McDonald’s Viral Szechuan Sauce is back in restaurants for a limited time.
The fast-food chain announced limited returns last week, saying the dipping sauce will be available for a few days while supplies remain in place. It is described as having a savory and slightly sweet flavor profile with hints of soy, garlic, ginger and mild vinegar.
The sauce originally debuted in 1998 as part of McDonald’s promotions for the Disney animated film Mulan.
In 2017, after a nearly 20-year hiatus, there was a huge surge in interest when Sauce was mentioned in an episode of “Rick and Morty”—an edgy, adult-oriented animated series on Cartoon Network. The sauce returned for one day in 2017 and supplies quickly ran out.
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“It’s only returned three times in the past 24 years, and we’re excited for fans to get another taste of the elusive favorite for a few days at a time,” McDonald’s said in a statement.
It also came back in 2018 and there are packages of old sauce for sale on eBay. Prices vary but a sauce expiring in 2017 was listed on Monday for $950.
How to Get McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce
This time around, the sauce will only be available for free on the McDonald’s app if selected as the dipping sauce option for Chicken McNuggets. McDonald’s said the five sauces can also be purchased la carte on the app.
The sauce will also come in five different golden foil designs that spell out “Szechuan.”
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There are a number of deals going on on McDonald’s app and with MyMcDonald’s Rewards program. Offers and daily deals may vary by account and region.
Don’t have the app? McDonald’s says on its website that when you download the app and join MyMcDonald’s Rewards by March 31, you’ll get a free large fry. Then after your first purchase, you get a choice of hash browns, vanilla cones, macchions or cheeseburgers for free. ,
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