I love the idea of making candies with my kids, but the sensitive nature of temperature control, heated to scalding sugar, and the enthusiasm of kids in the kitchen are a bad combination. Happily, I found a recipe online that is perfect of making fudge with kids. It takes about 7 minutes per batch, you can add your own flavorings, and no one is stirring sticky stuff on the stove while trying to keep little fingers out of the pan.
I found it here on allrecipes.com, and I'm including it below because it is just so simple.
In a glass bowl, mix 3 cups chocolate chips, 1/4 cup butter, and 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk. Heat for 3-5 minutes (I heated mine for 2 minutes, then one minute at a time) until almost melted. Stir to finish melting and to incorporate any flavoring (we added peppermint to one batch, ginger to one, and orange to the last one). Spread in a well greased 8×8 pan, sprinkle and press in any toppings (crushed candy canes!). Cool, slice, eat.
It was so simple we made three batches which, as it turns out, is a lot of fudge. We will probably survive.