What Not to Eat: A 1,270 Serving of Cake from T.G.I. Friday's

If you’ve never heard of a Tennessee Whiskey Cake, maybe you’ve never been to T.G.I. Friday’s. The “warm toffee cake topped with glazed pecans and vanilla ice cream” is “served with butterscotch Jack Daniel’s Whiskey sauce.”


What a perfect ending to a dinner from Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Grill menu. After you’ve polished off your Jack Daniel’s Chicken, Jack Daniel’s Ribs, Jack Daniel’s Black Angus Sirloin & Half-Rack of Ribs, or one of the other eight Jack Daniel’s items, nothing sounds more appealing than a Jack Daniel’s dessert.

After all, the Tennessee Whiskey Cake has a mere 1,270 calories (two-thirds of a day’s worth for most people), 28 grams of saturated fat (a 1½-day supply), and 820 milligrams of sodium (half a day’s quota; no easy feat for a dessert). No dessert at Friday’s has more calories—not the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, not the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, not the Brownie Obsession. It’s like finishing your meal with four McDonald’s Hot Fudge Sundaes.

Even if you split your Whiskey Cake with a dining companion, you’re still looking at over 600 calories and 14 grams of saturated fat. That’s on top of, say, your Jack Daniel’s Ribs and Shrimp (1,730 calories without sides), your New York Cheddar & Bacon Burger (1,410 calories), your Jack Daniel’s Chicken Sandwich (1,140 calories without sides), or your Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Pasta (1,110 calories).

“In here, it’s always Friday,” says the chain. It’s also always Fattening.

Tell T.G.I Friday’s what you think about its Tennessee Whiskey Cake: (800) 374-3297



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20 Replies to “What Not to Eat: A 1,270 Serving of Cake from T.G.I. Friday's”

  1. Split one with a companion…It was sooo decadently good! Wouldn’t do it everyday, but a true treat once in a while! You just can’t beat what tastes so good, healthy or not.

  2. Healthy people come from healthy societies. Please do your part for the health of our society. Your business depends on it.

  3. Sugar, salt, FAT and sugar.
    I wouldn’t even split It with THREE friends!
    C’mon, people, we can do better than that!
    Healthy eating isn’t boring!

  4. I want to know how much the total carbs are, because except for fiber they are converted to sugar quickly. If they know all the other stats they know that too. just a quick mention would be enough.

  5. Honestly, I like a decadent dessert and savory meal once in a while. This dessert sounds appealing to me. I can see why it might be better to split it, and the meal contents. However, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the restaurant needs to pull it off the menu. Just educate consumers and let people decide. Moderation in all things.

  6. With anything you eat that is high in carbs and fat, you have to budget for it in your 24 hour meal plan. You eat this and you take something else out of your diet that day to stay near your calorie goal for the day. You have to satisfy your body’s cravings. My bodybuilding diet is strict six days a week and I eat anything I want on the seventh day. Bodybuilder diets are close to the South Beach Diet only with jacked up protein amounts.

  7. My advice: Never eat at a chain restaurant like this!! Stick to small, local places that actually make you feel good when walking out the door.

  8. I’d recommend this desert to anyone, so far my favorite desert on their menu, but I agree that you should split it with someone. So come on and live a little. Also, I don’t think T.G.I.Fridays is trying to kill people, they’re just giving people a wonderful desert. It’s ok to eat food like this, but in moderation. Also, you can’t and shouldn’t try to force people to stop eating fatty foods. It’s ok to try to help them, but you shouldn’t force it on them. And besides, trying to calculate what you eat is a pain, so yeah, if you haven’t tried it, then you haven’t lived.

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