Popularized by cartoon, McDonald's Szechuan sauce returns to Madison for one day

08 October, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • McDonald's will offer its Szechuan sauce for one day only at select locations following an internet sensation spurred by fans of the show

That is, until the season 3 premiere of Adult Swim's "Rick & Morty", where a ticked-off Rick goes on a constant tangent about how good the sauce was.

Last week, the fast food chain unveiled nine limited-edition, dipping sauce-themed posters to introduce the new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders. So much so that McDonald's has re-released the sauce at participating locations. Four Tampa Bay McDonald's will start serving the sauce on October 7 at 2 p.m.

Fans took notice. Problem is, that sauce hasn't been available since 1998 when the Disney movie "Mulan" was released.

Locals are in luck, as three McDonald's locations around New England will have the Szechuan sauce on hand this weekend. The show's lead character Rick Sanchez, grandfather to nervous and timid teen Morty, proclaims his love for the short-lived nugget dip.


The chain also is giving away 1,000 limited edition screen-printed posters at each of its locations (even those not offering the sauce) that pay homage to each of its 10 dipping sauces.

"Guys, we did it", said McDonald's Chef Michael Haracz.

If your family is sick of Fiesta Charra and Kona Bistro, or if you're not the only "Rick and Morty" fan among them, you can fuel up for the football or hockey games at McDonald's tomorrow. According to photos of old packets, it's made with tomato paste, soy sauce, dried chili peppers, "natural smoke flavor" and a long list of preservatives.

The McDonald's-inspired gag quickly took hold within the show's fan base and across social media platforms. "After returning with the Szechuan Sauce from the always-1998 dimension, C-1998M, we did some science and now we have a bit more sauce!" While it seems odd for traditionally child-friendly fast food giant McDonald's to respond to a pop culture reference from a show aimed at adults, it isn't entirely out of the blue.

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