During the first stage there are only six Bears you have to find and they’re located in the two columns on the right side. Activating Wrapped candies adjacent to the Bears of combining Jelly Fishes with vertical Striped candies will quickly clear the Honey and find the Bears.
Since special candies you make move on from the first stage to the second stage I suggest you hold on to as many special candies as you can because you will be needing them.
On the second stage you should first focus on breaking the Licorice Links. Breaking them will increase the space in which you can match by quite a bit, making it easier to make special candies.
Next you should mainly focus on making Jelly Fish + horizontal Striped candy combinations because if the Jelly Fish dives at the bottom row it will hit all the difficult-to-hit Honey in one go.
Alternatively try to make Wrapped + Striped candy combinations. If you manage to make this combination near the bottom of the playing field you’ll hit a considerable amount of Honey. Both of these combinations shouldn’t be too hard to make with candies of five colors on the playing field.
As you clear more and more Honey match candies near the bottom of the playing field (or as low as possible) as often as you can. Doing this will shift the largest amount of candies. This in turn will hopefully start a chain reaction that will create new opportunities to make special candies.