake

1,740 calories, 79 g fat (32 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat), 770 mg sodium, 241 g carbs (10 g fiber, 168 g sugar), 20 g protein
There is nothing “awesome” about this cake, clocking in at more than 1,700 calories and 168 grams of sugar. That’s as much sugar as you’ll get in 35 Oreo cookies!


3. P.F. Chang’s Great Wall of Chocolate

1,700 calories, 71 g fat (30 g saturated fat), 1,410 mg sodium, 259 g carbs (14 g fiber, 190 g sugar), 17 g protein
One slice of this bad boy from P.F. Chang’, which is made up of six layers of frosted chocolate cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips, and you’re in for 190 grams of sugar.


2. Cracker Barrel Apple Dumplin’

1,710 calories, 73 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,410 mg sodium, 259 g carbs (14 g fiber, 190 g sugar), 17 g protein
Here, two scoops of ice cream cover slices of apples and pecan streusel that are oven-baked in a special crust. Sounds delicious, but it packs 190 grams of sugar. Short answer: just say no.


1. Longhorn Steakhouse Chocolate Stampede

2,460 calories, 132 g fat (74 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 1,040 mg sodium, 289 g carbs (12 g fiber, 191 g sugar), 28 g protein
Let us start by saying, Longhorn Steakhouse’s Chocolate Stampede should be eaten by at least two people because it’s that big. There are six types of chocolate here served with vanilla bean ice cream that creates a dish that is more than 2,000 calories and has 3.5 grams of trans fat. Even if you split this dish evenly with someone else, that doesn’t make it any better.