The ‘Rick and Morty’ Szechuan Sauce Saga Just Got Weirder


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When a scene from Rick and Morty led to a decades-old McDonald’s nugget dipping sauce being brought back from the dead, a lot of people assumed things couldn’t get any weirder. And yet, they just did, thanks to a renowned EDM artist.

In a tweet on Monday, Robert Workman, who was one of three winners of a Twitter contest where McDonald’s gave away actual jugs of the sauce and later auctioned his bottle off, revealed who he had sold his Szechuan sauce to. The tweet reads, “If all goes according to plan, today’s the day I send off the #szechuansauce to @deadmau5. :D.”

That’s right, famous record producer and DJ deadmau5 is the one who purchased the Szechuan sauce.

The saga began when the McDonald’s sauce used to promote the 1998 release of Mulan was featured in the premiere of Rick and Morty Season 3. In the episode, Rick explained that finding it was the reason he went on all of his crazy adventures, which may very well have been a lie. Nevertheless, shortly after the episode aired, the show’s official Twitter account tweeted a plea for them to “gain enough cultural influence to force McDonald’s into bringing back that fucking sauce.” Fans ran with it, and the huge demand for the sauce to come back eventually made its way to McDonald’s. One of their corporate chefs, Mike Haracz, tweeted “I’ll see what I can do” about bringing the sauce back, leading to speculation the sauce would actually return.

The result: McDonald’s brought back a few bottles of the sauce. One of the bottles went to Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, the rest went to three winners of a Twitter contest. Workman, one of the winners, sold his 64 oz bottle of sauce through eBay for an undisclosed amount. (UPDATE: We previously reported that it had sold for $15,350.00, but the real amount is lower.)

As the identity of bidders is kept a secret by eBay (for good reason), until now we didn’t know who had ponied up the cash. The people behind Rick and Morty presumably found out the way everyone else did, via social media. Their reaction can be seen in the tweet below:

Interestingly, deadmau5 got married over the weekend, meaning that, in the midst of all his preparations for the big day, he put aside some time to get caught up in the hullabaloo surrounding the Szechuan sauce like the rest of us.

Though it’s almost a relief to see an end in sight for the sauce saga, this particular chapter might get a fun epilogue. When deadmau5 (real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman) tweeted that he’d be sharing the Szechuan sauce-covered nuggets with his fans over Twitch, Twitter user @ivegotpost suggested that he should bring Justin Roiland and someone from McDonald’s over for the stream. Corporate chef Haracz agreed, and Zimmerman tweeted at him and Roiland, saying, “You’re more than welcome to join us.”

Rick and Morty Season 3 continues Sundays on Adult Swim at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.

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