This Szechuan Sauce Recipe Is for ‘Rick & Morty’ Fans Shorted by McDonald’s

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In Cartoon Network’s “Rick and Morty,” kooky scientist Rick takes his grandson Morty on adventures that sometimes transcend space and time. But the show’s cartoon world has merged with our own universe, and it all went down at McDonald’s this weekend.

Answering fans’ demands for the Szechuan sauce featured in the third season of the show (watch it, nerds), McDonald’s announced it would rerelease the promotional sauce from the late ‘90s for one day only: Saturday, Oct. 7.

Fans lined up. They waited. They tweeted to McDonald’s in complaint and to one another in commiseration. Packets of sauce were listed on eBay for ridiculous prices. In some cities, police had to step in to keep the peace after stores’ limited supplies ran out.

For Show and/or Sauce Fans, There Is Hope

But all is not lost for people who wanted a taste of nostalgia.

“Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn’t near enough to meet that demand,” McDonald’s apologized in a tweet Sunday.

“Szechuan Sauce is coming back once again this winter. And instead of being one-day-only and limited to select restaurants, we’re bringing more — a lot more — so that any fan who’s willing to do whatever it takes for Szechuan Sauce will only have to ask for it at a nearby McDonald’s,” the statement said.

The chain hasn’t announced a release date, as it is obviously planning this promotion and sweating bullets while you read this article.

In the meantime, you can actually make this sauce yourself.

How to Make Your Own Mulan Szechuan Sauce

For a few months, Reddit users have been upvoting a fan’s tribute recipe for McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce, which he developed somewhere between the fast-food giant’s sauce promotion for “Mulan” and its recent resurgence.

Here’s what it takes, according to user Xeropoint:

6 cloves garlic

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Soy sauce (to taste)

2 tablespoons plum sake (optional)

3 ½ tablespoons Sriracha

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Red pepper flakes (to taste)

How much does that all cost?

Garlic cloves: $1.50

Balsamic vinegar: $2.68

Soy sauce: $1.44

Sriracha: $2.12

Brown sugar: $1.36

Red pepper flakes: $1.40

Plumb sake (optional): $7.99

Total cost: $10.50 to $18.49

OK, so it’s not a money saver if you’re starting from scratch. But what would you rather do? Go to McDonald’s with your family, spend about as much to only get a few packets of sauce and be done with it? Or make this tribute sauce at home, where you can enjoy it again and again?

No, seriously, don’t make me solve your time versus money questions. I can’t take the pressure. It’s your sauce, people. Get it however you can get it.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder.