It’s one of life’s notable delicious anticipatory moments but also among the most cluttered: The burrito (or taco, or gyro, or wrap) is basically in your mouth when the beans and rice and guacamole and salsa fall from the tortilla onto the table—or worse, your lap.
Encouraged by their adventures with messy lunches, a team of chemical and biomolecular engineering students has developed Tastee Tape, an edible adhesive containing a food-grade fibrous scaffold and an organic bond that provides the ingredients in your favored wrap are maintained tucked tightly inside during cooking and consumption.
Not disclosed the recipe
“First, understood the science around the tape and various adhesives, and then functioned to find edible counterparts,” said Tyler Guarino, who jointly worked up with fellow engineering Marie Eric, Rachel Nie, and Erin Walsh project.
The team tried a “multitude” of ingredients and varieties before determining a final recipe, which is edible, safe, and has the tensile strength you can rely on to hold together a fat burrito.
Because they are going for a patent, team members denied disclosing their secret formula.
“I can say that all its ingredients are safe to consume, are food grade, and are ordinary food and dietary additives,” Guarino said.
Months of paid prototyping resulted in rectangular strips estimated half an inch by two inches. These come attached to sheets of waxed paper. Release a strip from the sheet, wet it entirely to activate, and apply it to your lunch, dinner, or famous snack. The team members put their creativity to the test on “too many burritos to count” but are confident in the quality of their product.
“Tastee Tape permits you to set full faith in your tortilla and relish your meal, mess-free,” Guarino said.