McDonald's Szechuan sauce is coming to Athens

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Like most Dan Harmon productions, Rick and Morty is replete with constant references to pop culture esoterica.

Fans even started a Change.org petition for McDonald's to re-release the sauce, originally meant for McNuggets, since the "Rick and Morty" Season 3 debut in April. Almost 20 years after a promotional run, the sauce re-emerged in the cultural hemisphere from Cartoon Network Adult Swim's popular television show "Rick and Morty".

No Lehigh Valley McDonald's will have the sauce, but you can find at a few locations in Scranton and Philadelphia, or head to New Jersey to find it in Camden or Newark. (Yes, that's the Sunday of New York Comic Con). "Technology is wonderful. But delivering for our customers is better still", McDonald's chef Michael Haracz wrote cheekily in a release. "After almost 20 years (and perhaps a bit of time travel) we're even doing the impossible".

McDonald's announced on October 1 - the day the Rick and Morty season finale aired - they would resurrect the now-famous Szuechuan dipping sauce at select restaurants for one day only: Saturday, Oct 7. The sauce will be available dine-in only, on a first-come, first-serve basis with the purchase of McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Tenders beginning at 2 p.m., while supplies last.

"It's really amusing because if you're going to get robbed, get robbed by McDonald's".

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The McDonald's-inspired gag quickly took hold within the show's fan base and across social media platforms. "After returning with the Szechuan Sauce from the always-1998 dimension, C-1998M, we did some science and now we have a bit more sauce!"

In July, the fast food chain even sent co-creator Justin Roiland his very own half-gallon of the stuff. They are using this mysterious "Signature Sauce" as a ploy to get its customers interested.

"I want that McNugget Sauce, Morty!"

So the fast-food chain made a decision to play along. "Look I'm not being sarcastic when I talk about this".

Only three restaurants in Colorado will be offering the sauce Saturday. "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".

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