B - Europe - Unique

Brighton Rock

W.S.Slater and Co.

Taste: 2

Texture: 2.5

Novelty: 4

All scores out of 5

Depending on where you grew up, you might have a different idea about what is a traditional candy. In Japan you may see a traditional treat as a red bean and Jelly treat as traditional. In the Mediterranean you might look at Halva as traditional, but in North America many people look at rock candy as one of the a-typical traditional candy. This would be the case if you happen to have grown up in a family with United Kingdom ancestry (my last name is Stewart).

This rock candy, from the British coastal city of Brighton, that I bought on a peer on a cool wet day pretty much makes this the most traditionally British treat one could imagine. I think I'll give it a fairly high mark in novelty, after all just remembering the moment I bought it fills me with a sense of nostalgia. Not to mention rock candy was original when it was created, even though now it's pretty much available all over the world.

The next two scores are a little easier to score. It tastes fine, a little minty and fairly sweet. The texture is fine, although when it gets old it also gets a little chewy and this stick isn't that fresh.

So I guess what I'm saying is, if you go to Brighton, you really should get yourself a stick of Brighton Rock. If you don't go to Brighton, you don't really need to eat Brighton Rock.