Szechuan sauce became a nationwide phenomenon, thanks to the premiere episode of Rick and Morty Season 3. Then, when McDonald’s briefly brought the sauce back on October 7th, the gesture of goodwill almost backfired. They only had about 20 packets of sauce for each participating location, and people who waited in line for hours for the delicious sauce were devastated when the stores ran out so fast. McDonald’s tried to calm the angry mob by promising to bring back the sauce sometime this winter. But now we’re halfway through January, the weather is really cold, many states have already seen their first blizzards of the season, and there is still no Szechuan sauce to be seen. Is McDonald’s still planning to keep that promise, or are fans everywhere going to be crying out, “Wubba lubba dub dub”? Unfortunately, McDonald’s hasn’t said yet when it’s bringing back the Szechuan Sauce, and fake McDonald’s accounts are promoting that it’s happening soon.
The day after Christmas (Boxing day), McDonald’s said it still planned to release the Szechuan sauce everywhere and would be serving it again “soon.” But the company hadn’t given out an official date for the sauce’s release yet. On Christmas Day, an alert Rick and Morty fan noted on McDonald’s original tweet promising the Szechuan sauce’s return that no one had seen the sauce yet. McDonald’s responded: “We’re still moving sauce through portals, but we’ll be finished soon! We won’t make you wait nine seasons for Szechuan Sauce.” That’s one of the last times we’ve heard officially from McDonald’s, so it looks like they plan to keep their “winter” promise, but we don’t know any more than that.
Where’s the sauce we still don’t have it
— TSDante (@TSsquid28) December 25, 2017
On January 2, McDonald’s confirmed again that it was on the way, but not ready quite yet:
Hi, Graves! It doesn’t take a mad scientist to know how awesome our legendary Szechuan sauce is. Give us a bit more space-time to get it ready for distribution. Coming soon to a McDonald's near YOU!
— McDonald's (@McDonalds) January 2, 2018
We still have some time for McDonald’s to meet its winter promise. Winter officially didn’t begin until December 21 and doesn’t officially end until March 20. So we could still be waiting for a while. If you’re not sure why this sauce is so popular, here’s the clip from the Season 3 premiere that started it all:
Unfortunately, some fake McDonald’s social media accounts are trying to claim specific dates for the Szechuan Sauce return. This fake account below, which looks real until you see the Twitter handle is @RealMcDonolds, claimed the sauce was coming back on January 12. So if you’re searching “McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce” on a site like Twitter, beware fake accounts like this one, which even had me fooled just like a Jerry for a minute:
McDonald's Szechuan Sauce is ready for distribution. Coming to a McDonald's near you 1/12/18! pic.twitter.com/bGgq57bX4M
— McDonald's (@RealMcDonolds) January 5, 2018
If you don’t want to wait for the Szechuan Sauce, here’s a copycat recipe you can try today, by Redditor OliverBabish. He tasted the actual Szechuan sauce, saw a photo of McDonald’s recipe, and tried to copy it as best he could: