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. In the Mediterranean you might look at halva as traditional, but in many western countries people often look at rock candy as one of the a-typical traditional candy. Most traditional candies are simple, and this is truly a simple candy. Some might call them old-timey as well, either as a compliment or an insult.
This rock candy is from the British coastal city of Brighton, I bought it on a peer on a cool wet day so it 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. Sure, it didn’t originate on this spot, or even in Brighton, but I’m sure at some point at some time it was a novelty here.
The next two scores are a little easier to score. It tastes fine, a little minty and fairly sweet. The texture is fine as well, although when it gets old it also gets a little chewy and this stick isn't that fresh.
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.