This Is What’s Actually in McDonald’s Cult-Favorite Szechuan Sauce

This Is What’s Actually in McDonald’s Cult-Favorite Szechuan Sauce

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Big news for McDonald’s lovers and even Rick and Morty fans: the beloved Szechuan Sauce you know and love has officially returned. For a limited time, you’ll be able to order the elusive sauce starting Thursday, March 31, via the McDonald’s app.

In true McDonald’s fashion, the fast food brand dropped the news almost unassumingly, simply dropping a tweet stating “hi from Szechuan Sauce, say it back,” to nearly 3,000 retweets and over 2,000 replies glorifying the fan-favorite sauce.

If you’ve never had the famous, long-gone Szechuan sauce, you probably have two questions: 1.) Is it actually worth getting this sauce, and 2.) What’s in it. If you scour the web, the fan reactions to the sauce’s return (and ultimately running out) is enough to prove the desire for the sweet and spicy McNugget dip “highlighted by notes of ginger and garlic with a hint of sesame.”

First revealed back in 1998 as a promotion for the Disney film Mulan, the Szechuan Sauce was a hit among guests as the perfect companion to a Happy Meal or adult-sized order of nuggets. The sauce made its way back into pop culture lexicon in a 2017 episode of Rick and Morty where Rick vows to find more of it, no matter what it takes. Thanks to fan pressure, McDonald’s brought the sauce back again that year and 2018 for a limited time.

So is it worth getting lost in the sauce? Let’s dive into the cult that is the McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce.

What’s in the McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce?

According to the McDonald’s website, the McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce contains the following: Water, Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Starch, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Corn Vinegar, Contains 2% Or Less: Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Soybean Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Spice, Yeast Extract, Garlic, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Safflower Oil, Glutamic Acid, Potassium Sorbate And Sodium Benzoate (preservatives).

As far as nutritional information, the Szechuan Sauce contains 35 calories a pack, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein, and 7 grams of sugar.

Regarding the taste, McDonald’s describes the flavor as savory and soy-forward, probably akin to your favorite wonton dipping sauce. Whether you love it or hate it, this sauce won’t be escaping the minds of McDonald’s fans anytime soon.

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