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If you have a sweet tooth, Hazel Hill has you covered

By Megan Moser

There’s a new place to get your chocolate fix in Manhattan.

Hazel Hill Chocolate, whose original branch is in Topeka, opened a new location at 106 S. Fourth St., the cozy space that was previously a Radina’s, and before that, Fourth Street Cafe.

Like its predecessors, this place also serves coffee (only your basic drip), but the main attraction here is the chocolate. Everything’s coated in it: huge caramel apples, marshmallows, cookies, candied orange peel and even potato chips, which were pretty good if you like that salty/sweet combo.

But the best things at Hazel Hill are the Things. Things ($1 each) are scoops of brownie rolled into balls and dipped in chocolate—sort of like cake balls without the sticks. They’re not the most attractive confections, but they are fudgy and rich.

Hazel Hill has more traditional chocolates, too, including a good selection of truffles, peanut clusters and creme-filled delicacies. But that’s not all.

The tiny store is packed with sweet treats, including fudge, toffee popcorn, and lemon shortbread drops.

The chocolate-covered salted caramel was nice — not too chewy or too liquid — but I would have preferred that the salt on top be flakes and not big grains, which I found too crunchy.

The dark chocolate truffle was also good with a firm, smooth center.

And the caramel apples, which, besides caramel and chocolate, are covered in every combination of nuts, sprinkles and other toppings, were great.

The apples, ($5-$6) are too big to eat by yourself and too thick with toppings to eat easily off the stick. But cut into chunks to share, the Granny Smiths make a nice counterpoint to all that sugar surrounding them.

The store still has tables and chairs from its previous life as a cafe. I recommend bringing a friend or two and sitting down for an afternoon treat.

Owners Nick and Terry Xidis of Topeka opened the original store in 2006 and named it after Terry’s grandmother. Nick is a third-generation chocolatier. Their desire to carry on their family traditions is evident in their many quality products.

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