After almost two decades of waiting, the Mulan Szechuan sauce is finally back at McDonald's. At least, that's the case for Justin Roiland, co-creator of the massively popular Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty. Huffington Post reports that Roiland confirmed Friday at Comic-Con that McDonald's has approached him and offered to deliver a "jug" of the sauce to him by next week. This bizarre offer comes from a massive fan campaign to bring back the sauce following the April 1st sneak peek of the third season of Rick and Morty, where the sauce is featured prominently as a joke.
Roiland has been enamored with the sauce since it was first released. Its appearance in the show reflects this to the extent of having main character Rick declare the sauce as his driving motivation in life.
After he receives the sauce, he and co-creator Dan Harmon plan to film themselves trying it and stating their reactions after all this time. Roiland also mentioned the various lengths he'd gone to over the years to try and procure some of the sauce himself before now. “I heard they had a limited batch at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada,” he said.
“I called every McDonald’s in L.A. and went online. I even might have tried to connect with people in Canada to see if they could mail it to me ― and that failed.” Due to the reaction from fans, including numerous petitions, McDonald's made a statement in April claiming they would consider having the sauce return at some point in the future.
“We never say never, because when our customers speak, we listen. And to paraphrase some of our most enthusiastic fans, our sauce is so good that it would be worth waiting nine seasons or 97 years for.” While there is yet to be any word on whether or not the general public will be able to enjoy the July 30th premier of Rick and Morty with a 10-piece Chicken McNugget and Szechuan sauce, it's safe to say that's exactly what Roiland and friends will be doing.