Whether you like to dunk, dip, or smother your potato with one of the fast food giant’s signature sauces, it’s always a delicious time. In fact, cult followings have amassed over the release of various flavors, both new and old, resulting in drive thru hysteria (may hot mustard forever R.I.P.).
Perhaps the most exciting announcement was the re-release of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce on October 7, which coincided with the launch of their Buttermilk Crispy Tenders.
The “super-savory” teriyaki variety was released in 1998 as part of a Mulan campaign, inspiring shows like Rick and Morty to hilariously request its return. Packets of the sauce even appeared on eBay and were listed for as much as $99,000 (with one selling for a whopping $15,000). Thus, it was no surprise that demand would completely outweigh supply when the sauce was re-released this month, resulting in some very disappointed fans of Americanized Asian dressings (there were reports that some stores only received 70 packets, despite lines of hundreds of customers).
But we have good news! McDonald’s released a statement on Sunday that secures Szechuan’s place on the menu, at least for a limited time. It reads:
Yesterday, we were truly humbled by the amazing curiosity, passion and energy this community showed to welcome back Szechuan Sauce—even if just for one day. Thank you, a million times over.
Between the costumes, the memes and the cross-state travel, you, the fans, showed us what you got. And our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn’t near enough to meet that demand.
We agree. So we’re gonna make this right. In the last 24 hours, we’ve worked to open any portal necessary. And it worked.
Szechuan Sauce is coming back once again this winter. And instead of being 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.
We want to make this right. You’re some of the best fans in this, or any, dimension…and we plan to deliver on that promise as soon as possible. Stay tuned.
Now that we’ve gotten corporate’s attention, let’s start another campaign to bring Hot Mustard Sauce back to restaurants nationwide. We can’t be the only ones who still dream about McNugget’s tangy soulmate, right?