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17 Discontinued Fast-Food Desserts We Desperately Want Back

RIP McDonald's Cinnamon Melts.

Fast-food chains like McDonald's and Burger King are always improving their menus, adding new must-have items to the list of offerings. But all of those fun new treats mean that some of your favorites will inevitably go away at some point. And while we love the new items, too, we can't help but miss these discontinued fast-food desserts.

From the various apple pies we've lost over time to McFlurry and Frosty flavors that didn't make it, you'll love reminiscing about these fast-food items of yore. And for even more nostalgia, don't miss these 19 Beloved Fast Foods You'll Never Be Able to Order Again.

McDonald's Cherry Pies

mcdonald's cherry creme pie
Courtesy of McDonald's

The Blueberry Pies are lovely, but real fast-food dessert fans will always miss the Cherry Pies from McDonald's. This dessert seems to pop up on McDonald's menus from time to time. The last time it was spotted was in 2017.

Burger King Funnel Cake Fries

burger king funnel cake fries
Burger King/Facebook

Burger King discontinued its sundaes this year, but what fans really want back are the limited-time Funnel Cake Fries. The chain called these airy bites of fried dough "hot, crispy, funnel cake goodness, fried sweet to crispy perfection and topped off with powdered sugar," when it brought them back in 2019. They originally hit menus in 2009.

Burger King Dutch Apple Pie

burger king dutch apple pie
Courtesy of Burger King

Back in 2020, Burger King revealed that it was discontinuing its Dutch apple pie. The dessert wasn't a favorite in our fast-food dessert taste test, but a comeback could be BK's chance to make this dessert better! Every fast-food chain deserves an apple pie (and yes, we're looking at Taco Bell's discontinued caramel apple empanada, too).

McDonald's Old Apple Pie Recipe

McDonald's apple pie
Courtesy of McDonald's

Speaking of fast-food apple pies, fans may remember that in 2018, McDonald's changed its apple pie recipe to be healthier. We're all for making smarter food choices, but let's be honest: The old apple pie tasted way better. And whatever you do, steer clear of these 10 Worst Menu Items at McDonald's.

Taco Bell Caramel Apple Empanada

Caramel apple empanada
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We couldn't mention the other apple treats without featuring this beloved Taco Bell item, too. That creamy apple filling and that perfectly crispy empanada shell? Our hearts will not go on.

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Shake Shack Custard of the Week

custard cups from shake shack
Shake Shack/Facebook

Long before Shake Shack was an international megachain, it served a weekly custard flavor at its local stores. There were inventive shake bases like strawberry cheesecake or peanut butter. These days, the menu at Shake Shack stays the same, with only seasonal selections on rotation. (Right now, for example, Shake Shack is offering the Christmas Cookie, Chocolate Peppermint, and Chocolate Milk and Cookie shakes.) The creamy treats are still superb, but there was something fun about checking the calendar for upcoming flavors.

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Shake Shack Concretes

Shake Shack Concretes
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Speaking of Shake Shack, another casualty of the pandemic has been the chain's blended concretes. Different locations had different mix-ins for the treats. During the pandemic, your only options were vanilla and chocolate frozen custard, sans toppings.

Burger King Cini-Minis

BK Cini-Minis
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These mini cinnamon roll bites were the best part of visiting BK. Sadly, they're no longer on the menu, despite an adamant petition.

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McDonald's Cinnamon Melts

mcdonalds cinnamon melts
McDonald's (Pikeville, KY)/Facebook

While Burger King had the Cini-Minis, McDonald's had Cinnamon Melts. The rip-apart treat was like getting the gooey center of a cinnamon roll in every bite.

And to keep the reminiscing going, don't miss these 15 Fast-Food Menu Items You Might Never See Again.

Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty

wendys chocolate frosty

This treat came with a 2000s-style music video. No, really. And the flavor doesn't sound half bad! Recently Wendy's introduced the Peppermint Frosty which is good, but one that could wake you up and be as thick and delicious as a Frosty sounds even better.

Burger King Bacon Sundae

ice cream pie topped with bacon slice

Putting bacon on everything is a time-honored American tradition. But Burger King took things too far when the chain added bacon to soft-serve in the summer of 2012.

Taco Bell Chocoladilla

Taco Bell Chocoladilla
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This candy-filled treat was only available in Wisconsin in 2017. But considering the fact that Taco Bell already broke our hearts with the apple empanada, bringing back this chocolate quesadilla is the least the chain could do.

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Taco Bell Cinnamon Crispas

cinnamon crisps

Cinnamon Twists are still on the Taco Bell menu. But anyone who's tried them knows they're fairly tasteless. What we wish we could have back is the Cinnamon Crispas, which were cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips. Yum.

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Taco Bell Airheads White Mystery Freeze

Taco Bell Airheads White Mystery Freeze

Taco Bell just keeps breaking our hearts! This drink combined the beloved Taco Bell Freeze with the classic candy flavor that kept fans guessing. At one point, there was a Starburst freeze, too.

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KFC Apple Turnover

two apple turnovers on paper

We have one more apple-flavored treat to add to the fast-food dessert graveyard. The KFC apple turnover was a fan favorite. But the only desserts on KFC's menu now are chocolate chip cookies and for some reason, Bundt cakes.

McDonald's Shrek McFlurry

mint chocolate milkshake with red straw
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If you were in Canada, the early 2000s brought you the Mint Ogre-Load McFlurry. In the U.S., there was the Swamp Sludge McFlurry. Whatever it was called, this Shrek-themed treat was a gimmick that worked.

Costco Chocolate Soft-Serve

costco menu signs with acai bowl and frozen yogurt

When Costco added the acai bowl to the menu at its U.S. stores, the chocolate soft-serve was removed. If we could only have one item, we'd rather it be the chocolate one.

A previous version of this article was originally published in July 2020. It has been updated with new information.

Meaghan Cameron
Meaghan Cameron is Deputy Editor of Restaurants at Eat This, Not That! Read more about Meaghan