We got our Szechuan sauce details mixed up, everybody. (Our dipping sauce beat writer is off today.) No McDonald's in Cleveland will be carrying the sauce during this weekend's promotion! See more info below.
You can, however, find the Rick and Morty-inspired Szechuan dipping sauce at 246 East Exchange Street in Akron and at 570 5th Avenue in Youngstown — beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Other restaurants, like the East 55th Street McD's in Cleveland, will only have the posters, apparently. See all participating restaurants at the Szechuan promotion website, and you'll see how we became very confused with the Cleveland details ourselves.
In Rick and Morty, one of the funniest cartoons on TV these days, we learn in Season 3 that the engine behind all of Rick's bizarre space-time adventures is his search for a Szechuan dipping sauce that ran as a special Mulan promotion at McDonald's in the summer of 1998. He's been trying to get back to that sauce this whole time, you see.
McDonald's, never one to pass up a wink to its millennial fan base, has been paying attention. The fast food giant will bring its Szechuan dipping sauce back to select locations this Saturday. The sauce is described in corporate literature as "savory and slightly sweet ... with hints of soy, ginger, garlic, and slight vinegar notes."
Stores will also be selling "limited-edition posters."
Laying the Rick and Morty bit on real thick, McD's chef Michael Haracz said, “Guys, we did it. After returning with the Szechuan Sauce from the always-1998 dimension, C-1998M, we did some science and now we have a bit more sauce! Technology is amazing. ... It’s a great moment for McDonald’s and our fans that I’m definitely not taking for granite.”