The Struggle To Keep Wraps Together Is Over With Edible Burrito Tape

Daniel Mitchell-Benoit
A burrito sealed with blue-dyed Tastee Tape.
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We've all had that tragic dinner moment. You know the one, where a delicious wrap or burrito starts to fall apart on you, creating a bigger mess on your plate than the one still existing inside the tortilla itself.

Thanks to some engineering students at John Hopkins University, that problem is no more, we'll soon have the means of fixing our own meals in a snap.

Introducing Tastee Tape.

Someone using a clear strip of Tastee Tape to seal a burrito shut.
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It's basically what it sounds like, a type of edible tape made to hold together food that's falling apart at the seams. You only need to get a strip wet and apply it to the food for it to stick.

It doesn't only work while eating, but can also be used to hold things together while they're baking too.

The tape was invented as part of a student showcase.

Two burritos on napkins next to each other, one sealed with clear Tastee Tape and the other with a strip dyed blue.
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The team of students who invented Tastee Tape laid out not only the product and how it worked, but detailed the market, the motivation, and even what the profit margins would be for a product like this.

Their research first involved normal tape before they shifted to an edible perspective.

The team behind Tastee Tape, four women studying engineering at John Hopkins, sitting around a square table.
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Team member Tyler Guarino said, "First, we learned about the science around tape and different adhesives, and then we worked to find edible counterparts.

They won't reveal exactly what the tape is made of, but Guarino did assure it's all well and good, "What I can say is that all its ingredients are safe to consume, are food grade, and are common food and dietary additives."

They also have future possibilities in mind.

Two burritos side by side on a neutral background, one fastened with clear Tastee Tape and the other with a strip dyed blue.
John Hopkins University Hub | THE TASTEE TAPE TEAM

They've already planned to file for a patent and are considering making variations such as adding flavors. For now, the strips are flavorless and clear, though the test images have them dyed blue for visibility.

It's a deceptively simple product with a ton of applications.

A bean burrito cut in half and set on a wooden cutting board.
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It creates a solution for a problem that many of us hate having but have no means of fixing. Should Tastee Tape hit shelves, it'll mean much neater meals and fewer worries about stained clothes and tablecloths in our future.

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