McDonald's reveals plans to bring Szechuan sauce back to US stores

Martin Coulter
McDonald's revived the sauce in October for a limited run: Getty Images

McDonald's has announced plans to bring back its popular Szechuan sauce after a limited run left punters desperate for more.

The fast food chain said it planned to bring back "much, much more" of the condiment to US restaurants after an earlier shortage led to the police being called to a number of restaurants.

McDonald's released a small supply of the sauce in April last year, after it featured in recurring gag in popular cartoon Ricky and Morty.

It was originally released as a promotional item in the US to celebrate the release of the 1998 animated film Mulan.

It is understood there are no current plans to bring the sauce to the UK.

A McDonald's spokesman said: "Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn’t near enough to meet that demand. We disappointed fans and we are sorry.

"We’ve worked every day since October to bring back much, much, more of the sauce our fans have been craving.

"And we’re excited to announce that starting Monday, February 26, 20 million packets of Szechuan Sauce will be available across all US McDonald’s restaurants."

One woman reportedly traded her car for a single packet of Szechuan after last year's shortage.

Many more were left disappointed when they queued for hours to find each branch only had 20 packets. Police were called to Wellington in Florida after fans grew angry and began chanting, with widespread reports of rioting and anti-social behaviour elsewhere.

The producers of Rick and Morty were not involved with the promotion. Co-creator Dan Harmon wrote on Twitter: "Yes can I get a McBlatantly Unlicensed Integration Meal done not well, hold the permission, extra awkward".

The Standard approached McDonald's for further comment.