How far are you willing to drive to get your hands on McDonald’s special Szechuan dipping sauce, popular again because of the offbeat cartoon “Rick and Morty“? Well, if you live in Fresno, you’ll need to spend a few hours in the car.
For one day only – Saturday, Oct. 7 – McDonald’s is bringing back it’s Szechuan sauce, much to the delight of the cult TV show’s fans, who actually led an effort on social media to bring back the sauce.
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The limited-release sauce is only available at select McDonald’s restaurants on Saturday – none in Fresno. The nearest McDonald’s serving the sauce are in Bakersfield, Modesto and Gilroy. Check www.buttermilkcrispytenders.com for a complete list of restaurants offering the sauce.
What’s the big deal?
In one of the episodes, the main character of the show, mad scientist Rick Sanchez, proclaims his obsession with the tangy sauce, vowing to stop at nothing to find more of it. He is joined on his various misadventures with his gullible grandson Morty Smith.
The sauce – in real life – was introduced by McDonald’s 19 years ago as a promotion for the movie Mulan. It was only available for a limited time and disappeared quietly, that is until it became a punch line in the “Rick and Morty” show two decades later.
The show’s fans ate up the reference and began pounding Twitter with posts, urging McDonald’s to bring it back.
Although McDonald’s hasn’t said that “Rick and Morty” is the reason they are reintroducing the sauce, it is hyping it as part of a roll out of its new buttermilk crispy tenders. The Szechaun sauce is one of 10 sauces that will be available along with limited edition posters and stickers.
And if you have any doubt that someone will drive a few hours to get the Szechuan sauce, consider that people stood in line for a chance to buy “Rick and Morty” merchandise at a pop up store in May at Tioga-Sequoia’s downtown beer garden.