A limited-edition McDonald’s dipping sauce that vanished nearly two decades ago may make a comeback, all thanks to its recent feature on the hit Cartoon Network show, “Rick and Morty.”
The fast food giant is open to bringing back the Szechuan McNugget sauce, a McDonald’s spokesperson told The Huffington Post in an email on Tuesday. The news follows an uptick in public demand sparked by the sauce’s appearance on the TV show, including online petitions and even eBay sales of photos of the sauce.
“We never say never, because when our customers speak, we listen. And to paraphrase some of our most enthusiastic fans, our sauce is so good that it would be worth waiting 9 seasons or 97 years for,” the spokesperson said, citing the cartoon’s sauce-crazed mad scientist.
For those who missed Saturday night’s surprise season three premiere, Rick Sanchez — who last we saw had been imprisoned by aliens — declared that his personal goal is to get his hands on the discontinued sauce, which debuted in 1998 as a promotional condiment for the Disney film, “Mulan.” (No joke.)
“If it takes nine seasons, I want my McNugget dipping sauce, Szechuan sauce, Morty,” he at one point salivates in the episode while clawing at his terrified grandson. (Watch a summary of the sauce scenes here)
Needless to say, fans of the show were instantly salivating too — even if they’ve never tasted it.
Word got back to a McDonald’s chef who tweeted that he’d “see what I can do.” Ebay listings for the tiny packets have also since popped up with prices ranging reaching $100 and photos of the sauce selling for as much as $55,000.
That top priced item is listed as being sold by a user named “Definitelynotdanharmon,” which sounds suspiciously like “Rick and Morty” producer Dan Harmon. When reached by HuffPost, the seller insisted that he is “definitely not Dan Harmon.” Regardless, all of the proceeds from the “autographed” image are vowed to go to Habitat for Humanity, which is a great cause.
(This sauce better be mind blowing.)
CORRECTION: This story previously misidentified Rick Sanchez as Morty’s uncle. He is his grandfather.