If October isn't National Candy Month, then it should be. And second only to candy corn as the season's most delicious sweet are candy apples.
These are really easy to make, and by doing so you can select the apples to use, thereby controlling the best thing about the treat, which is the contrast between the sweet hard candy coating and the juicy tartness of the apple.
I made these, not from an old recipe in my collection, but from a more modern one. I can't share this fail-proof recipe, but you can get it just like I did, by visiting betterbaking.com, the wonderful site of Marcy Goldman, where you can purchase this recipe and many, many others for a very reasonable price. (The recipe is called Big Red Candy Mountain Candy Apples, listed in the Miscellaneous Baking section.)
Although I failed to take step-by-step pictures, I can walk you through the process. After washing and drying apples, insert a wood skewer into the stem end of each and start cooking the sugar, corn syrup and water over low heat.
Add the red food coloring after you take the pot from the fire and dip the apples in the mixture, letting the excess coating drip off back into the pan. Have a parchment lined cookie sheet ready so you can place the dipped apples on it.
At the end, you'll end up with a mess of candy coated utensils, above. But you'll also end up with a tray of glistening candy apples, below. And you won't even need to go to Coney Island to get one. Though if you do go, stop at the classic Williams Candy Shop for a wonderful candy apple (a visit there on Sunday inspired this post) and other treats that are perfect all year round.