Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before Ordering Dessert at Restaurants

You might want to skip the sit-down sweets and opt for something truly homemade instead.

There are a multitude of reasons people love restaurants, like the service, outstanding food and bustling atmosphere. (Especially at the most unusual restaurants in America!) I go out to eat to try brand-new food I never would have thought to make at home. Not only that, restaurants can be a treat after a week of cooking. We all deserve a break once in a while, you know?

But there’s something you should know—skip buying dessert.

You heard us right! But it’s not for the reason you think.

Why Shouldn’t I Order Dessert at a Restaurant?

Why, you ask? According to Reddit user AhBenTabarnak, most restaurants don’t make that pie, cheesecake or molten lava cake with ice cream. Instead, restaurant owners purchase frozen desserts from wholesale food companies at a fraction of the price listed on the menu. That means the New York-style cheesecake you crave so dearly might actually be available just down the road at your grocery store for a lot cheaper.

Some diners may argue that you’re not just paying for the food, but also the service and the clean-up crew afterward. While that may be fine for some, others are looking for a cheaper or truly homemade option.

This is one only of many secrets chefs won’t tell you!

Do Restaurants Want Us to Order Dessert?

It depends. If you’re at a busy spot with people waiting for a table, the restaurant (and your server) will earn more if you make room for the next group to order dinner. And most restaurants don’t profit much from desserts in the first place.

“It’s hard to make money on desserts in the restaurant business today. I don’t think many [restaurants] benefit when people order them anymore,” says economics professor Tyler Cowen in The Washington Post.

If you’re in a restaurant on a slow night, or a place that’s known for its homemade desserts, then dig in. Otherwise, we recommend baking up your own apple pie, serving it with vanilla ice cream and calling it a wonderful night in!

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Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.