When going to a fast-food restaurant, a little sweet treat at the end of the meal really goes a long way. In the US, we’re used to the classic apple pie, ice cream cones, and sugary donuts, but when you travel around the globe, the wonders of desserts are on a whole other level. Try not to get too hungry as we list down 15 Fast Food Desserts AMERICA Wished They Had (Part 2).
15. Bubblegum Squash McFlurry – Australia
At our local McDonald’s, Oreo McFlurry is what dessert is all about – or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you go for the M&M flavor. In any case, you know what to expect when you pull up at the drive-through. However, in the land down under, they have a very shocking and yet delicious McFlurry flavor, the Bubblegum Squash. Don’t worry, this McFlurry does not contain squash in any way, shape, or form – but what it does contain is a whole lot of sugar and a lot of colors. This sweet dessert looks like it just came out of a fairytale with its pink and white mini marshmallows swirling around a baby blue bubblegum flavored syrup over a bed of vanilla ice cream. Obviously, it goes without saying that if you don’t have a really developed sweet tooth, this might not be the best match, but if you do, behold this sugary beast!
14. Cono Relleno – Spain
Who doesn’t love a good ice cream cone on a hot summer day or as a light and satisfying after-meal treat? It’s simple, universal, and oh so tasty, so how could you refuse such a deal? While many fast-food joints offer their own ice cream cones, Burger King Spain has one specific ice cream offering that looks amazing enough to make us weep. Over there, they don’t simply have empty, cheap ice cream cones; no, they have Cono Relleno – meaning stuffed cones in English. Upon first glance, the Cono Relleno might look completely normal, but once you bite into one, the filling overpowers you. Each cone has a hidden center filled with either chocolate syrup or dulce de leche sauce—the definition of a yummy surprise. The Cono Relleno represents the growing demand for creative desserts, and who knows, maybe it will make its way over to us as well.
13. Shake Shake Munchkins – China
If there’s anything more iconic than Dunkin’ donuts, it’s Dunkin’ Munchkins. Who hasn’t downed an entire box by themselves at least once in their life? They’re so tiny and sugary; it’s hard to resist. As most of you already know, tastes around the world can change, and in Asia, sweet and salty seems to be a very popular combination. You know where this is going, right? At Dunkin’ China, there are Shake Shake Munchkins, which are regular Munchkins, only with a little more salty factor. After they’re fried, these warm donut holes are dropped in a bag and shaken in order to coat them in savory seasonings. The flavors currently include three flavors: spicy, roast, and pizza. We’re not going to lie; a pizza-flavored Munchkin pretty much sounds like the tastiest creation ever, and we wouldn’t complain if these decided to pay a little visit to our menus. Your move, Dunkin’.
12. McCafe Oreo Menu – Hong Kong
As we’ve mentioned before, an Oreo McFlurry is like the peak of fast-food desserts. It’s a classic treat mixed with a classic cookie – how can you go wrong. If you’re an avid fan of Oreos, you might want to plan a trip to Hong Kong in the near future because they have an entire Oreo-Themed McCafe menu at McDonald’s. The McCafe Oreo Menu consists of four items; two drinks and two desserts. You can get the Oreoccino and the Oreo Tiramisu Latte – both available either hot or cold – and served with plenty of whipped cream and a sprinkle of Oreo crumbles on top. As for the desserts, you can get an Oreo Tiramisu and a Chocolate Cheese Tart – both very creamy and very delicious. The entire line was basically designed to be Instagram-worthy and make everybody else crazy jealous. So, well done, McD’s, your job is done, we’re jealous, and we want it, too, now!
11. Churros Donut – Canada
In America, we are suckers for donuts. Sprinkles, stuffed, old-fashioned – we’ll take them all. But, as it turns out, we’re not the only ones with a soft spot for the fried dough. Our neighbors from the Great White North are also pretty strong in the donut game, and in 2019, Tim Hortons, a Canadian fast-food chain, came up with one of the greatest ways to satisfy your sweet tooth: the Churros Donut. Available for a limited time, the Churros Donut was created as a way to celebrate National Doughnut Day in the best way possible. This Mexican-inspired treat came in a cruller shape dusted with cinnamon and sugar and was filled with creamy caramel. The Churros Donut was also offered as Timbits as well, Tim Hortons’ equivalent of Munchkins. Needless to say, the marriage of a donut and a churro can’t be anything but a tasty success.
10. Olive Chewisty – South Korea
Another entry, another donut we wished we could have in America. Like we said before, we really love donuts. However, as much as we like chowing down on this fried dough of goodness, they can sometimes be quite heavy – especially right after a meal. Sometimes, we want to experience the same satisfying taste, only without all the grease and heaviness. Well, Dunkin’s in South Korea came up with the absolute perfect solution, the Olive Chewisty. What exactly is an Olive Chewisty? It’s the same as a donut, only much lighter in terms of texture and flavor. Made from olive oil and tapioca starch, these little treats have a texture similar to Mochi, which is very popular in Korean desserts. Hopefully, this cute and airy dessert will end up over here eventually.
9. Bacon Sundae – New Zealand
The bacon craze never seems to stop – no matter where you are in the world. Back in 2012, we were lucky enough to be graced with the Bacon Sundae at Burger King, but sadly, the sweet and salty experiment was only available for a limited time, and the world of fast food was crushed forever. But, thankfully, another Burger King decided to follow the lead and release its very own Bacon Sundae in 2016, New Zealand! As part of its new carnivore-friendly menu, the Meatatarian, BK New Zealand, released a line of burgers with extra meat, but they couldn’t leave out the dessert – it is the most important part of the meal, after all. And thus, came the Bacon Sundae, a delectable vanilla ice cream cup topped with strips of bacon and caramel sauce. The same tasty treat we were once fortunate enough to find on our menu. Maybe one day, we’ll get it back!
8. Pocket Sundae – Italy
If you’re one of those who have a giant box of Choco Tacos in your freezer as we speak, then hold on to your hats because this is going to blow your mind. Picture this: a choco taco, only freshly prepared and available at your local McDonald’s. Impressed, excited, eager? If so, Italy should be your next destination for your annual trip because this is exactly what the Pocket Sundaes are. It consists of a smooth waffle shell filled with a generous portion of vanilla soft serve ice cream and topped with a drizzle of fudge-flavored sauce and little pieces of chopped hazelnuts. Not only does it look like the yummiest dessert, but because of its taco form, it’s also super easy to enjoy on the go. Jealous, yet? We sure are!
7. Coffee Crisp Shake – Canada
Here is another creation from our beloved neighbors we simply must get our hands on one way or another! Here and in Canada, candy bars and snacks are pretty similar. You can find a lot of the same brands, or at least, similar options. But, there is one particular candy bar 100% Canadian that just seems like it would be a good fit here, Coffee Crisp. Coffee Crisp is a chocolate bar with alternating layers of vanilla wafer and foamed coffee-flavored filling, covered in creamy milk chocolate. Burger King Canada really used this to its advantage and created the Coffee Crisp Shake. This milkshake made from vanilla soft serve and pieces of Coffee Crisp now gives Canadians a new fun and creative way to enjoy their favorite chocolate delight. Don’t lie; you wish you could get a taste of this creamy drink, too!
6. ChocoMarsh Melt – UK
How much do you like tacos? How much would you be willing to give to enjoy a true, delectable taco? And most importantly, how far would you travel to get it? If a little plane doesn’t scare you, then back in 2016, all you needed to do was head over to the UK – or even Spain, and go visit the nearest Taco Bell you saw. To enjoy the best dessert taco, you could order a Chocomarsh Melt. Both colorful and delicious, the ChocoMarsh Melt was basically a Crunchwrap Supreme, same tortilla, same shape, only instead of being filled with beef and cheese, it was filled with melted chocolate and pink and white marshmallows. Oh, and the size was different too. It was a tiny, bite-size dessert, perfect to enjoy more than one without feeling totally guilty. Taco Bell over here should take a page or two out of the UK and bring these little joys over to us.
5. Speculoos Donut – Middle East
Yes, another donut. What can we say, donuts are life. But, this particular one is only available at Dunkin’ Donuts in the Middle East, and it’s kind of a shame really because these would for sure do fabulously here. For those unfamiliar with Speculoos, it’s a kind of butter cookie originally from Belgium that can be found on the shelves of most stores in America, like Trader Joe’s, and is usually eaten during tea time. However, Rumor has it that in the Middle East, this simple cookie has been turned into a delightful donut. Krispy Kreme also once offered Speculoos Donuts, in two flavors: Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate Cookie Butter. If the cookie is so good by itself, we can only imagine how amazing it must be as a donut/eclair kind of thing!
4. Sakura-Flavored Drinks – Japan
There’s nothing quite like cherry blossom season. Especially in Japan, the blooming trees and the vibrant streets are the first telltale signs that Spring is coming. However, there is another obvious sign, this one a little more delicious: the Sakura-flavored line at McDonald’s. To celebrate the arrival of Spring back in 2016, McDonald’s Japan came out with a Sakura-flavored drink, called the Sakura Cherry McFizz – meant to taste like cherry blossom. This drink has since made a comeback each year and has been joined by other variations, like Sakura McFloat, the same cherry soda, only with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Of course, if you have a McFloat, you’ve got to have a McFlurry as well, which is why the Crunchy Sakura McFlurry was also a thing. It was a dense soft-serve ice cream drizzled with a special “sakura mochi sauce” and mixed in with bits of salt-pickles sakura leaves and pink waffle cone chunks. It tasted like Spring in a cup!
3. Gelato – Italy
They say that “all roads lead to Rome,” but as it turns out, all roads also lead to delightful McDonald’s ice cream. But, not just any ice cream, the rich, authentic Italian delicacy, Gelato! A few years back, McD’s fans in Italy were lucky enough to have – not only gelato but entire pints of the stuff! While ice cream and gelato are both pretty similar, ice cream tends to be a little airier and have a higher fat content, whereas gelato is softer and packed with flavors. Sure, they both contain a lot of sugar, but gelato is usually made with much less fat. There were many ways to order this delicacy, like the affogato style, to have your gelato doused with espresso, or con Panna, to get it with a sweet dollop of whipped cream, or just by the pint, with a spoon! No matter how you chose to enjoy your gelato, you were sure to be pleasantly surprised by the dense and creamy texture!
2. Ice Cream Burger – England
Ice cream is usually eaten best right after a hearty meal, like burgers and fries – it just complements the grease so well. However, in England, the two meals seem to have merged together to create one big and tasty iced meal: the ice cream burger! Back in 2016, to honor National Burger Day, Jude’s – a family eatery in Hampshire – decided to design an original design using experimental flavors, textures, and food pairings. The ice cream burger consists of a sweet, toasted brioche bun filled with sliced strawberries, brown butter pecan ice cream, and topped with nuts. And, what would be a burger without its trusty French fries? The dish is then served with a side of cinnamon churros, replicating the aesthetic and look of fries. Not only did this sweet dessert looked like a treat, but it also tasted just like one as well. Hopefully, this ice cream burger will make its way to our American menus!
1. Frozen Coke – New Zealand
Is there anything more refreshing than a nice, ice-cold glass of Coca-Cola when it starts to get a little warmer outside? The answer is probably no, which is why McDonald’s Australia and New Zealand released one of the best creations of all time, the Frozen Coke! You can either drink it as an appetizer, with your meal or as a sweet rewarding dessert – it’s all up to you. This drink perfectly hits all the notes of a soda but paired with the added textures of frozen slush, making this the perfect balance between the two. The only thing you should be careful with is the very possible and very annoying brain freeze risks. Other than that, enjoy your refreshment!