The Flaming Lips' chocolate-heart creator talks about the painstaking process of making it tick

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By now you've long since been grossed out/freaked out/mesmerized by the seemingly inexhaustible creative genius of Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, the latest example of which, of course, is an anatomically correct chocolate heart that comes signed by the band in custom packaging and complete with an embedded USB drive containing fifteen tracks of music. If you haven't seen it yet, the instagram above of Coyne devouring the delectable heart has been making the rounds this week.

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If you didn't snap one up online, you might want to start planning a road trip to OKC, as only a hundred of these specific hearts are in existence, and they're available exclusively in person at a store called Dwelling Spaces. You can also buy a heart online directly from the heart's creator, Dude, Sweet Chocolate -- but as Dude's owner Katherine Clapner told us, her hearts have different packaging, are music-free and not nearly as fun as the Lips' version.


We caught up with Clapner last night at her Dallas store as she was feverishly trying to crank out the rest of the order for the Lips, and she talked about the painstaking process that goes into making the hearts, which are made with nearly two pounds of chocolate; how she bought anatomically rubber hearts off the Internet thinking they were molds; how she first came to collaborate with Coyne and company; and the band's production of another piece of candied anatomy that we should keep an eye out for.

Keep reading for the full interview with Dude, Sweet Chocolate owner Katherine Clapner

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