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At first bite:Sweet Addiction

Sweet AddictionVegas is ever-changing: casinos get razed and rebuilt, transients move in and out, people get rich and go bust. So when Thrifty’s ice cream left town, its devoted Vegas,cult following briefly mourned the loss and accepted a new tradition of fancy gelatos and ultra mod frozen yogurt emporiums.

But Marissa Creighton is on a mission to preserve a piece of old  as well as a treasured childhood memory. Last month, the former school counselor teamed with her husband Randy to open Sweet Addiction, an ice cream sandwich parlor featuring a rotating selection of Thrifty’s ice creams.

The days of the 10-cent scoop are long gone, but a few bucks will get you a generous schmear between two cookies that are baked daily from scratch. The Creightons tested hundreds of recipes before settling on a menu, and their painstaking efforts paid off. A chocolate chip cookie was just chewy enough to hold up to its frozen strawberry cheesecake filling, and a bite of oatmeal raisin wasn’t too cloying — perfect for letting the ice cream shine.

After only a few weeks, Thrifty’s devotees have formed lines out the door for a fix of the popular chocolate malted crunch and (eerie but colorful) birthday cake flavors. But a mint chocolate chip sandwich made with chocolate brownie cookies — a hand-held grasshopper of sorts — is a nostalgic and bracingly cool sweet treat.

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Summer is over, but it’s not too late to stop in. If the Creightons have it their way, the Thrifty’s revival is here to stay.

Sweet Addiction, 5165 S. Fort Apache, 570-6993,

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