The Popularity Explosion of Szechuan Sauce

Szechuan sauce. Whether you have to look up how to spell it properly or have no knowledge of how to pronounce the name (At the drive thru a few nights ago, I got to hear “Zetchoon sauce”) there’s no denying that this seemingly normal condiment caused a massive stir since its reentry into the world in 2017. Oh, you didn’t hear about it? The riots? The huge lines of ravenous sauce hungry fans that formed in the wee hours outside of some McDonalds restaurants? Well believe it or not, this is true information, folks. Lets dip into this story and coat our curiosity nuggets in the sauce of knowledge as I talk about how an episode of the wildly popular show “Rick and Morty” created a sweet and tangy phenomenon of chaos.

I really have no clue what a curiosity nugget is nor do I have a clue as to why so many people went insane over this Szechuan flavored dipping sauce from McDonalds. After all, it was pretty much long forgotten. In fact, almost 20 years forgotten. The sauce was originally introduced as a promotion for the hit Disney flick, Mulan, back in 1998 and I’m assuming  people highly enjoyed it. I had never tried it back then so I can’t back that statement myself. Even though I tend to make up A LOT of things for these blogs. But I digress…

Fast forward to 2017: During the first episode of season 3 of the cartoon Rick and Morty, Rick mentions his love of the sauce and briefly describes its origins. We later find out that all the chaos that transpires through out the episode was actually the product of Rick’s desire to have that tasty sauce once again. “I want that Mulan McNugget sauce, Morty” he says at the end of the episode.”That’s my series arc…”

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A Scene From the Infamous Episode That Brought About The Great Szechuan Calamity of 2017

 This is when the storm started to form. Fans immediately became interested in the classic condiment and McDonalds soon issued a statement via Twitter that the sauce would return for one day, on October 7th, 2017. Poor McDonalds. If only they had realized what was in store…It turned out that only a few sites were carrying the special run of sauce, but fans turned up at multiple locations, and in huge numbers, to claim their prize. When told there was none, the unhappy sauce seekers began acting out, rioting and causing general chaos. So much in fact that news coverage and internet fame followed very fast. Even EBAY saw a flood of high dollar sales for the super rare condiment. This is the outcome of one episode of a cartoon. Worldwide news, and general chaos. Well played, Rick and Morty.

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Just…What??

So here it is, a bit over a year later, and McDonalds has decided to do it again. But this time they were a bit more prepared. More sauce, more locations. In fact about 20 million cups were said to be set loose upon the waiting world. So I hauled my happy ass out to the drive thru, ordered my 20 piece, and got my sauce. The moment of truth was here. Even though the inner “collector” in me was screaming to save it and leave it sealed, my desire to know what this Nectar of the Gods tasted like was simply too irresistible. I opened the seal and felt the defeat of my inner voice, followed by the rush from knowing that I was about to indulge in a true cultural phenomenon. I carefully extracted one lone nugget, the first of 20. The first to feel its tender yet crispy body coated in thick, viscous history…As the first nugget moved toward my eager lips, I caught a whiff of the aroma. Sweet and tangy…conjuring images of delicious Asian style cuisines from days gone by. I took my bite. A long savory moment in time. The flavors washed over the taste buds and danced about…

How was it you ask? Meh. I give it a 5.5/10. What do you want from me? It’s freakin’ dipping sauce from a fast food place, not a damn gold laden potion of riches, sex slaves, and happiness. Get a life, gang. Sometimes the legend is better than the real deal. Don’t get me wrong it was tasty, but I’m not gonna act a fool over flavored corn syrup in a tiny plastic cup. Sorry to have built you up only to turn it into a rant. But then again what would you expect from me. So yes, do try the sauce and continue to enjoy Rick and Morty, but try to at least keep your wits about you.

Fake News Nate, signing out for the night. Though this was all real, please remember…You can’t screw up the facts when you never tell the truth..also remember that I’m supposed to say that, because its my catchphrase…geez

Be sure to like, rate, subscribe, and all those other things you’re supposed to do to help promote stuff you enjoy! See ya soon…

szechuannate

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