Thanksgiving is as much about food as it is about family, and around many dinner tables next week dessert will be the king course. That means ovens across the country will be stuffed with pies of all stripes, from mincemeat to cherry to pumpkin to coconut cream.
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Of course, chains like Perkins Family Restaurant would prefer to bake your family’s pies for you. And families that lack a star baker may very well take them up on their offer. With that in mind, The Daily Beast decided to take a look at which pies to avoid this Thanksgiving, and beyond. Beware—a single serving of some of these pies may have more calories than an entire Thanksgiving feast.
To find the most indulgent desserts for the upcoming holiday season, The Daily Beast collected nutrition data on more than 40 pies from 17 national restaurant chains (many chains, of course, do not offer pies, while restaurants like Perkins specialize). We ran the nutritional-value numbers across the four categories available for each eatery: calories, saturated fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. Adjusting our methodology slightly to achieve greater accuracy, we compared each pie’s individual statistics against the average for each category. Each chain was limited to six items on this list.
Some pies here include a touch of bourbon, a lot of sizzle, and globs of peanut butter and ice cream. Enjoy these slices at your waistline’s own risk.