McDonald's Sorry For Szechuan Sauce Debacle, Promises More

Carla Harmon
October 9, 2017

In a statement, McDonald's admitted that it was "not cool" that it didn't have enough sauce for the fans who "showed us what you got".

McDonald's admitted its mistake and vowed to do better by bringing sauce back to all restaurants this winter. First released in 1998 to promote Disney's animated film "Mulan", interest was revived by references on the Adult Swim cartoon series "Rick and Morty". "If it takes nine seasons, I want that McNugget Szechuan sauce". The chain further promises that the sauce will be available at any McDonald's for a longer time and with a far more substantial supply.

At a Manhattan location, one customer offered people in the front of the line $40 to give up their spots.


It led to a petition on Change.org asking for the sauce to be brought back. McDonald's had seriously underestimated just how popular it would be. McDonald's locations received anywhere from 20 sauce packets to 70 sauce packets, which was nowhere near enough to satisfy the appetite of Rick and Morty fans.

At a Manhattan McDonald's, people showed up hours in advance in hopes of getting some Szechuan sauce, only to be turned away by employees for showing up too early.

Currently, packets of the sauce are selling for more than $200 on eBay.


"Jesus, the fact that this had to be said is pathetic", one redditor said in response to Rick and Morty showrunner and star Justin Roiland's plea to not harass McDonald's staff. Someone tried to sell his container of sauce, while Binging With Babish's Andrew Rea and some of Rick and Morty's cast and crew tried to lower our expectations.

The mention went viral and soon McDonald's found a way to capitalize on the notoriety of a sauce it hasn't made available in years. Lots more #SzechuanSauce and locations.

Some "Rick and Morty" fans waited in line for hours to get the limited sauce but still left empty handed when the sauce ran out.


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