Not being too invested in the first place and doubtful of our chances to successfully acquire the sauce, we made a decision to head back to campus.
For one day only, which was yesterday, the company made 1,000 Szechuan sauces which were distributed to certain areas in the country. In the clip, available below, Rick obsesses over getting that sauce.
As previously reported, McDonald's had agreed to bring back the discontinued Szechuan sauce following pleas from Cartoon Network's adult cartoon, "Rick and Morty". Locations offering Szechuan sauce were highlighted with a "Szechuan available" prompt.
After that episode aired on April Fool's Day, fans of the show became curious about the forgotten sauce.
Also, McDonald's announced they would bring back the sauce, and lots of it, to McDonald's all over this winter. Even so, he wasn't willing to wait hours in line.
"I kind of did a little bit of a yell of sorts", he said.
Back to my story, my roommates and I decided it would be fun to try the much-hyped condiment. "I was expecting a big outcome, especially because [the University at Buffalo] is right next to us", Ijichi commented.
"I'm not driven by avenging my dead family, Morty". She went all out for the event, dressing up as Rick with the wig to match her cosplay. Only one register was opened for those who wanted the sauce, causing those in line to wait for a long time to get their hands on their sauce. At least 200 people were visible in the picture with who knows how many off screen. Roughly 12 sauces were at the location, upsetting those who waited in line for hours.
Tasting the sauce again would have been "fulfilling a childhood dream", he said. Very few McDonald's locations received the sauce and those that did reportedly only received 20 packets per store. The company apologized for the shortage in a pinned tweet: "The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today".
You spoke. We've listened.
However, this might not be the end for the legendary sauce. Harmon went on to pick at the art of the Szechuan sauce promotion, implying that McDonald's also tried to imitate the show's art style, supposedly to rake in more fans of "Rick and Morty". The same situation was observed in other branches of McDonald's throughout the US.
The Szechuan sauce was introduced in the market as a promotional tie-in during the 1998 release of Disney's Mulan.