Tired of burritos or wraps falling apart? Students create edible tape to hold them together.

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Students at Johns Hopkins have created a unique solution for one of dining's greatest frustrations: the burrito or wrap that keeps falling apart.

As part of Engineering Design Day at Johns Hopkins University, a group of students created Tastee Tape, a clear adhesive meant to keep burritos, wraps and similar food intact.

The team of students tested a variety of ingredients before choosing the combination that was edible and safe but strong enough to contain larger wraps.

"First, we learned about the science around tape and different adhesives, and then we worked to find edible counterparts," said Tyler Guarino, a Johns Hopkins senior majoring in engineering who helped work on the project.

Tastee Tape is an edible adhesive created to hold together burritos or wraps. The tape is clear but dyed in blue to show how it's applied.
Tastee Tape is an edible adhesive created to hold together burritos or wraps. The tape is clear but dyed in blue to show how it's applied.

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After several months of testing prototypes, the team created rectangular strips measuring half an inch by 2 inches. To use the tape, a strip is peeled off a sheet of wax paper, wet thoroughly, then applied to the food.

The students are applying for a patent for Tastee Tape.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Edible tape to hold burritos, wraps in place created by students

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