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McDonald's Brings Back Szechuan Sauce After Outcry by 'Rick and Morty' Fans


The limited-edition sauce came back for one day only, but supply ran out way faster than anticipated

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McDonald’s has released a statement addressing backlash the chain received from Rick and Morty fans who became upset over an extremely limited supply of sought-after Szechuan Sauce. The sauce, which was originally part of a promotion for the movie Mulan in 1998, came back to restaurants for one day only on October 7.

“Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn’t enough to meet that demand. ‘Not cool.’ We agree,” the statement read.

So McDonald’s is re-releasing more Szechuan Sauce this winter, and apparently it won’t be a limited batch this time.

The statement continues: “Instead of being a one-day-only and limited to select restaurants, 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.”

Some fans are happy they’ll get a second chance with the sauce, but others feel easier access to the condiment will help lose its sentiment. “Inb4 everyone gets pissed that the sauce they got is no longer as rare as they’d hoped,” @CMackDC said.

“The fact that McDonald’s is capable of running a promotion based off a scene in Rick and Morty is somethin,” @theelordtrevor tweeted.

“DEAR GOD MAKE IT STOP,” @millennialgirlx wrote.

As of now, there is no official release date for the winter batch of Szechuan Sauce, but it has been confirmed that it’s not gone for good — unlike these 15 McDonald’s items you’ll never see again.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


McDonald's admits epic fail after fans couldn't get Szechuan Sauce

Anyone who has ever encountered discounted Broadway tickets or a Black Friday sale at a big box store knows nothing gets crowds worked up quite like specialty promotions. And things can get pretty intense.

Things can get especially intense when store behind the promotion messes up their side of the deal — as was the case with the McDonald’s one day release of its famous Szechuan-flavored dipping sauce.

On Saturday, there were long lines, lots of angry customers . and many locations even claimed they never had the sauce in stock at all.

Furious fans of a cartoon have forced McDonald's to bring back Szechuan McNugget sauce after a botched limited-time… https://t.co/8KdtBePUCv pic.twitter.com/opkYFr8XPj

— bjorngalleri (@bjorngalleri) October 9, 2017

@McDonalds you suck. Only 10 posters & 20 packets of #szechuansauce to a store there are already 30 in line.. 4 hours early. #rickandmorty

— Brandon Kronz (@BrandonKronz) October 7, 2017

Earlier this month, McDonald’s announced they were bringing the famous spicy dipping sauce back for one day, due in large part to an overwhelming response from "Rick and Morty" fans after the sauce was mentioned in an episode of the cartoon.

But on Oct. 7, McDonald’s locations faced super-long lines of eager fans. And many of those sauce-lovers left angry as the chain apparently underestimated just how big the demand would be. Stores quickly ran out of their sauce supply — causing mini riots and an outpouring of complaints across social media.

Those who did get their hands on the sauce made the most of it, even going so far as to list packets on eBay, where three ketchup-sized packets went for $848!

@McDonalds did you really get 17 packets a store or did your managers just make buku side cash #pissed #szechuansauce #ebay pic.twitter.com/pht1Ded46D

— Alice Specht (@AliceSpecht) October 7, 2017

In order to make amends, McDonald’s has responded to the irate fans, issuing an apology statement late Sunday. The chain also says they intend to make good on their promise by bringing back even more sauce soon.

The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today. We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan.

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 7, 2017

McDonald's promises Szechuan sauce will return again this winter and this time around, it will be more widely available. Lets hope so because fans will probably start lining up even earlier next time.


Watch the video: Rick and Morty Szechuan Sauce Riot in LA (December 2021).