Szechuan Sauce for 2004 VW Golf Mk4: Deal or No Deal?

McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce

In 1998, McDonald’s officially created “Szechuan” sauce as a promotional item for the Disney movie “Mulan”. Not too long after, the condiment was removed from McDonald’s menu. On October 7, 2017, McDonald’s brought back the Szechuan sauce in a limited supply. As a result, chaos ensued as fans of the hit TV series “Rick and Morty” showed up in bulk numbers at McDonald’s nationwide to try the sauce. The reason for this is because the TV show had an episode in which Rick goes through the drive-thru and mentions the oh-so-great Szechuan sauce. This led to an insane value for a packet of Szechuan… even a 2004 VW Golf Mk4.

2004 VW Golf Mk4 for Szechuan Sauce

This high demand and low supply led to frantic TV show enthusiasts and a skyrocket in value of the sauce. On eBay, Szechuan sauce could be bought for around $280. Yes, $280 for a small packet of sauce. On the other hand, one girl was so lucky that she was offered an early 2000s VW Golf for a packet of sauce. Rachel Marie of Macomb, Michigan posted on social media about her sauce for trade. Duane Kimmel, the owner of a 2004 VW Golf, posted that he would trade the vehicle for the sauce. As one would suspect, Rachel was quick to accept the offer.

“Thank you for the insane trade on the VW Golf Mk4 for the legendary Szechuan Sauce Duane Kimmel, I hope you got lost in the sauce!” – Rachel Marie via Facebook.

Szechuan Demand Due to Rick and Morty

Leading to this trade, a series of events occurred that drafted the way to her success on the trade. First, the Adult Swim TV Show “Rick and Morty” featured the Szechuan sauce in an April 2017 episode. Not long after, TV show fans took their hope of Szechuan sauce to On the website, a petition was created asking McDonald’s to bring it back. This led to McDonald’s offering to bring it back on October 7, 2017. With only 20 packets per restaurant, McDonald’s hoped to cover the demand for the day. But, they were wrong… so wrong.

$280 for a Packet of Szechuan Sauce… or a VW Golf Mk4

Overall, McDonald’s Szechuan sauce was brought to us by McDonald’s for Disney’s “Milan” and brought back for “Rick and Morty”. Consequently, chaos ensued at restaurants nationwide due to the low supply. Due to this, fans were willing to pay $280 for a packet, and even a 2004 VW Golf. Luckily, for Rachel, she was able to trade the sauce for that VW Golf. In our view, that’s one hell of a deal – for Rachel.


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