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2017 Szechuan sauce fiasco

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The 2017 Szechuan sauce fiasco was an incident in American McDonald's restaurants that occurred on October 7, 2017.[1] The event was a result of a shortage of limited-edition Szechuan sauce, a condiment that McDonald's previously offered in a 1998 promotion for the Disney film Mulan. On April 1, 2017, the season three premiere of American animated sitcom Rick and Morty contained a joke about the sauce, where the main character Rick Sanchez goes to McDonald's and places a 10-piece McNugget order with Szechuan sauce. This goes on to becomes a running gag in the episode.

As a result, thousands of fans signed a petition demanding the fast-food chain to bring it back. The company decided to release it in October 2017, but the quantities were not enough to satisfy the demand.[2]

The shortage of the sauce even spurred a resale market on eBay.[3] McDonald's had to make a separate website dedicated to the issue and in February 2018 promised to ship 20 million packets of Szechuan sauce to all of its restaurants in the U.S.[4]

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