At the time, the bottle was a rarity with McDonald’s releasing a 10,000 bottle limited batch. Being extremely business savvy, the Big Mac sauce seller shipped the winning bidder a copy of his current mixtape, and planned to use the money to get rapper Young Thug to appear on his upcoming mixtape.
Before McDonald’s officially brought back its coveted Szechuan sauce, there was an underground scene of sellers selling the original sauces that released in the 90s.
The sauces returned to relevance after the Cartoon Network show Rick and Morty mentioned the sauce as part of a gag. They didn’t sell for quite as much as the great Harambe Cheeto, or the Big Mac sauce, though, mustering up a comparatively reasonable $199 bid at the time.
As we all know, McDonald’s later re-released the Mulan-inspired sauce, and while it slowly became more available to the public, at least that eBay bidder had one of the originals.
With all this rich recent history of making money selling ridiculous food items for thousands of dollars, we now see these hundreds of Cheetos, aimlessly floating in the eBay atmosphere, each hoping to be the next hit.
Will we ever see one hit the heights of Harambe? Who knows. Although there is a new Harambe Cheeto listed at $2,500. There are even 26 people watching it, granted it’s probably half the Buzzfeed staff waiting for it to sell so they can write seven two-paragraph articles, and post two quizzes titled something like, “Which Harambe-shaped food are you?”
Regardless if any of the oddly-shaped Cheetos sell or not, we can admire the entrepreneurial spirit and the imagination to see these shapes within their metallic polypropylene chip bags.
McDonald’s recently dropped their latest round of viral Rick & Morty Szechuan Sauce. They may already be facing an issue with the supply, however, as it’s possible some employees are keeping packets to themselves in attempts to re-sell, theoretically trying to create a Szechuan Sauce black market.
On eBay, as the above Twitter user pointed out, multiple people have begun selling whole cases of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce for varying prices. Each of the postings shows 250 packets of the “Mulan McNuggets Sauce” in an officially labeled box. While it’s not confirmed whether any of the sellers are actual McDonald’s employees, it’s possible they could be utilizing the promotion to turn a quick profit.
In the official promotion, the sauce packets come free with any qualifying purchase. In the eBay postings, however, folks are looking to get as much as $4 for each sauce sachet, with one case going on sale for $1000.
The alarming number of whole cases popping up online does raise the possibility of a Szechuan sauce black market. However, many customers have been able to obtain tons of extra packets of sauce. While some were able to obtain a couple of packets upon purchase, people have asked for anywhere from thirty to sixty packets and gotten their requests granted. That shows that even if employees are selling the sauce by the caseload on eBay, it does seem that there’s plenty to go around this time.
The legacy of McDonald’s “Mulan McNuggets Sauce” extends another chapter, as the infamous Szechuan Sauce returns for yet another limited drop.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s
To make up for the fact that the sauce’s last miniscule release resulted in riots over availability, the golden-arched giant will be sending out a hefty amount of the condiment to all of their locations nationwide. The announcement was made via a podcast surrounding the Szechuan Sauce controversy. In total, 20 million sauce packets will be available for distribution starting Feb. 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once those packets are gone, that’s all the Szechuan we’ll be getting… for now.
Obtaining the sauce won’t be too hard, as you simply need to make a “qualifying purchase” to get the Szechuan Sauce on the side, according to a press release. What that “qualifying purchase” is may vary by location. Buttermilk Crispy Tenders are the item of choice, but you may want to check to see if McNuggets, Big Macs, or egg-stuffed McChickens also count towards your free Szechuan Sauce.
Fans have been clamoring for more of this sauce with each tiny amount that McDonald’s has given away in the past. Renowned DJ Deadmau5, for example, paid $15,000 to get his hands on a bottle, and packets of it sold on eBay for hundreds of dollars. Between that and the onslaught of chaos from the last drop, it’s clear that there is a high demand for the Rick & Morty-inspired sauce.
Will this be the last time Szechuan Sauce returns, though? A McDonald’s representative has been unable to confirm as of now, saying that the chain is “always evaluating the national menu and bringing customers the delicious menu items they crave.”
We’ll just have to wait and see if that means another Szechuan Sauce drop will happen after this one.
Chances are you didn’t get to try McDonald’s Szechuan sauce this past weekend, as the fast food restaurant decided to do a limited edition release for the popular condiment similar to a rare sneaker drop, leaving many fans upset.
Thankfully, the fast food giant immediately announced it felt bad that it was so limited and would be releasing another batch this winter.
The Szechuan sauce was only made available in a limited amount of stores across the country, and even then, they only gave out between 20-40 per store, causing dramatic fans to literally protest.
After an aggressive outcry from Rick and Morty fans, who are the reason McDonald’s brought it back in the first place, the Golden Arches has decided to make it more accessible this time around, saying:
“We’re bringing more—a lot more—so that any fan who’s willing to do whatever it takes for Szechuan sauce will only have to ask for it at a nearby McDonald’s.”
That statement sounds like they’re getting rid of the “limited” factor of the sauce in hopes that all fans can try it this time around. We probably shouldn’t expect it to be permanent menu item, but at least it will be more readily available.
In an interview with Foodbeast, McDonald’s Chef Mike Haracz said there were no initial plans to have a full release of the Szechuan dip, but the public outcry from sad Rick and Morty fans has clearly forced their hand.
You can’t really blame McDonald’s for hyping up the limited release and leaving people wanting more, but it’s a nugget sauce, not a pair of Jordans. It’s nice that they’re actually going to makes things right after such a negative response from customers, though.
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.