McDonald's announced on October 1 - the day the Rick and Morty season finale aired - they would resurrect the now-famous Szuechuan dipping sauce at select restaurants for one day only: Saturday, Oct 7.
The flavor gained pop culture fame thanks to a mention on the Cartoon Network show "Rick and Morty", in season 3 opener. It turns out that McDonald's had a bigger game in mind than just satisfying Roiland's years-long craving for dipping sauce, and they later revealed their gambit by announcing the one-day-only return of Szechuan sauce. Limited-edition posters featuring Rick-and-Morty-esque artwork will also be given out at select locations.
Fans took notice. Problem is, that sauce hasn't been available since 1998 when the Disney movie "Mulan" was released. It gained renewed interest as a running joke on the television show "Rick and Morty". "Technology is incredible", said McDonald's Chef Michael Haracz in a news release.
Rick and Morty fan Tony Kowalski of St. Clair Shores, 39, has never tried the sauce but plans on making a trip to McDonald's this weekend to score a packet. Fans can look up on the website ButtermilkCrispyTenders.com to see if their local McDonald's lists "Szechuan sauce available".
Fewer than 1,000 restaurants across the United States will take part in the sauce and poster promotion, according to McDonald's. The fast food chain then later gave away three more containers to fans, one of whom ended up selling his jug to DJ Deadmau5 for an undisclosed amount.
The fast-food chain is also giving out posters and stickers for each of its sauces - Creamy Ranch, Honey, Honey Mustard, Hot Mustard, Spicy Buffalo, Sriracha Mac Sauce, Sweet 'n Sour, Tangy Barbeque and the new Signature Sauce.