As proof of the courtship between pop culture and fast food, McDonald’s popular savory-sweet Szechuan dipping sauce is making its third US comeback.
McDonald’s said the sauce returns for a few days starting on March 31. Customers can buy up to five packets at a time with a Chicken McNuggets order, but the iconic sauce is exclusive to the fast-food chain’s mobile app.
After first debuting in 1998 as a promotion for the Disney movie Mulan, McDonald’s retired the sauce. But it was given new life twenty years later following an episode of the animated science-fiction series Rick and Morty, where the main characters get nostalgic for the McNuggets condiment. The demand from Rick and Morty fans then single-handedly led to Szechuan sauce’s brief rebirth in 2017, but limited supplies led to consumer protests. In response to the mayhem, the company brought it back in larger quantities the following year.
There’s no firm date as to when this beloved sauce will disappear again. A McDonald’s statement says it will be around “for just a few days” and “while supplies last,” which was confirmed by a company representative.
Though the Szechuan condiment could make future appearances, there are no plans for it to become a permanent menu item, according to the company.
Next week’s sauce drop means fans who’ve been fired up for the spicy sauce won’t have to turn to eBay to get a fix. Ordering the sauce from the mobile app allows for home delivery in selected locations, or pickup at McDonald’s counters or drive-thrus.
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