Fans were eagerly awaiting a “really, really limited release” of McDonald’s coveted Szechuan Sauce at over 600 locations this weekend. However, the Szechuan sauce release backfired, as multiple locations that were supposed to have the sauce didn’t, and several had a very limited number of packets to give away. Thus, many fans protested outside of their local franchises and took to Twitter to lob complaints at how McDonald’s handled the release.
Several locations either didn’t receive their sauce, didn’t know about the promotion, or ran out quickly despite loads of people coming out for the sauce. People weren’t happy as a result, but at a couple of locations, folks were annoyed enough to force cops to show up.
Cops are at Wellington McDonalds where tons of angry people lined up for hrs for Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce only to learn they had none pic.twitter.com/3T272osid4
Police were even called to one location where over 1000 people showed up to get the sauce, but only 70 packets were available. Twitter user Ian Sikes reports that customers there even jumped the counter and grabbed handfuls of the sauce for themselves.
Of course, those who weren’t as invested in the sauce got a great laugh out of McDonald’s snafu with the dip. Wendy’s, for example, took an absolutely savage shot at their golden-arched rival:
We’d say follow the trail of sauce, but there aren’t nearly enough to make a trail.
Before the weekend began, Foodbeast had a chance to speak to McDonald’s chef Mike Haracz. He spoke on the challenges of bringing the Szechuan Sauce back to life and how the company would approach the sauce going forward, both of which are insightful considering how the release went this weekend.
Describing reviving the sauce itself as a “challenge,” Chef Haracz told Foodbeast that it took “a lot of people to get this done.”
“We wanted to make sure that it was THE exact sauce the people were expecting. We wanted to make sure that we had everything internally to give the people what they want. We have people here at McDonald’s who have been here for a long time and know what it tastes like. When you’re a restaurant of our scale, it takes a lot of people to get this done. But I think it rolled out like clockwork.”
As for whether the sauce would return itself, McDonald’s has already promised a larger scale national launch sometime this winter to appease angry fans. Other than that, though, Chef Haracz indicated that there weren’t other plans going forward.
Despite the Szechuan Sauce originally coming out for the original Mulan movie in 1998, it appears that as of right now, McDonald’s won’t release it again for the live version of the movie. “There’s actually no association to the live Mulan movie that’s coming out,” Chef Haracz told Foodbeast. “This is purely based off of consumers wanting it and the Rick & Morty show. But we have no plans to associate with the movie at all.”
For now, at least, it seems that the additional winter release may be the last we see of the Szechuan sauce. Hopefully, McDonald’s is able to appease Rick & Morty fans with this launch, as it may be the last time they will get a chance to taste it.
McDonald’s is dropping a limited release of their Szechuan Sauce this coming weekend, meaning that curious fans will finally get a chance to try the much hyped condiment out in stores. If you want to get an idea of what the sauce tastes like beforehand, YouTube fast food critic Daym Drops just dropped his spicy take on the Szechuan Sauce on his YouTube channel.
Daym got an early hookup on the condiment from McDonald’s and grabbed some McNuggets to dip into it and share his thoughts. Based on the video, Daym is clearly a fan of the new sauce, proclaiming it to be “the truth” at one point as he inhaled the McNuggets. His sharpest insight on this Mulan McNuggets Sauce is a comparison to “your local hood Chinese spot,” so if you frequent those restaurants, you’ll be able to get an inkling of what the sauce is like for yourself.
Peep the video above to get Daym’s full take on the returning condiment. If you’re inspired or skeptical of Daym’s feedback on the Szechuan Sauce, grab some when it drops to see if you’re down with it or not.
The “Mulan McNugget Sauce,” which has gained a cult following after being heavily referenced on the popular animated show Rick & Morty, is finally becoming available to more than just a few fans. To celebrate the return of their Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, McDonald’s is launching a saucy campaign that includes a variety of sauce-themed posters plus Szechuan Sauce’s long-awaited return.
However, not every location will be getting their hands on the Szechuan sauce to try. Just over 600 McDonald’s restaurants will have it available in limited quantities starting at 2 p.m. on October 7. Nearly every state is covered in the continental U.S. (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska), but a few states, like Montana and Vermont, will be missing out on the sauce as well.
If you live close enough to one of the 600-plus locations, and want to get a hold of this legendary sauce, make sure to head to McDonald’s on October 7th starting at 2 pm. The sauce is available on a first come, first serve basis, so you’ll have to act fast.
If you don’t get some, however, rest assured. You can always make your own version at home to make up for it.
Very few in this world have the financial capability to spend frivolous amounts of money on even more frivolous items. For example: World renowned DJ, Deadmau5, purchased a 64oz. jug of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce for about $15,000.
If you have been previously unaware of the hype going around regarding the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce, the popular animated television series Rick and Morty — following a grandpa/grandson duo’s inter-dimensional misadventures — brought the limited time McNugget sauce back from its 1998 nostalgic obscurity, igniting the internet’s fascination.
In the video above, creators Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, and their team all get a chance to try the Mulan-inspired sauce, bearing mixed reviews.
If only my 8 year-old self could recall how this presumably delicious McNugget sauce tasted like; my tastebuds wouldn’t be trembling. These guys are practically grubbing away at a dipping sauce worth roughly $235/oz. The hype is real.
After McDonald’s gave away a few bottles of their famous and coveted Szechuan sauce on Twitter, one user decided to sell theirs off for a good cause, and it paid off big time.
WWG writer Robert Workman, who goes by @TheDCD on Twitter, put his bottle of Szechuan sauce that he won up for auction on Ebay, and it turned into a total bid war. The price eventually ratcheted up to a staggering $15,000, which is a lot to pay for a half gallon jug of a condiment that people used to get for free with their McNuggets.
In a strange turn of events, the top bidder of the initial auction never paid for the item, forcing Workman to file an unpaid claim and contact the second place winner. That runner-up turned out to be acclaimed record producer and DJ Deadmau5, who also bid around the $15,000 mark for the Szechuan sauce. The artist then officially agreed to pay for the sauce and obtain it after he finished getting married over the weekend.
It seems that all of the paperwork to make this happen has gone through, and Deadmau5 has posted a picture of his brand-new Szechuan sauce on Instagram. Workman, meanwhile, has pledged to give a fourth of the proceeds to at least five different charities.
For those of you who were hoping to score some of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce on this auction but got outbid by the celebrity DJ, there’s still more chances. One other winner from the Twitter giveaway has put over half of their sauce up for auction, and we’re pretty confident that McDonald’s will have it available in the near future for the upcoming live-action Mulan flick. We’ll just have to wait and see if we’re right on that one.
After the adult cartoon Rick and Morty gave a ton of national attention to McDonald’s discontinued Szechuan sauce, signs are continuing to appear that the condiment may be making a full-fledged return in the near future.
The indications began when the show’s co-creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, posted pictures on Twitter of a half-gallon bottle of the coveted sauce that McDonald’s had sent to them.
Following that, McDonald’s gave away three other bottles via a Periscope livestream that was broadcasted through Twitter. The three lucky individuals that received the bottles of sauce were just announced and received messages in their DMs, as the livestream indicated.
While McDonald’s claims that this is all of the sauce they have for now, they’ve left the door open for more to possibly arrive in the future. A statement given to Business Insider claims that “when our customers speak, we listen,” giving us hope that more Szechuan sauce may arrive soon.
Considering that a live-action Mulan movie is coming next year and the last time Szechuan sauce was available at McDonald’s was when the original film came out, there’s a good chance we’ll see some in restaurants by then.
For now, if you don’t happen to know one of the lucky winners, you can do your best to recreate the sauce following this recipe.
Thanks to Adult Swim series Rick and Morty, literally everybody is trying to get some of McDonald’s discontinued Szechuan sauce. One clever individual is even selling some old packs on Ebay for a couple hundred bucks right now.
If you don’t want to shell out that kind of cash on a nearly 20-year-old pack of sauce, you can always try to make the Szechuan sauce at home. YouTube channel Binging with Babish has got you covered there with the above video.
The video showcases three different recipes that are all relatively simple: a traditional, spicy Szechuan sauce recipe, a version that the YouTube channel found on Reddit, and a mishmash of some of McDonald’s other sauces.
Pick whichever one is to your personal liking, and go ahead and take a crack at it at home. Or, you can do what Binging with Babish did and just mash all three up together at the end.
While I’ve never had the privilege to taste the original Szechuan sauce, I’m sure that these recipes are all relatively close.
At the very least, these recipes will hold us over until McDonald’s brings back the Szechuan sauce, which they may do for the live-action Mulan movie coming out next year.
And if McDonald’s doesn’t bring the sauce back, at least we’ll have these replicas to make our own.