Suddenly, the hottest food in America is… a promotional McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce that has been discontinued for nearly 20 years. Now, either you know exactly what I’m talking about, in which case skip the next paragraph, or keep reading, in which case your confusion may or may not be abated…
On April 1, the internet’s favorite cult TV show, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, made a surprise comeback as a bit of an April Fools’ joke. In that season premiere episode, the very-typically-Adult Swim animated show that is essentially an insane Back to the Future parody had an ongoing joke about the awesomeness of Szechuan Chicken McNugget Sauce – a special sauce that McDonald’s briefly released in 1998 as a tie-in for the release of the Disney movie Mulan. Of course, diehard fans took these mentions as an opportunity to nostalgically obsess over the previously forgotten sauce… and here we are.
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Amazingly, since the episode aired, McDonald’s has actually entertained the idea of bring the sauce back. “We never say never, because when our customers speak, we listen,” McDonald’s spokesperson Terri Hickey told USA Today yesterday. However, until the return actually happens (or if it never does), one of the internet’s own has stepped up to the plate.