Fans of Rick and Morty were treated to a massive surprise from Adult Swim and creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon on April Fools’ Day when the first episode of season three—the new season said fans have been waiting for since 2015—was aired without a single word being spoken of it before it began playing.
If you’ve seen the episode, you know that a particular McDonald’s McNugget sauce—seen above being enjoyed by Galactic Federation agent Cornvelious Daniel (voiced by Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion)—played a significant role in the episode. The sauce was a special Szechuan flavor created in 1998 to coincide with the release of the Disney animated movie Mulan, and after the movie had come and gone the sauce disappeared. It’s been nearly 20 years now, but the episode of Rick and Morty has made enough of a splash that even McDonald’s has taken notice, and it looks like there’s a chance the sauce could be revived.
After the episode the official Rick and Morty Twitter account shared a commercial for the sauce and got to work on getting the attention of McDonald’s, who responded:
But that’s just good fun and games. Ashley Lutz from Business Insider called on Twitter user McD Truth to help make this happen, and they in turn called on one of McDonald’s chefs, who was up for helping out:
@AshleyLutz Lol, we need one of the chef's to take that recipe off the shelf. If we can give away Big Mac sauce bottles, we can do this! @Mike_Haracz
Side note: that same chef also took part in McDonald’s own April Fools’ gag, a play on the tiny food craze.
There’s even a Change.org petition going to revive the sauce that’s nearing 25,000 signatures, believe it or not.
It’s also worth mentioning that this is all happening at a very good time for those of you hoping McDonald’s actually brings the Szechuan sauce back. Let’s not forget that Disney is enjoying quite a bit of success remaking their animated movies, and a live-action Mulan remake is currently scheduled for a November 2018 release.
Please God, I don't ask for much, please let us gain enough cultural influence to force McDonald's into bringing back that fucking sauce.