So That 'Rick And Morty' Szechuan Sauce Thing Was A Disaster

Peter Castro
October 10, 2017

According to the Washington Post, McDonald's may have used the Szechaun Sauce stunt to help promote its new chicken fingers, dubbed Buttermilk Crispy Tenders. That caused a lot of backlash on social media. The restaurant chain tweeted out an apology calling the situation "not cool", along with news that the dipping sauce will be back this winter.

According to, only two stores in northeast OH had Szechuan Sauce, but dozens still showed up at non-participating McDonald's.

Taking to Twitter, McDonald's tread the line between being understanding of the plight of Rick and Morty fans and worrying about getting the hose again. "And it worked", McDonald's wrote, dropping references to the Adult Swim show "Rick and Morty", whose fans were a driving force behind the return of Szechuan sauce.

There were also reports of sauce being resold on eBay for as much as $2,199. Dozens of customers showed up at select locations across the U.S., only to find that each restaurant only had 20 to 40 sauce packets and 10 "Rick and Morty" posters. Yet the company replicated previous promotions, such as its Big Mac Sauce giveaway in January, by making the sauce available for only one day this past Saturday at 1,000 participating locations. While some are campaigning to see the sauce return yet again to restaurants, others are more concerned with why McDonald's isn't producing almost enough sauce to begin with. "The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today".

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"Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn't near enough to meet that demand", it wrote. "So, we're gonna make this right". Fans then took to to organize a petition for McDonald's to "bring back" the sauce.

Demand for the sauce was reignited after it appeared in an episode of the widely-popular animated series "Rick and Morty".

"In the last 24 hours, we've worked to opened every portal necessary", McDonald's writes in the statement.

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