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Szechuan sauce became a phenomenon at McDonald’s, thanks to the premiere episode of Rick and Morty Season 3. And when McDonald’s briefly brought the sauce back on October 7, the gesture of goodwill almost backfired. They only had about 20 packets of sauce per participating location, and people who waited in line for hours for the treasured sauce were devastated (and really angry) when the stores ran out so fast. McDonald’s tried to assuage concerns by promising to bring back the sauce sometime this winter. But now we’re partway through January, the weather is really cold, many states have already seen their first blizzards of the season, and there is still no Szechuan sauce to be seen. Is McDonald’s still planning to keep that promise, or are fans everywhere going to be crying out, “Wubba lubba dub dub”? Good news! McDonald’s is bringing back the Szechuan Sauce on January 12, 2018.
This is great news. The day after Christmas, McDonald’s said it still planned to release the Szechuan sauce everywhere and would be serving it again “soon.” But the company hadn’t given out an official date for the sauce’s release yet until today. On Christmas Day, an alert Rick and Morty fan noted on McDonald’s original tweet promising the Szechuan sauce’s return that no one had seen the sauce yet. McDonald’s responded: “We’re still moving sauce through portals, but we’ll be finished soon! We won’t make you wait nine seasons for Szechuan Sauce.”
Their original tweet on October 8 read: “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 h ave to ask for it at a nearby McDonald’s.” And now we know it’s coming back on January 12. That’s a reason to celebrate. Well, unless you were one of the few unlucky people who paid hundreds or more for the limited edition Szechuan Sauce in October.