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What's with McDonald's and Szechuan Sauce?

Welcome to FTW Explains, a guide to catching up on and better understanding stuff going on in the world. You may have seen a lot of talk this past week about McDonald’s bringing back Szechuan Sauce and wondered what that’s all about. We’re here to help. Let us explain.

What’s Szechuan Sauce?

It’s a condiment that was once offered by the fast food chain for a limited time back in the late 1990s to celebrate the premiere of Disney’s Mulan.

Why is there a big deal being made about it now if it’s been gone for nearly 30 years?

This all thanks to Rick and Morty.

What’s that?

A super-awesome, fun Adult Swim animated series shown on Cartoon Network.

And what does that have to do with Szechuan Sauce?

On the season 3 premiere episode of the show, protagonist and genius scientist Rick Sanchez has been imprisoned and an alien has entered Rick’s thoughts and memories. While Sanchez and the alien have a chat, Rick reveals he loved the sauce, and later rants to his grandson Morty that his plan to get his hands on Szechuan Sauce once again.

How did McDonald’s react?

As any smart brand would: By bringing back Szechuan Sauce. But they did it for just one day: This past Saturday, in select stores. Fans of…

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