You might have heard the heart-breaking news: Candy conversation hearts are a no-go this year.

Reports emerged in January that, after purchasing Necco's SweetHearts brand, Spangler Candy Company wasn't able to put the chatty, chalky confections into production in time for Valentine's Day. That made us think: Well, why not make our own? Though we've probably got the warehouse space at the American-Statesman, we're not looking to buy wholesale vats of corn syrup and food dye. No, we want to fill the short, snappy void in our hearts with some Austin-style conversation heart messages. And we want your help.

Some ideas, to get your creative juices flowing: "Drive me batty." "Scooter date." Et cetera. While conversation heart messages are traditionally very short (one to three words), we're not sticklers. Send your best declarations of love to features@statesman.com. We'll compile our favorites so you can send them to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

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