If you have not watched Rick and Morty you surely have heard of the show and the cultural impact they made last year with the public's demand for McDonald's to re-release their limited edition Mulan movie-tie in promotion Szechuan McNugget sauce. No? Well where the hell have you been?
In the first episode of the third season Rick is taken back via brain-link simulation to the day he created his trans-dimensional portal gun. Before getting to the actual moment he created the gun, he stops at a McDonald's and orders some szechuan sauce and raves about how great it is. By the end of the episode fans took to the internet and begin asking McDonald's to bring it back.
This past October McDonald's introduced their new chicken strips with accompanying new sauces and to promote this, the corporation announced that they would release a limited amount of Szechuan Sauce at a small number of stores. The amount per store? 10 to 20. Fans showed up in the hundred and chaos ensued.
At the receiving end of the fury was the poor hourly employees who had to not only deal with the endless amount of customers but also their enraged demands for more sauce. Perhaps that is why the employee at the location I visited today told me, "When I saw the six boxes labled 'szechuan sauce' arrive last week, I thought 'oh fuck'". Though the demand might be high, the supply seems abundant and I was able to grab six packs to give it a try.
I don't know what I was expecting really... Szechuan, after all, is a style of Chinese food, not a flavor. It'd be like if it was called Sauteed Sauce or Slow Cooked Sauce or Bar-B... Oh wait...
The over all flavor is like a teriyaki sauce and not that great of one at that. Great fast food teriyaki sauce is at Panda Express and this does not hold a flame to that but I still liked it all the same. The favorable light is cast from my love for the show Rick and Morty and though this sauce has no direct mention of the cartoon in advertising nor packaging, it's still there. It's current existence is due solely to the fact that it was mentioned on Rick and Morty.
Just know that if you don't like the show, don't watch or never heard of it, this will be nothing special to you. Now that I have had it, I'm okay never tracking it down again. I'll stick with that terrific McDonald's Signature Sauce. Seriously. If you have yet to make that Rick and Morty trip to your local McD's, pick up some of that Signature Sauce in addition to the Szechuan. You won't be sorry. Maybe by season nine Rick Sanchez will be obsessed with that far superior dipping sauce. Until then...