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The Unhealthiest Desserts You'll Find In the Freezer Aisle

Even if you have the biggest sweet tooth, these options are just not worth it.
unhealthiest frozen desserts

If you have a sweet tooth, you know how hard it is to walk by the freezer aisle in the grocery store and resist the urge to add one of the frozen desserts to your shopping cart. As long as you're treating yourself in moderation, there's nothing wrong with a little dessert every now and then. But there are some frozen desserts that are just trouble.

Between the shockingly high amount of calories and the overload of sugar, these are the frozen desserts you're going to want to leave in the store. Trust us—you're much better off without them! Here are the 10 biggest offenders you're going to want to stay away from the next time you're in the supermarket.


Marie Callender's Southern Pecan Pie

marie callender's southern pecan pie box

Per serving: 530 calories, 30 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 190 mg sodium, 60 g carbs (2 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 5 g protein

Pecan pie is a Southern classic, but Marie Callender's frozen version of the decadent dessert comes in at over 500 calories per slice. Considering you would most likely be eating a slice after dinner, you're going to end up consuming a lot of calories in one sitting, and it's very easy to eat more than the recommended serving size.


Pepperidge Farm Coconut Layer Cake

pepperidge farm classic coconut

Per serving: 250 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 130 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (1 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 2 g protein

You've most likely seen Pepperidge Farm's classic cakes in the freezer section and while they may taste oh so delicious and sweet, that's, well, because of all the sugar. The coconut variety is made up of three layers of cake topped with creamy icing and each slice is serving up 23 grams of sugar and 250 calories. Big yikes.

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Ben & Jerry's Coconut Seven Layer Bar Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

ben jerrys coconut seven layer
Courtesy of Ben & Jerry's
Per serving: 430 calories, 24 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 130 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (1 g fiber, 35 g sugar), 3 g protein

OK, so it's no secret that ice cream isn't necessarily a healthy food by any means. But Ben & Jerry's has a non-dairy frozen dessert line, serving up certified vegan treats. If you thought going for this dairy-free option would be better for you, we're here to burst that bubble.

This coconut seven layer flavor is high in fat and sugar with 35 grams of the sweet stuff per serving. If you eat the whole pint (which we've all done before!), you're looking at 104 grams of sugar. Keep in mind that The American Heart Association recommends men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of added sugar per day, and women shouldn't have more than 6 teaspoons or 25 grams per day.


Sara Lee Triple Chocolate Pound Cake

Sara lee triple chocolate pound cake

Per serving: 330 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 190 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 4 g protein

A slice of pound cake seems harmless but this triple chocolate version from Sara Lee that you'll find in the freezer aisle is just bad news. One slice is more than 300 calories and has 21 grams of sugar. Especially in a cake this small, it's nearly impossible to stick to the actual portion size.


Talenti Gelato Layers Peanut Butter Vanilla Fudge

talenti peanut butter fudge

Per serving: 350 calories, 19 g fat (11 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 120 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (2 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 7 g protein

Talenti is known for its many gelato flavors, but the layers collection is one you're better off avoiding. Here, you get layers of the decadent peanut butter gelato, peanut butter cups, hot fudge sauce, vanilla gelato, and peanut butter cookie pieces. It's a whole lot of sugar in one serving!


Friendly's Wattamelon Roll

friendlys watermelon roll

Per serving: 160 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 30 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (0 g fiber, 25 g sugar), 1 g protein

This dessert roll from Friendly's is rather interesting as it looks like actual watermelon slices. But each slice is made up of watermelon and lemon sherbet and rich chocolate chip "seeds." Although it's relatively low in calories, fat, and saturated fat compared to the other frozen desserts on this list, 25 grams of sugar for just one piece is high. You're much better off eating slices of actual watermelon that are juicy and naturally sweet. Plus, it can help lower your blood pressure, something this "wattamelon roll" wouldn't be doing.


Edwards Turtle Crème Pie

edwards turtle creme pie
Courtesy of Edwards
Per serving: 380 calories, 21 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 310 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (1 g fiber, 30 g sugar), 4 g protein

Edwards Turtle Crème Pie is made of a smooth caramel filling that is infused with rich caramel, topped with chocolate, pecans, and whipped crème rosettes on chocolate cookie crumb crust. Yes, that is a lot going on in this frozen pie that serves up 30 grams of sugar per slice. Just walk on by this one as you're food shopping.


Blue Bunny Triple Chocolate Explosion Bunny Snacks

blue bunny bunny snacks

Per 2 bars: 410 calories, 22 g fat (17 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (2 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 4 g protein

These bunny snacks from the one and only Blue Bunny are small, so they seem like a harmless treat. The triple chocolate explosion is seriously chocolate overload. It's made up of a chocolate chip cookie that is filled with chocolate frozen dairy dessert, brownie fudge sauce, and has chocolate cookies pieces covered with chocolate flavored coating drizzled with chocolaty ribbon.

So. Much. Chocolate.

Each pack of two cookies not only costs you more than 400 calories, but has more sugar than you would get if you ate one and half Hershey's chocolate bars.


The Cheesecake Factory at Home Ultimate Red Velvet Cake

cheesecake factory red velvet

Per serving: 490 calories, 33 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 44 g carbs (1 g fiber, 33 g sugar), 5 g protein

It should come as no surprise that any dessert from The Cheesecake Factory is one to avoid, as any meal from the restaurant is known for being over-the-top. The beloved chain has an "at home" collection that you can find in the freezer aisles, but these versions aren't any better for you. This red velvet cheesecake is proof! Each slice is nearly 500 calories and has 33 grams of fat and sugar. Skip it, along with any of the unhealthiest guilty pleasure foods on the planet.


Sara Lee Lemon Meringue Crème Pie

Sara lee lemon meringue pie

Per serving: 380 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 320 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (1 g fiber, 51 g sugar), 5 g protein

Sara Lee strikes again, this time with a lemon meringue crème pie. Each slice of this frozen dessert has 51 grams of sugar—that's more than what you would get if you ate five Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts. Pass!

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more