McDonald’s is bringing back its Szechuan Sauce, which was first released over 20 years ago as a part of their promotion for the 1998 Disney animated film “Mulan.”
McDonald’s first hinted at the news on their official Twitter account on March 19 with an image that reads, “Sauce Drop,” above the phone number 707-932-4826, which subtly spells out 70S-ZEC-HUAN.
“I know something you don’t,” McDonald’s tweeted. “U should text me about the next sauce drop.”
The hint was then followed by an official announcement on March 20 of the Szechuan Sauce’s comeback planned for March 31, with an image of five packets with different golden foil designs spelling out the word “Szechuan.”
“Hi from Szechuan Sauce, say it back,” the company captioned their tweet.
The Szechuan Sauce will be available exclusively on the McDonald’s app as one of the sauce options to accompany any orders of the Chicken McNuggets. Up to five sauces can also be purchased a la carte on the app. The “savory and soy forward Szechuan-inspired sauce” is described as having a sweet taste of ginger and garlic with a hint of sesame.
The sauce was originally included in Happy Meals in 1998 along with one of eight “Mulan” toys. While its availability only lasted throughout the promotion of the animated film, the fast food company brought it back in 2017 when an episode of Cartoon Network’s “Rick & Morty” featured the sauce during Rick’s time-travel to a McDonald’s in 1998. The reference drove many “Rick & Morty” fans to start a petition to bring it back, which McDonald’s did for a single day in U.S. restaurants on Oct. 7 that year.
The viral popularity of the Szechuan Sauce also drove the fast food company to bring it back on Feb. 26, 2018 with 20 million packets available across U.S. restaurants.