Apparently, someone would, judging by how high the bid for both the Mulan Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce that was put up on eBay. To be fair it is vintage (19 years old), limited edition and was listed with another sauce (Wasabi flavour) but seriously, would you pay that much for some gnarly old McDonald’s Nugget Sauce?
And considering where the sauce was found, we doubt anyone would even considering opening and trying it out. According to the lister, he found the packet of limited-edition dipping sauce while cleaning out “a really old car”.
Granted that it wasn’t just the Szechuan dipping sauce that was being listed, as there was another Wasabi flavoured dipping sauce being listed as well, though that wasn’t as rare since Singapore did release the same flavour back in 2013. At 187 bids, the sauce was finally “sold” to a buyer at US14,700, a princely sum for expired sauce.
But why did such an obscure sauce suddenly garner so much attention that it would warrant such a ridiculous bid? You can thank Rick and Morty for all the attention. The popular sci-fi animated sitcom recently brought the aforementioned nugget dipping into the spotlight in its third season premiere.
In it, Rick said “I want that Mulan McNugget sauce, Morty, that’s my series arc, Morty. If it takes nine seasons, I want my McNugget dipping sauce Szechuan sauce.”
Following the episode, a petition was started by thousands of fans of the show demanding that McDonald’s bring back the sauce. To date, the petition has already obtained 35,000 signatures and it’s still growing, and some have even said that McDonald’s should relaunch the sauce when the live-action Mulan is released next year.
Apparently, McDonald’s might be considering it when they replied:
Would the sauce make a comeback? Would it eventually disappoint so many fans when they find out it’s nothing like proper, authentic Szechuan sauce (who the hell mixes teriyaki with Szechuan sauce anyway?) We’ll just have to wait till next year to find out… maybe.