Three months after “Rick and Morty” fans turned a joke into an online movement, McDonald’s is teasing bringing back its Szechuan dipping sauce, and it didn’t take Rick nine seasons for it to happen.
Back in April, when Adult Swim aired the season 3 premiere of “Rick and Morty” unannounced and on repeat as part of its April Fools broadcast, Rick ended the episode with a long rant talking about the darker adventures he was going to go on with Morty in the coming season. And in the midst of it, he ranted about his ultimate plan to get his hands on the Szechuan sauce, which was introduced at McDonald’s in 1998 to promote the Disney movie “Mulan.”
“If it takes nine seasons, I want my McNugget dipping sauce, Szechuan sauce, Morty!” Rick screamed.
After the premiere, fans began demanding for the sauce’s return, with one fan even starting a Change.org petition. The movement was so popular that it even reached the attention of the show’s co-creator and Rick’s voice actor, Justin Roiland, who tweeted a link to the petition. At San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, Roiland revealed at a panel that McDonald’s had promised him a jug of the Szechuan sauce, and this past weekend, they made good on that promise. With the sauce came a note from McDonald’s chef Mike Haracz, saying they opened a time portal to 1998 to get him the sauce.
Holy shit. pic.twitter.com/vNEIfHTmNU
– Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 30, 2017
“We wish we could have brought more sauce through, but we couldn’t leave a portal like that open,” wrote Haracz. “It’s too risky, even for a sauce as delicious as this.”
In addition, Haracz hinted in the note that a few lucky “Rick and Morty” fans would get a shot at trying out the sauce, though he didn’t go into details. On Sunday, the McDonald’s Twitter account posted a picture of the sauce and asked fans to retweet it in order to “bring it to the present day.”
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– McDonald’s (@McDonalds) July 30, 2017
We have 3 half gallons of #SzechuanSauce stuck in 1998! Retweet, like or respond to bring them to present day before 11:28 p.m. EST
– McDonald’s (@McDonalds) July 31, 2017
Details on how fans can get their hands on the three jugs of sauce are still to come. In the meantime, check out the third season of “Rick and Morty,” airing Sunday nights at 11:30 on Adult Swim.