- McDonald’s will begin serving Szechuan McNuggets dipping sauce at all US locations on Monday, February 26.
- “Rick and Morty” fans rioted in October after the fast-food chain gave away Szechuan sauce across the US – and demand far exceeded supply.
- Fans had demanded McDonald’s bring back the limited-edition sauce after it appeared on an episode of “Rick and Morty” last year.
On Thursday, the fast-food chain announced that every McDonald’s location across the US will start serving Szechuan nugget sauce on Monday, February 26. McDonald’s is distributing 20 million sauce packs across the country in an effort to prevent shortages. The sauce will be available until that supply runs out.
McDonald’s knows how dark things can get when locations don’t have enough sauce to meet customers’ demand – specifically, the demands of “Rick and Morty” fans.
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The decision to bring back Szechuan sauce – which was a limited-time menu item in the ’90s – was sparked by a mention of it in an episode of “Rick and Morty” in April 2017. McDonald’s released four jugs of Szechuan sauce over the summer, and some “Rick and Morty” fans bid thousands of dollars to get their hands on them.
Finally, McDonald’s announced that select locations across the country would give away a limited amount of Szechuan sauce to customers in October.
“Rick and Morty” fans swarmed to those locations, only to find that each restaurant had only 20 to 40 sauce packets and 10 special-edition posters. The diehard fans, some of whom had shown up at the locations as early as 4 a.m., were furious at McDonald’s.
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“I left Comic Con for this,” one woman in a “Szechuan Dipping Sauce” T-shirt sadly told Business Insider at an overcrowded New York City McDonald’s location.
Police were called to some McDonald’s locations as customers screamed, jumped on counters, and stuffed themselves into overcrowded restaurants. The next day, McDonald’s had to offer fans an apology online.
Since October, McDonald’s has done everything it can to make sure Szechuan sauce’s second return goes right. On Thursday, the chain launched a Serial-style podcast called “The Sauce,” dedicated to McDonald’s “Rick and Morty”-induced nightmare in October.
“How do we get from the pinnacle of PR perfection to people rioting in the streets on the first of October?” the host asks in the first episode of “The Sauce.”
McDonald’s has promised that this time, the chain has taken its time and won’t face a similar disaster. And, on Monday, “Rick and Morty” fans and haters alike will finally be able to find out if Szechuan McNuggets dipping sauce lives up to the hype.