McDonald's is making it up to the Rick and Morty fans of this universe (and possibly the entire Multiverse) by bringing back that pesky Szechuan Sauce on Monday, February 26. As you might recall, the sweet and sour condiment caused a stroke of trouble across the country back in October when locations didn't have enough supply to meet the demand. People waited in ridiculously long lines to get a taste, only to be told their local Mickey D's had run out of their terribly limited supply of sauce. Even the police were called in some situations to keep disgruntled fans at bay.
By the time the whole affair had taken place, McDonald's realized its mistake and promised that more sauce would be forthcoming, and now they're fulfilling that promise with 20 million packets of the good stuff.
"McDonald’s is making it right and fans will be able to get the sauce with qualifying purchase distributed across every restaurant in the US, while supplies last," wrote the company in an official release. "Its savory and slightly sweet flavors pair perfectly with McDonald’s craveable and delicious Buttermilk Crispy Tenders."
In showing their good sense of humor toward the whole "controversy," the company also partnered with Studio Gizmodo and Onion Labs to produce an investigative podcast called The Sauce. The three episodes of the podcast delve into the backlash on that fateful October day, featuring interviews with McDonald’s corporate executives and Chef Mike, angered Sauce lovers, and electronic DJ Deadmau5. You can listen to the podcast at wewantthesauce.com.
Take a look at the packet design below:
The McDonald's Szechuan Sauce was released in the late 1990s as a tie-in to Disney's Mulan. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland brought the little-known concoction back into the public eye in the first episode of Rick and Morty's third season, "The Rickshank Rickdemption." By the end of the episode, a crazed Rick tells Morty that he'll stop at nothing to get the sauce, even if it takes nine seasons.
But if you don't feel like waiting on super-long lines again for a taste of the coveted condiment, try making the sauce at home with a recipe from acclaimed restaurateur Ed Schoenfeld.