For the first time since 1998, McDonald's will offer its rare Szechuan dipping sauce for one day only.
The flavor gained pop culture fame thanks to a mention on the Cartoon Network show "Rick and Morty", in season 3 opener.
So the fast-food chain chose to play along. In the season three premiere, Rick [voiced by Roiland] explains that he's trying to get his hands on the sauce.
Harmon in his comments alludes to a page on McDonald's website displaying Szechuan sauce promo art that is somewhat reminiscent of Rick and Morty, without being too similar (in a legal sense).
Specialty McDonald sauces are a thing.
The fast-food chain is selling the condiment popularized by the animated show on Saturday, Oct. 7 in select restaurants - including several in Manhattan and one in Long Island City - in tandem with the release of its new buttermilk crispy chicken tenders.
Now, other fans are getting the chance to taste the sauce, for one day only, on October 7 at 2 p.m. "Technology is wonderful. But delivering for our customers is better still", McDonald's chef Michael Haracz wrote cheekily in a release.
"I think it's hysterical".
You won't need a DeLorean or Tardis to get your hands on it, but you will probably have to travel.
This news comes shortly after McDonald's had promised to send Roiland his very own bottle in July, which he announced during Rick and Morty's SDCC 2017 panel.
Naturally, the joke became a meme, and Mickey D's responded by literally sending the show's creators a bottle of Mulan sauce.
In the episode, genius dimension-hopper Rick Sanchez enters a virtual memory of 1998, in order to go through a virtual McDonald's drive-through and order a 10-piece McNugget and "a bunch of the Szechuan sauce - like, as much as you're allowed to give me". "If anyone from McDonald's is reading this, I don't see anything wrong with what they're doing and clearly neither does their legal department".