It’s finally happening. Szechuan sauce is returning to McDonald’s.
We all knew this was coming. Ever since Rick and Morty popularized the delicious 1998 Mulan Szechuan Teriyaki sauce, it was inevitable that McDonald’s would eventually cave to the enormous fan demand for this classic, forgotten flavor.
Bottles of the sauce have been made, and given away to the show’s creators as well as to various fans who won competitions. These, though, were only part of the bigger effort to bring this stuff back.
Now, after months, years, or decades of waiting, fans of this sauce will finally get the chance to enjoy it – but only while stocks last, and only for a single day.
As part of their new range of Buttermilk Crispy Tenders (they look just like regular chicken strips, and they probably aren’t anything too exciting by themselves), McDonald’s has announced that they’ll be allowing customers the chance to enjoy one of ten special sauces, including honey mustard, sriracha mac, spicy buffalo, and, of course, Szechuan sauce.
You can already guess which one people around the world are going to be most excited about.
Here’s the rub: McDonald’s is only going to sell this sauce for a single day, on October 7. It’ll be first come, first serve, and naturally, you have to buy some Buttermilk Crispy Tenders to get your hands on it.
What’s more, to commemorate the special occasion, McDonald’s has commissioned some fancy screenprinted artwork for each sauce, and will be giving them away to customers starting at 2pm on the special day.
Sure, you could try and grab a copy of the honey mustard sauce’s art print, but let’s be honest here, this is all about owning a piece of suspiciously Rick and Morty-esque artwork, the better to show off your love of a certain sci-fi cartoon.
So, if you’re after getting your hands on some sweet nugget sauce, now you know when to head to McDonald’s. Presumably the sauce will eventually be available on a more permanent basis, and this is just part of Ronald McDonald’s plan to frustrate and infuriate his customers, but for now, we can either play the game, or be left out of all the nugget fun.
Good luck, and happy hunting.