For more than 40 years, McDonald's fans have been trying to replicate the Big Mac's signature "special sauce" with varying levels of success. (You can read our own DIY efforts here.) Now, Australians will finally be able to splooge the distinctive condiment over their homemade burgers thanks to the introduction of sealed takeaway tubs. You're going to need to stock up though — it's only available for a limited time.
For the month of February, McDonald's Australia will be selling Big Mac special sauce separately in 25ml tubs: just like those sweet-and-sour sauce containers that come with chicken McNuggets. The sauce will be available from 920 McDonald's outlets across the country and will cost 50 cents apiece.
"Big Mac sauce is one of the most iconic McDonald's ingredients and people often ask us where they can buy it, so we're excited to be the first country in the world to offer tubs of Big Mac sauce to our customers," McDonald's CMO Australia Mark Lollback explained in a statement.
"I know of people who love adding our special sauce to all types of food — from French Fries to McNuggets — so it’s going to be interesting to see what Aussies choose to add a spot of Big Mac sauce to over the next month."
In addition to the 25ml tubs, McDonald’s is auctioning a 500ml bottle of Special Sauce on eBay (pictured above). Proceeds from its sale will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The bottle is currently sitting at $19,200. McDonald's is also rolling out a Big Mac Special Sauce vending machine as part of the campaign.
McDonald's is limiting its run to just 600 tubs per store — once they sell out, that's it. With any luck, the company will extend the promotion and bring the sauce to supermarkets, much like Nando's has with its Peri Peri sauce range. For now though, you'll need to buy in bulk and fill up your pantry while you've got the chance.