McDonald's is bringing back a sauce that led to riots

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The fast food restaurant said Thursday that it will ship 20 million packets of Szechuan sauce to all of its restaurants in the U.S.

The condiment was first served by McDonald's in 1998 to promote the Disney film "Mulan." "Rick and Morty," a sci-fi comedy cartoon, featured the sauce in an episode, prompting a petition signed by 38,742 people to bring back the product.

McDonald's then reintroduced the sauce in October, but its release was clouded by chaos at stores as fans protested over a lack of supply.

After the incident, "Rick and Morty" co-creator Justin Roiland said he and the show's team had "nothing to do with" the McDonald's promotional stunt, adding that he was "not happy" with how it was handled.

Szechuan sauce — made famous by Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty— continues to make headlines. McDonald’s first brought back the sauce for a one-day event on October 7 of last year, which turned into a big fiasco when many fans were left empty-handed. Now the fast food restaurant has officially announced the beloved sauce is returning.

The Szechuan sauce debuted in the first episode of the third season, titled “The Rickshank Redemption,” where fast food locations everywhere were swamped with orders of the popular condiment. Unfortunately, at the time, the dip wasn’t available as it was only introduced in 1998 as a way to promote Disney’s Mulan.

McDonald’s employees have already started tweeting out photos and videos of the Szechuan sauce’s return. Take a look at the tweets and announcement below.

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