It was supposed to be so simple. Instead, it was a brand disaster. Late last summer, McDonald’s attempted to connect with the youth market by resurrecting a long-gone sauce recently referenced on Rick and Morty, a TV show college students are practically mandated to watch. The only problem was that McDonald’s somehow underestimated the show’s explosive popularity. When the brand re-upped on the Szechuan Sauce it rolled out originally as a tie-in for 1998’s Mulan, they did not order nearly enough, creating a scarcity. Videos kept cropping up online showing obnoxious teenagers mobbing McDonald’s. The creators of the show distanced themselves from the whole enterprise, as it suddenly became fashionable to trash not only Rick and Morty’s fanbase, but also the show itself.
Now, McDonald’s is hoping to make amends.
The brand has ordered 20 million packets of Szechuan Sauce, which will be available at restaurants nationwide on Monday, February 26. Additionally, McDonald’s has partnered with Gizmodo and The Onion to produce a series of podcasts documenting what happened with the first attempt to bring the sauce to the people. No word yet on whether the podcast will be delivered to area teens by a skateboarding dog wearing sunglasses, further proving that McDonald’s is down with the kids.
Szechuan Sauce returns 2/26! 20 MILLION CUPS spread across all US McD's!
???? to Ep 1! https://t.co/Er2nfTYI4q
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) February 22, 2018
At least Rick and Morty fans will finally get to try the sauce that served as a plot point for exactly one episode–and find out what high fructose corn syrup tastes like.