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McDonald's Szechuan sauce makes another comeback




Promotional photo of McDonald's Szechuan sauce, being re-released February 26th, 2018.
Promotional photo of McDonald's Szechuan sauce, being re-released February 26th, 2018.
via McDonald's Twitter

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The '90s may seem like a lifetime ago, but there are still some echoes of the decade that can be felt today. Such as this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGRDCRuPklc

That McDonald's commercial is from 20 years ago, promoting "Szechuan sauce." The chicken McNuggets dipping sauce was only offered for a short time, in conjunction with the Disney film, "Mulan." And it came and went without much fanfare. Until this happened:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXIWyYtq85E

That's the popular animated T.V. series, "Rick and Morty" -- a dark TV parody of "Back to the Future." In this episode, a crazed scientist named Rick rants about the sauce to his nephew, Morty. 

When it came out last April, the episode sparked a movement. "Rick and Morty" fans suddenly wanted the Szechuan sauce.

McDonald's gave into fans' demands and re-released the sauce, but it was only for one day back in October. Things got ugly quick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_HboVYEkWw

Clearly, McDonald's didn't anticipate the crowds — or their appetites —or their anger. So today, after many months it's back. 

https://twitter.com/McDonalds/status/968138636611981312

The fast food restaurant announced it will be shipping 20 million packets nationwide, so you can get your fix while supplies last, if you're willing to brave the crowds.

But if you don't feel like standing in line, the Internet has you covered.  An amateur chef has cooked up a copycat version of the sauce that's making the rounds online...so you can make it yourself.

Good luck!