During the first stage start by focusing on clearing some of the Licorice Locks. As soon as you clear one or two of them it will become quite a bit easier to match candies and make special candies.
Before you activate / combine special candies try to first clear Licorice Swirls that will otherwise block the effect of the special candy / special candy combination.
Although special candies will move from the first to the second stage, don’t go out of your way to hold on to them. Just advance to the second stage as quickly as you can and deal with the blockers on the second stage once you’re there.
During the second stage you should focus on clearing the Licorice Swirls near the top as quickly as you can. With those gone it will become much easier to make special candies.
With candies of five colors on the playing field you shouldn’t have too many problems making special candies. Still, take your time and don’t miss out on opportunities to make special candies.
Mainly focus on making Jelly Fish+ horizontal Striped candy combinations because when the Jelly Fishes dive at the bottom row it’ll hit all the difficult-to-hit Honey on that row in one go.
Towards the end of the level (when your move counter is at about five) a Coloring candy will spawn in the middle column. Being able to combine that Coloring candy with a special candy will help tremendously.
During both stages do the following: 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.
And before you activate / combine special candies try to first clear Licorice Swirls that will otherwise block the effect of the special candy / special candy combination.