Hope you were first in line at McDonalds today, Rick and Morty fans. Looks like that Szechuan sauce went fast.
The condiment became a cultural phenomenon after it was featured during the show’s Season 3 premiere in April — such a phenomenon, in fact, that Mickey D’s decided to release the now-iconic sauce for one day only: October 7.
The promotion was set to begin at 2 p.m., and Rick and Morty fans across the country made plans to snag a packet of their own.
However, many people complained on Twitter Saturday that their stores had begun selling the sauce early, or that they barely had any in stock at all. (To be fair, McDonald’s did warn customers that stock would be “really, really limited.”)
Very disappointed with @McDonalds and Szechuan sauce disaster. Locations including mine were supposed to have it and didn’t.
— Anstiss Eaton (@anstissmarie) October 7, 2017
There’s already a line at University/McClintock McDonalds for the Szechuan sauce and they won’t give out the sauce until 2 p.m. pic.twitter.com/F7eB5ZyjGy
— PhoenixNewTimes (@phoenixnewtimes) October 7, 2017
mcdonalds really ruined the szechuan sauce promotion
— ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) October 7, 2017
Not very happy with @McDonalds right now… they weren’t even supposed to give out the Szechuan sauce yet and they’re already out…
— Brendon Ford (@bchevy04) October 7, 2017
Now, of course, there appears to be a hearty Szechuan sauce black market.
As someone who’s tasted Szechuan sauce I cannot imagine the disappointment of the person I saw pay $400 for a packet outside this McDonald’s
— dan (@dingostop) October 7, 2017
So if you didn’t get a packet this round, see you in… nine… seasons? We aren’t sure. But whatever you do, don’t look on eBay. It won’t make you feel better.
Mashable has reached out to McDonald’s for comment.