Messy burritos could be a thing of the past—thanks to a new edible food tape.
Inspired by their own experiences with sloppy lunches, students at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University have created Tastee Tape, an edible adhesive.
It comprises of “a food-grade fibrous scaffold and an organic adhesive” that ensures the ingredients in your wrap are kept tucked tightly inside during cooking and consumption.
The tape can be applied to any food, including tortillas, tacos, and gyros.
“First, we learned about the science around tape and different adhesives, and then we worked to find edible counterparts,” said Tyler Guarino, who teamed up with fellow engineering seniors Marie Eric, Rachel Nie, and Erin Walsh on the project.
The team of chemical and biomolecular engineering students at Whiting School of Engineering tested a “multitude” of ingredients and combinations before settling on a final recipe, which is edible, safe, and has the tensile strength you can trust to hold together a fat burrito.