A group of Johns Hopkins University students have created an innovative new invention that could change the culinary landscape forever: edible food-safe tape.
The Whiting School of Engineering students unveiled their “Tastee Tape” for the school’s Engineering Design Day. They claimed they were inspired to create the edible tape from their own experiences with messy food that tend to break while eating. Think burritos, tacos and wraps.
The group wanted to use their chemical and biomolecular engineering skills to make lunches less messy for everyone. The tape’s adhesive properties are activated by moisture and should remain in place while cooking.
In a John Hopkins University news release, team member Tyler Guarino described the project in more detail. “First, we learned about the science around tape and different adhesives, and then we worked to find edible counterparts,” he said.
The team is currently in the process of obtaining a patent for their “Tastee Tape.” Although they haven’t released their secret formula to the public, they can confirm it’s completely safe to eat. The team tested a variety of different ingredients and combinations before settling on a final recipe, which can be trusted to hold together a bursting burrito.
“What I can say is that all its ingredients are safe to consume, are food grade, and are common food and dietary additives,” Guarino said.