McDonald’s attempt to bring back Szechuan sauce after Rick and Morty fans demanded it didn’t go as planned — but the fast food chain has a plan.
After thousands of people took to Twitter to complain about the lack of Szechuan sauce at locations around the country, the company says it’ll be bringing back the sauce for a nation-wide release later this year — for longer than a day. McDonald’s made the announcement earlier tonight, one day after the Szechuan sauce was given out at participating locations around the country.
“Szechuan sauce is coming back once again this winter,” a statement from the company reads. “And instead of being one-day-only and limited to certain restaurants, we’re bringing back 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.”
The full statement can be read below:
You spoke. We’ve listened. Lots more #SzechuanSauce and locations. Details soon. And that’s the wayyy the news goes! pic.twitter.com/ooIrbZBsOw— McDonald's (@McDonalds) October 8, 2017
The statement does not confirm when the sauce will come back exactly, but it will be later this year. The company apologized for any inconvenience customers had today at participating restaurants. According to various reports, locations handing out the sauce were only giving away 20 packets.
Szechuan sauce, which was originally launched in 1998 as a limited-time offer to tie in with Disney’s Mulan, made a resurgence this year thanks to Rick and Morty’s season three premiere. The joke has escalated, with co-creator Justin Roiland and a few others —including Deadmau5 — getting their hands on containers of the sauce.
Polygon has reached out to McDonald’s for more specifics about when the sauce will be available and will update when more information becomes available.