On Saturday, October 7th, several McDonald's locations across the US gave away Szechuan Sauce, in response to an episode and outcry from fans of the Adult Swim cartoon.
McDonald's admitted its mistake and vowed to do better by bringing sauce back to all restaurants this winter.
Seeing how frantic fans were for a product they stopped making 20 years ago, McDonalds did what most corporations would do and made a decision to bring the stuff back. The fast-food chain offered the sauce for one day only on Saturday - for the first time since 1998. In that episode, Rick (an older adult "genius") and Morty (his less-gifted grandson) seek McDonald's Szechuan dipping sauce in order to fulfill Rick's desire for it.
Fans of the show pleaded with McDonald's to bring the sauce back.
In some parts of the United States, fans encountered stores that had not received the promised sauce and staff who were not aware of the promotion. While we sympathize with the fans who waited in line for hours and left empty-handed, this entire debacle has left a black eye on Rick and Morty's collective fandom. "I want that "Mulan' McNugget sauce, Morty!"
Unopened packets and containers of the sauce were suddenly popping up on eBay and selling for hundreds or thousands of dollars.
When limited supplies of both the sauce ran out at many locations Saturday afternoon, Szechuan aficionados took to social media to express their frustration.
The burger giant is facing threats of boycotts and class-action suits by angry customers on Twitter after a one-day revival of its long-discontinued Szechuan dipping sauce fell sorely short of demand.
"Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn't near enough to meet that demand", it wrote.
At the end of the episode, he says he's driven by finding that McNugget sauce.