McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce Debacle - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

How far would you go for a packet of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce?

If you’re like most people, you’d go about as far as your local McDonald’s… but thousands of fans are doing crazy things for a sauce that was made popular again thanks to a comedy show called “Rick and Morty.”

The show’s Season 3 premier featured the sauce, which was originally unveiled in 1998 for a limited time, and fans demanded McDonald’s re-release it.

The unveiling was a little disappointing for many fans, though, who claimed that the sauce wasn’t available at their locations. (It’s not as if there are more pressing issues to worry about.)

For others, getting their hands on just one packet caused quite a stir – such as a woman from Macomb, Michigan, who got her own and traded it for… wait for it… a car. The woman, Rachel Marie, is a 23-year-old graphic designer who drove 45 minutes to wait hours for the sauce to become available.

“By the time that happened, there were hundreds of people waiting,” Marie said. “The line snaked around the building.”

That particular location had just 20 packets available, but she and a friend each snagged one. Instead of smearing it on McNuggets, though, Marie traded one packet for a 2000 Volkswagen Golf MK4.

Because fans made such a big deal over the sauce, which can be made at home, McDonald’s is bringing it back this winter. Part of the company’s statement says, “Szechuan sauce is coming back once again this winter,” a statement from the company reads. “And instead of being one-day-only and limited to certain restaurants, we’re bringing back more — a lot more — so that any fan who’s willing to do whatever it takes for Szechuan sauce will only have to ask for it at a nearby McDonald’s.”

What Do You Think?

Personally, I think trading a car for a packet of sauce is overkill – but I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please, share them on my Facebook page or join the conversation on Twitter!

Carlos Gamino