Engineering students create edible tape to hold burritos together

BALTIMORE, KXAN — We’ve all had that universal experience (and disappointment) of biting into a stuffed burrito or wrap and having the filling spurt out.

Some engineering students at Johns Hopkins University have fixed that. It’s called Taste Tape.

A team made up of chemical biomolecular engineering students created the adhesive that is safe to eat, according to the University of Maryland.

How does it work?

Johns Hopkins explained that the small rectangular strips come attached to sheets of wax paper: all you have to do is peel one off the sheet, wet it well to activate the adhesive, and stick it on that burrito.

The strip itself is made up of a “food-grade fibrous scaffold and an organic adhesive.”

The team tested various ingredients for months to get it right. One of the students, Tyler Guarino, told Johns Hopkins that the ingredients included are common foods and dietary additives.

It’s unclear how many burritos the students used during the tests.

The creation was released earlier this week on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Now the team is working to apply for a patent, Johns Hopkins said.

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