We Tested A Copycat Rick & Morty Szechuan Sauce To See If It Was Worth A Car
Fandom can make people do strange things. In our hyper-capitalist society that encourages you to quantify your knowledge by the number of novelty collectable socks you own, things get particularly weird.
Sometimes, this can mean buying a kooky bed lamp or some badges! Other times it means literally swapping a car worth thousands of pounds or rioting for a small pot of sauce referenced in an episode of a show you like.
Cops are at Wellington McDonalds where tons of angry people lined up for hrs for Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce only to learn they had none pic.twitter.com/3T272osid4
— Lulu Ramadan (@luluramadan) October 7, 2017
Which is exactly what's happening in the case of the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce - a limited edition sauce released in 1998 to promote Disney’s Mulan. Referenced in the show Rick & Morty, people just like you and me are trading thousands of dollars, and recently - an actual car - to try a novelty sauce.
So naturally, we wanted to try some Gonzo journalism going right to the SAUCE of the issue, to discover what the hell is going on with this goddamn obsession.
Okay so first off we do not have the money to buy one packet of the sauce off some neck-bearded fan on eBay and even if we did would we fund that kind of mad capitalism fandom? No, we would not.
So instead, we’ve followed a recipe proposed by YouTuber Baking With Babish, who proposes that the sauce was actually just made up of McDonald’s leftovers - aka one part BBQ dipping sauce to two parts Sweet ’n’ Sour dipping sauce. A brief argument with the staff at McDonald’s leaves me with only one go at this sauce (2 packets of Sweet 'n' Sour, one packet of BBQ), 20 nuggets, and chips.
THE DIPPING ACCOUTREMENTS:
Nuggets for the purists/ chips for the vegetarians.
To ask every man, woman and child whether this bloody sauce is worth anything.
JURGITA, CAFE STAFF:
Is it worth a car?
"Is that a trick question? It’s really good. It’s really good."
But you wouldn’t swap a car for it?
"No? Would you?"
JACQUI, VIDEO PRODUCER:
[Talking about the nuggets] "They’re lovely and warm."
We know the nuggets are nice. What about the sauce?
"It’s nice. A little gloopy. It’s lacking flavour. There’s no burst of flavour. I was hoping for a bit more of a spicy punch. Got a back-note of BBQ."
CLAIRE, APPRENTICE AND RICK & MORTY MEGA FAN:
"Okay so, it tastes really sweet and a bit weird. REally BBQ-y, tastes wrong. Wrong. I wouldn’t swap a car for it. You wouldn’t catch me doing that. It’s not worth it."
SHAUNA SMITH, RECEPTIONIST:
"That’s a good sauce. Probably wouldn’t swap my car for it though. I would pay £2.50 for a packet. It’s really nice."
ANNA, MULTIPLATFORM PRODUCER:
"It’s got a good consistency, although it’s slightly bubbly. Is that normal? It’s very sweet. It’s got a good sweetness - that makes it authentic McDonald's-y. It’s kind of sweet and sour-y but fairly bland as well. I don’t think it’s all that. I don't know why people are queuing up for it."
Would you swap a car?
"No. I’d probably pay about 20p for that."
"It tastes like a firework. That’s what it tastes off. When you go outside on bonfire night and you go boom. OOH it’s very sweet, it’s like caramel."
MIKE, MULTIPLATFORM PRODUCER
"That sauce made that cold greasy chip bearable. That’s what I'll say about that. I’ll have another bit. It’s a pretty average sauce. I don’t know what flavour that is. What flavour is it? I can’t guess. It’s just like red sauce. There were fights over this weren’t there?"
How much would you pay for that?
"No that’s a free sauce. That’s a 'do you have any of that, give me a handful of that sauce' sauce. The parts are greater than the sum of its parts. That’s bad stuff. Don’t mix sauces."
"…What is that?! I haven’t had McDonald’s in ages by the way. Did you make that? Is that a concoction? It just tastes like BBQ sauce. Would I swap a car for it? Like a car I owned? How shit is my car? No, I'm not going to swap a car."
How much would you pay for it?
"Zero pounds, zero pennies. Oh, maybe I’d pay 1p."
Well, there you have it. The answer that shocked no one. Don't swap a car for some Goddamn sauce.
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