Is there a way to not have the reference code (%blah%) appear, when a pre-filled text entry field is cleared?

I have an activity where students have to modify a piece of text (pre-filled from a variable). It works fine except if they clear the text entry field altogether - then the variable reference code appears, for some reason. Any way to keep the blank field blank? 
Example: https://360.articulate.com/review/content/a8488a28-22da-4108-a61b-71a8e91b7ae5/review

Try clearing the text box contents.

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Peter Vitez

Thanks Amy. I've found another work-around that works well. The input field actually pre-loads with the value of whatever variable is in the 'when object loses focus'  trigger (even though this shouldn't have yet been triggered?). So no variable reference at all required! Fine for my use case. Still would have been nice if you could stick a paragraph full of different variables in an input field for students to edit, but I guess I'm pushing it.