We finally tried McDonald's mythical Szechuan sauce -- and it proved that 'Rick and Morty' fans were fools to riot and spend thousands of dollars on it

Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderMcDonald’s Szechuan sauce is back.

  • McDonald’s rolled out its famous Szechuan sauce across the US on Monday.
  • “Rick and Morty” fans rioted in October after the fast-food chain gave away Szechuan sauce across the US – and demand far exceeded supply.
  • The Szechuan sauce is good, but the goopy sweet-and-sour-style sauce is far from riot-worthy.

McDonald’sSzechuan sauce is finally on the fast-food chain’s menu after months of petitions,bidding wars, and riots in fast-food parking lots.

On Monday, McDonald’s began serving Szechuan sauce at every location across the US.

In October, McDonald’s gave away the sauce at select locations after immense demand from fans of the cartoon show “Rick and Morty.” The limited-edition sauce had appeared on an episode of the Adult Swim show.

McDonald's Szechuan SauceHollis Johnson/Business InsiderMcDonald’s Szechuan sauce.

“Rick and Morty” fans swarmed to those locations, only to find that each restaurant had only 20 to 40 sauce packets and 10 special-edition posters. The diehard fans, some of whom had shown up at the locations as early as 4 a.m., were furious at McDonald’s.

On Monday, McDonald’s wasn’t taking any chances and announced it would be distributing 20 million sauce packs across the country. When we arrived at McDonald’s on Monday, however, there was no sign of the crowds and riots that plagued the fast-food chain when it announced a super-limited return of the sauce in October.

Living up to the degree of hype that Szechuan sauce had experienced is a Herculean task. McDonald’s locations literally had to call the police because “Rick and Morty” fans were rioting when they didn’t get a taste of the sauce. DJ deadmau5 spent roughly $US15,000 on a jug of the stuff.

McDonald's Szechuan SauceHollis Johnson/Business InsiderMcDonald’s Szechuan sauce and McNuggets.

And, unfortunately, McDonald’s didn’t pull it off and deliver a truly riot-worthy sauce.

Szechuan sauce tastes like if you took a classic suburban American Chinese restaurant’s sweet-and-sour chicken and mixed it with some soy sauce and maybe a hint of sesame.

It’s goopy, sweet, and very salty – and, in its own right, it’s a pretty tasty option. We aggressively dunked and quickly downed 40 nuggets doused in the Szechuan sauce, so we can promise that it’s tasty, and you’ll want to keep on dipping.

McDonald's Szechuan SauceHollis Johnson/Business InsiderMcDonald’s Szechuan sauce ingredients list.

However, there’s not much to elevate the sauce over the run-of-the-mill sweet-and-sour sauce. It’s good, but it’s not great. And, that wouldn’t have been a problem if it weren’t for the out-of-control “Rick and Morty” backlash.

Rioting over Chick-fil-A’s eponymous sauce? Completely understandable.

Rioting over McDonald’s Szechuan sauce? You’d be better served going to the nearest Chinese food restaurant and stealing some sweet-and-sour and soy sauce packets for your McNuggets instead.

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