Edible tape invented to stop your burrito from falling apart

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London (CNN) – Four U.S. engineering students were brainstorming on a thorough search for their product design course, when the luncheon inspiration – literally – fell into their laps.

“Erin ate burritos and the tortilla opened on her,” Tyler Guarino, one of the four, told CNN. “Then she hit – this is a problem we can solve.”

Guarino, Erin Walsh, Mary Eric and Rachel were seniors at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore when they began their mission last year to create a food tape that could hold wrap and burrito together.

Today, they are proud of their prototype product, known as “Tasty Tape”.

Guarino said the team spent months studying the “common tape” and its components – a spine that holds its structure together and an adhesive that sticks to the surface – trying to find their “food equivalent”.

They had three main criteria for their tape: it must be clear and colorless, it has no taste and no noticeable texture. After testing the various compounds, they hit the magic recipe, which is gluten free and also suitable for vegetarians.

Tasty tape is transparent and colorless.

Tasty tape is transparent and colorless.

Taylor Guarino

“We tested about 50 different formulations before finding the winning” tasty tape “recipe,” says Guarino.

Certain ingredients are a closely guarded secret due to the pending patent application, but the team says everything used is “food, food safe, GRAS.” [generally recognized as safe]And common food ingredients or supplements. “

There are three easy steps to using tasty tape, Guarino explains. The first is to peel a strip out of a sheet of waxed paper. Next, wetting the tape to activate it, finally, apply it to your tightly wrapped tortilla with pressure.

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The team’s current prototype includes tape strips on wax paper, but they also hope to pack it on a roll like normal office tape.

On Monday, the team graduated from college with Guerino and expressed how Tasty Tape’s journey to date has been “really exciting.”

“We’ve learned a lot about product design, prototyping and patenting. We’re all really grateful that we got this opportunity before we graduated because he taught us a lot of valuable skills,” he said, adding that he and teammate Mary Eric completed the masters. To do so, JHU will stay one more year, and will continue to work on production at that time.

Top Image: Tasty tape blue for visibility. The actual tape is colorless. Credit: Tyler Guarino

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