“This is a problem that needs to be solved,” thought one student as her burrito fell apart while she was eating. Therefore, together with her fellow students, she developed an edible adhesive tape that holds the burrito and its contents together.
A groundbreaking invention that all burrito lovers should be happy about: the “tastee tape”. Who doesn’t know it, you bite into the tortilla bread filled with all kinds of delicacies – and then “splash!”, the burrito falls apart and trickles onto our plates, shirts and trousers.
The student Erin Walsh was also confronted with these annoying messy mishaps. “He was just everywhere.” And she was like, ‘You know what? This is a problem that needs to be solved,'” her classmate Tyler Guarino told Baltimore news station WBAL-TV 11.
Patent on burrito tape
Together with two other fellow students, Marie Eric and Rachel Nie, they worked on a solution to the burrito problem. As part of a design project at Johns Hopkins University, the biotechnology and chemical technology students developed the “Tastee Tape”.
According to the students, “Tastee Tape” consists of “an edible adhesive containing a food-grade fibrous scaffold.” However, they do not reveal any more details about the recipe, as they have applied for a patent on the flavor tape.
Female students want to further improve “Tastee Tape” composition
The product prototype consists of rectangular strips of tape, approximately 1.5 centimeters wide and 5 centimeters long, glued to sheets of wax paper. The strips can be easily detached from the wax paper. Then they have to be moistened and glued to the rolled burrito.
The students tested a “variety” of ingredients before developing their own formula. “First we looked at the scientific side of tape and various glues, and then we looked for edible counterparts,” says Guarino. Next, the students now want to further improve the composition of the “tastee tape”.
Sources: New York Post, Independent, Johns Hopkins University