Why You Should Think Twice About Saving Chick-Fil-A Sauce Packets

Chick-fil-A fans will go to great lengths to get their hands on extra sauce from the famous chicken chain. It's so good, some people have even resorted to smuggling Chick-fil-A sauce in their empty soda cups. While that's certainly an option (although we don't recommend it), most people simply ask for extra packets and stash them in a safe spot at home. But, if you have a "sauce packet drawer" in your kitchen, it may be time to sort through and remove a few.

Specifically, you need to let go of those coveted packets of Chick-fil-A's Polynesian sauce. We know — it's delicious and the U.S. East Coast in particular is in love with its sweet and sour flavor, according to Chick-fil-A's web site. But, fellow sauce hoarders around the internet have identified a fatal flaw in attempting to stockpile this tasty condiment. According to users on Reddit, Chick-fil-A's Polynesian sauce eats right through the packaging, leaving a sticky, syrupy mess in its wake.

Exploding Chick-fil-A sauce packets are a thing

Though exploding sauce packets sounds like a pretty savage prank to play on a friend, it's a real thing that's occurring naturally all around the county. Reddit user ShanNtrav asked, "Does anyone find the Polynesian sauce eats through the packaging over a few weeks? I keep a zip lock bag of fast food sauces and it has happened a few times. The Polynesian sauce opens up and gets everywhere!" 

One follower responded, "They just easily explode. Not sure why," while another user who we presume is a Chick-fil-A employee added, "I've even had times when working and stocking the Poly sauce, I've found it randomly exploded in boxes.... I guess that's just how it is."

The solution to the exploding sauce problem

Social media is full of cautionary tales as well. Just search Chick-fil-A exploded Polynesian sauce on Twitter and your screen will be flooded with woeful stories like one from user @alixhaley, who tweeted, "Well the Chick-Fil-A Polynesian sauce that I keep on deck in my purse in case of emergencies exploded today so that's that, lesson learned."

Now, if you're a true Chick-fil-A aficionado, you know the chain has already solved this problem for you. They began bottling their famous sauces for sale in select Targets, Publix, and other retailers in April of 2020. It's just up to you to track them down and make peace with coughing up $3.49 for something you've been scoring for free for years.