In an affront to tradition and culture, researchers have developed edible adhesives capable of sealing a burrito. The clear adhesive is called Tastee Tape, and is made for food items using organic materials that won’t get in the way of your meal. The tape is the product of research from a team of seniors at the chemical and biomolecular engineering department.
Tastee Tape is made out of top secret ingredients and comes on rolls, which activate when moistened. Not only does it have no unique taste, it is also strong enough to handle the heftiest of burritos. The team, made up students Tyler Guarino, Marie Eric, Rachel Nie, and Erin Walsh, are confident in its success. Guarino says that the tape is made entirely out of food grade materials.
The special tape is part of projects done for Design Day, a University event created to encourage new and interesting projects. Student teams worked on projects that ranged from animal control to rethinking subway efficiency. But this year, it is the burrito tape that is making waves.
While Tastee Tape has an interesting potential, I cannot help but be amused and concerned by their application. The art of rolling a proper burrito is a time honored tradition. As a Mexican, we don’t need fancy tape to make our food stuffs stable, just good techniques and judicious use of fillings. Even the average burrito slinger at your neighborhood Chipotle can handle the process.
All this tape will do is encourage more unwillingness to embrace the artistic process. The humble burrito stands to become a grotesque Frankenstein like creature. Full to bursting, held together with tape and a prayer, and ready to explode on an unsuspecting populace. A simple meal will become a ticking time bomb, all thanks to science gone horribly, horribly, wrong.