It’s difficult to dispute that dessert is the grand finale of any meal. Indeed, 64 percent of Americans order dessert when they dine out, according to the (aptly named) Global Indulgence Study. American restaurant chains are well-known for their extravagant, decadently rich, and equally sizable sweet treats.  

But that brownie a la mode or skillet cookie you’re ordering after supper is likely adding more than half a day’s worth of calories and nearly a week’s worth of sugar to your day. Some of these desserts pack upwards of 20 teaspoons of the sweet stuff in one slice. Here’s why that’s a problem: Eating too much added sugar puts you at a higher risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other serious chronic health conditions. That’s why the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day and men get no more than 36 grams per day. 

If you’re one to order dessert every time you dine out, steer clear of these sugariest desserts on menus. Instead, satisfy your sweet tooth with these 30 Low-Calorie Desserts to Buy Under 150 Calories.

Red Lobster Brownie Overboard

Red Lobster's Brownie Overboard
Red Lobster

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,020
Fat: 57 g (Saturated fat: 29 g)
Sodium: 360 mg
Carbs: 121 g (Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 84 g)
Protein: 13 g

The American seafood chain goes overboard with its brownie dessert offering. You’ll get three slices of brownie served warm and topped with caramel, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream. The resulting dessert supplies you with 84 grams of sugar and 145% of your daily value of saturated fat.

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Olive Garden Chocolate Lasagna

olive garden chocolate brownie lasagna
Olive Garden

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 980
Fat: 58 g (Saturated fat: 27 g)
Sodium: 630 mg
Carbs: 116 g (Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 86 g)
Protein: 13 g

Leave it to Olive Garden to serve a sweet version of the classic Italian-American dish. The chain’s so-called Chocolate Lasagna is a layered cake with decadent chocolate mousse and crushed wafers, all topped with chocolate sauce for a sweet treat that serves up 21 1/2 teaspoons’ worth of sugar. 

Red Lobster Chocolate Wave

red lobster chocolate wave with vanilla ice cream
Red Lobster / Facebook

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,110
Fat: 62 g (Saturated fat: 22 g)
Sodium: 720 mg
Carbs: 134 g (Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 93 g)
Protein: 11 g

Red Lobster’s take on chocolate cake has waves of cake and fudge frosting and is served with vanilla ice cream and rich chocolate sauce. Just one slice packs 1,110 calories, 110% of your daily value of saturated fat, and more than 23 teaspoons of sugar.

TGI Fridays Cinnabon Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

TGI Friday's Cinnabon Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
TGI Friday

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 930
Fat: 45 g (Saturated fat: 21 g)
Sodium: 550 mg
Carbs: 126 g (Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 94 g)
Protein: 8 g

Nothing screams “it’s the weekend” quite like this decadent Cinnabon Caramel Pecan Cheesecake from TGI Fridays. It’s a plush slice of cinnamon cheesecake and vanilla crunch cake topped with cream cheese frosting, caramel, and glazed pecans and served with vanilla ice cream. It’s delicious, but it’ll contribute a staggering 930 calories and 94 grams of sugar to your day. 

Denny’s Caramel Apple Pie Crisp

Denny's Caramel Apple Pie Crisp
Denny’s

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 830
Fat: 27 g (Saturated fat: 15 g)
Sodium: 690 mg
Carbs: 142 g (Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 100 g)
Protein: 7 g

The popular breakfast chain is notorious for its calorie-laden morning meals, and its dessert menu is no different. Denny’s Caramel Apple Pie Crisp, topped with vanilla ice cream and powdered sugar, boasts 830 calories and 100 grams of sugar—equivalent to 25 teaspoons of the sweet stuff. 

Chili’s Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Skillet chocolate chip cookie
Chili’s

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,200
Fat: 52 g (Saturated fat: 30 g)
Sodium: 990 mg
Carbs: 174 g (Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 106 g)
Protein: 16 g

Chili’s proves it does more than Tex-Mexm, as illustrated by this decadent Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie generously topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. If you plan on ending your cheesy fajita meal with a skillet cookie, you’ll add a staggering 106 grams of sugar to your day. 

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Bonefish Grill Macadamia Brownie

bonefish grill brownie on plate with ice cream and whipped cream
Bonefish Grill

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,070
Fat: 53 g (Saturated fat: 33 g)
Sodium: 210 mg
Carbs: 130 g (Fiber: 9 g, Sugar: 107 g)
Protein: 15 g

The American seafood chain’s Macadamia Brownie is flourless and gluten-free, but by no means is that a green light to spoon the entire thing into your mouth. This giant brownie a la mode packs in a staggering 107 grams of sugar, the equivalent of 190 M&M’s candies

Chili’s Molten Chocolate Cake

chili's molten chocolate cake
Chili’s

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,170
Fat: 59 g (Saturated fat: 30 g, trans fat: 1 g)
Sodium: 1,030 mg
Carbs: 155 g (Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 109 g)
Protein: 12 g

The Molten Chocolate Cake, which has been on the Chili’s menu since 1998, boasts a fudgy chocolate center. It is topped with vanilla ice cream covered in a hardened chocolate shell and drizzled with caramel sauce. If you end your meal with this chocolatey dessert, you’ll take in about half an entire day’s worth of calories and more than 27 teaspoons worth of sugar.

LongHorn Steakhouse Molten Lava Cake

longhorn molten lava cake
Longhorn Steakhouse

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,150
Fat: 53 g (Saturated fat: 21 g)
Sodium: 690 mg
Carbs: 157 g (Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 111 g)
Protein: 15 g

The molten lava cake was said to have been invented when a chef accidentally removed a chocolate cake from the oven too soon, resulting in a delightfully undone center. Fans rave that LongHorn Steakhouse does the dessert faux pas well, but you’re better off skipping dessert at the steakhouse as one piece of its Molten Lava Cake clocks in at 1,150 calories and 111 grams of sugar.

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

p.f. chang's great wall of chocolate
P.F. Chang’s

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 970
Fat: 40 g (Saturated fat: 15 g)
Sodium: 790 mg
Carbs: 154 g (Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 115 g)
Protein: 10 g

P. F. Chang’s The Great Wall of Chocolate features six layers each of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting for a treat with 154 grams of carbs and 115 grams of sugar. If you’re in the mood for something sweet after your stir-fry, share the Chocolate Souffle, which has 400 calories and 36 grams of sugar, with a friend. 

Bonefish Grill Key Lime Cake

Bonefish Grill's Key Lime Cake
Bonefish Grill’s

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,210
Fat: 66 g (Saturated fat: 27 g)
Sodium: 1,260 mg
Carbs: 152 g (Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 118 g)
Protein: 10 g

It’s no surprise that Bonefish Grill, an American restaurant chain headquartered in Florida, does Key Lime Cake well. As tasty as the Florida-based chain’s sweet-tart cake is, you’ll want to refrain from ordering it after dinner. One slice will set you back 118 grams of sugar and 1,210 calories.

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TGI Fridays Brownie Obsession

TGI Fridays brownie obsession
TGI Fridays

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,170
Fat: 57 g (Saturated fat: 27 g)
Sodium: 470 mg
Carbs: 157 g (Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 118 g)
Protein: 11 g

TGI Fridays didn’t get it wrong, thinking people are obsessed with brownies — Americans eat about 1.45 billion of the chocolate dessert each year. Still, it’s not the smartest idea to start your weekend with Friday’s Brownie Obsession dessert. Here’s why: One order has 1,170 calories and 118 grams of sugar.

Red Robin Freckled Lemonade Cake

Red Robin's Freckled Lemonade Cake
Red Robin

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,060
Fat: 46 g (Saturated fat: 30 g)
Sodium: 430 mg
Carbs: 152 g (Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 126 g)
Protein: 11 g

Red Robin dubs its Freckled Lemonade Cake “light and refreshing,” but you’re more likely to feel heavy and bloated after forking into a slice. This lemon cake is layered with lemon mousse, white chocolate, lemon curd, and strawberry purée and packs 31.5 teaspoons of sugar.

Red Robin Mountain High Mudd Pie

Red Robin's Mountain High Mudd Pie
Red Robin

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,340
Fat: 59 g (Saturated fat: 40 g)
Sodium: 570 mg
Carbs: 188 g (Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 129 g)
Protein: 18 g

The Mountain High Mudd Pie from Red Robin is quite literally a mountain of chocolate and vanilla ice cream with thick layers of fudge, caramel, whipped cream, and Oreo cookies. The damage? Five days’ worth of sugar and 200% of your daily value of saturated fat.

Outback Steakhouse Tim Tam Brownie Cake

Outback Steakhouse — Tim Tam Brownie Cake
Outback Steakhouse / Facebook

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,500
Fat: 89 g (Saturated fat: 49 g)
Sodium: 790 mg
Carbs: 174 g (Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 130 g)
Protein: 18 g

Outback Steakhouse honors its Aussie roots with this peanut butter brownie cake topped with Tim Tam, the beloved Australian chocolate biscuit. Each slice packs 130 grams of sugar—more than five times the AHA recommends women consume in a day.

The Cheesecake Factory Classic Basque Cheesecake

The Cheesecake Factory's Classic Basque Cheesecake
The Cheesecake Factory

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories 1,150
Fat: 148 g fat (Saturated Fat: 88 g, Trans Fat: 4.5 g)
Sodium: 510 mg
Carbs: 85 g (Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 137 g)
Protein: 30 g

The Cheesecake Factory is well-known for its endless cheesecake flavors and toppings, but the Classic Basque Cheesecake takes the cake for being the sugariest. The super creamy base and burnt topping sneak in multiple meals’ worth of calories and 137 grams of sugar, about 34 teaspoons worth.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill Deep Dish Sundae

Uno Pizzeria Deep Dish Sundae
Uno Pizzeria/Facebook

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,520
Fat: 74 g (Saturated fat: 39 g)
Sodium: 700 mg
Carbs: 206 g (Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 139 g)
Protein: 19 g

When it comes to deep-dish pizza, Uno Pizzeria & Grill is king. And Uno brings the Chicago-style delicacy to its dessert menu with the Deep Dish Sundae—your choice of either a cookie or brownie baked in a deep-dish pan and topped with ice cream for a treat that’ll set you back 139 grams of sugar.

The Cheesecake Factory Warm Apple Crisp

The Cheesecake Factory's Warm Apple Crisp
The Cheesecake Factory

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,000
Fat: 33 g (Saturated fat: 19 g)
Sodium: 390 mg
Carbs: 170 g (Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 139 g)
Protein: 9 g

Don’t let the fruit in this dessert fool you. The Cheesecake Factory’s Warm Apple Crisp a la mode is stuffed with 139 grams of sugar. We’re not suggesting you do, but you’re better off eating seven apples for the same amount of sugar (plus vitamins and fiber). 

The Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake

Cheesecake factory chocolate truffle cake
The Cheesecake Factory

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,770
Fat: 111 g (Saturated fat: 60 g)
Sodium: 970 mg
Carbs: 192 g (Fiber: 11 g, Sugar: 143 g)
Protein: 20 g

The word “tower” in the name should clue you in to how extravagantly high in sugar this cake is. Layers of fudge cake, chocolate truffle cream, and chocolate mousse contribute to the 143 grams of sugar in this dessert. FYI, that’s like eating 16 chocolate truffles.

Texas Roadhouse Big Ol’ Brownie

Texas Roadhouse Big Ol' Brownie
Texas Roadhouse

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,200
Fat: 40 g (Saturated fat: 24 g)
Sodium: 740 mg
Carbs: 203 g (Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 151 g)
Protein: 12 g

As its name suggests, this dessert is one giant brownie—and it’s served a la mode with vanilla ice cream and then topped with hot chocolate sauce. If you choose to end your steak dinner with this Big Ol’ Brownie at Texas Roadhouse, you’ll take in 151 grams of sugar and 120% of your daily value of saturated fat. 

Applebee’s Cinnabon Mini Swirls

Applebee's Cinnabon Mini Swirls
Applebee’s

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,620
Fat: 62 g (Saturated fat: 23 g)
Sodium: 1,060 mg
Carbs: 248 g (Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 155 g)
Protein: 22 g

Applebee’s partnered with Cinnabon to fry up one of the sugariest desserts on restaurant menus across America. These mini swirls are fried and then tossed with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with caramel—as if that wasn’t sweet enough, you’ll also get a side of sweet cream cheese frosting to dip. The damage: 155 grams of sugar plus 46% of your daily value of sodium and 115% of your daily value of saturated fat.

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BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Salted Caramel Pizookie

BJ's Salted Caramel Pizookie
BJ’s Restaurants

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,380
Fat: 56 g (Saturated fat: 29 g)
Sodium: 1,386 mg
Carbs: 204 g (Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 161 g)
Protein: 16 g

What’s a “pizookie,” you may ask? BJ’s popular dessert is a take on a pizza cookie—it’s a cookie baked and served in a deep dish. The salted caramel cookie is the sugariest flavor, featuring crunchy pretzel bites, chocolate chips, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce. This caramel cookie dessert comes with more than four days’ worth of sugar for men and more than six days’ worth for women. 

The Cheesecake Factory Linda’s Fudge Cake

cheesecake factory linda's fudge cake
The Cheesecake Factory

Nutrition (Per slice):
Calories: 1,450
Fat: 66 g (Saturated fat: 29 g)
Sodium: 1,040 mg
Carbs: 233 g (Fiber: 9 g, Sugar: 165 g)
Protein: 13 g

If you’re dining at the Cheesecake Factory and skipping the chain’s infamous cheesecakes, know you’re not better off ordering a slice of Linda’s Fudge Cake. Layers of decadent chocolate fudge and crumbly cake contribute to this dessert’s 165 grams of sugar.

Uno Pizzeria and Grill Awesome Chocolate Cake

Uno Pizzeria & Grill/Twitter

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,740
Fat: 79 g (Saturated fat: 32 g)
Sodium: 770 mg
Carbs: 241 g (Fiber: 10 g, Sugar: 168 g)
Protein: 20 g

There’s nothing awesome about Uno’s chocolate cake’s nutrition profile: One slice of this decadent cocoa cake will give you 168 grams of sugar — that’s like eating 42 teaspoons of the sweet stuff. 

Applebee’s Sugar-Dusted Donut Dippers

applebees donut dippers
Applebee’s

Nutrition (Per order):
Calories: 1,520
Fat: 54 g (Saturated fat: 20 g)
Sodium: 840 mg
Carbs: 247 g (Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 178 g)
Protein: 17 g

Your neighborhood bar and grill is notorious for serving calorie-rich dishes. Yet, its Sugar-Dusted Donut Dippers menu item tops the list as the worst dessert on menus across America. Applebee’s donuts are coated in powdered sugar and come with a side of caramel and hot fudge to dip into. The large serving of donuts and the extra-sweet sauces supply 178 grams of sugar — the same amount in about 320 M&M’s candies.




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