Eat and Drink McDonald's promises to bring Szechuan sauce back this winter McDonald's Szechuan dipping sauce returned in extremely limited supply Saturday to select restaurants in New York City, angering fans who had lined up to buy some. Photo Credit: Facebook / McDonald's Updated October 9, 2017 11:33 AM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email McDonald's is promising to bring back its Szechuan sauce this winter, after an extremely limited re-release of the condiment on Saturday provoked major backlash from droves of customers who left restaurants empty-handed. "Yesterday, we were truly humbled by the amazing curiosity, passion and energy this community showed to welcome back Szechuan Sauce," the fast-food chain said Sunday evening in a statement on Twitter. "And our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn't near enough to meet that demand." The company's one-day promotion — tied to the introduction of its new Buttermilk Crispy Chicken tenders — attracted long lines at participating locations in Manhattan and Queens on Saturday morning, images on social media showed. McDonald's first released its Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce to promote the 1998 premiere of Disney's "Mulan," but it marketed the condiment's return to fans of the Adult Swim animated show "Rick and Morty." In Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's cult-favorite cartoon, alcoholic genius Rick Sanchez rants about Szechuan sauce as the hidden motivation for his risky adventures through space and alternate dimensions. "I'm driven by finding that McNugget sauce," he raves to his grandson and sidekick in the show's season three premiere. "If it takes nine seasons, I want my McNugget ... Szechuan dipping sauce." "Rick and Morty" fans driven to McDonald's in the pursuit of the condiment this weekend were disappointed to find that some locations had stocked as little as 20 packets, they complained on Twitter. Some restaurants reportedly handed out wristbands in the morning, far in advance of the sale that started at 2 p.m. McDonald's formally apologized for the marketing snafu on Twitter Saturday: "The best fans in the multiverse showed us what they got today," the company said. "We hear you & we're sorry not everyone could get some super-limited Szechuan." A McDonald's spokeswoman referred to that redress when asked for further comment Sunday morning. That evening, she shared the updated statement: "We're going to make this right," the company promised its customers. "Szechuan Sauce is coming back once again this winter." This time, McDonald's said it will supply enough packets "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." We promise to keep you updated about those plans. In the meantime, here's what New Yorkers had to say about the debacle: They remarked on the long lines What am I doing with my life? #szechuansauce @RickandMorty pic.twitter.com/AbbGXp1Yyc— Ada (@AddyMariaaa) October 7, 2017 JESUS CHRIST MORTY #SzechuanSauce pic.twitter.com/imL8MNl9U1— Grr (@Grr_George) October 7, 2017 East Harlem McDonald's waiting for that #szechuansauce. they have 40. glad I got here early #rickandmorty pic.twitter.com/jOvwVLGl6z— Matt (@mattwoodson1313) October 7, 2017 Some accused McDonald's of trolling We got Rick Roll'd today over some #SzechuanSauce— Chris Qrook (@factsBdeadass) October 7, 2017 @McDonalds Only 10-20 packets of #SzechuanSauce per location!?! @BurgerKing was right, #nevertrustaclown 🤡#RickandMorty @RickandMorty pic.twitter.com/6Xj0jCcreA— Gemini (@Geminius) October 7, 2017 @McDonald’s must have the same marketing team as @realDonaldTrump #alternativefacts #szechuansauce— peg leg greg (@CodyDemaria) October 7, 2017 Other blamed incompetence It's like Jerry HIMSELF did the actual marketing #szechuansauce #McDonalds— ☆ luCΔs---Lee ☆ (@noTime_ToneZ) October 7, 2017 @McDonalds does Jerry run your marketing team? #SzechuanSauce pic.twitter.com/KrEZfRGNGL— Sheeps McClusky (@tallesttom) October 7, 2017 How @McDonalds looks since they only sent 20 #szechuansauce packs to places pic.twitter.com/PEjftklJlM— Jonathan Palmer (@JonMalikPalmer) October 7, 2017 Some held up posters in protest of the sauce shortage @McDonalds violated the terms of the promotion. Sauce was out at 5am; promotion starts after 2pm. #wewantthesauce #szechuansauce #scammed pic.twitter.com/PkxASitLZK— hustla da rabit (@hustla_bb) October 7, 2017 Others called for a McDonald's boycott .@McDonalds REALLY horrible marketing to make 1000s of ppl line up for #SzechuanSauce when you only have 20 per location #boycottMcDonalds— ChrisC (@Angeleyyz) October 7, 2017 Meanwhile, competitor Wendy's took advantage of the whole situation Glad we could pick up the slack for those clowns— Wendy's (@Wendys) October 7, 2017 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.