There are two things you have to focus on at the same time at the start of the level. Firstly you have to focus on clearing the Peppermint Sticks as quickly as you can. Clearing the Peppermint Sticks will also clear all the Licorice Locks.
Secondly you have to focus on breaking the Licorice Link as quickly as you can. To break the Licorice Link as soon as possible don’t miss out on opportunities to hit the Licorice Link (probably at the top of bottom of the middle column) when given the chance. Only after you’ve broken the Licorice Link will you be able to clear blockers and spread Jam on the right side of the playing field.
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. Consider holding on to special candies until you can combine them because of the combinations’ enhanced effect.
Since candies move to the center of the playing field you should match candies there as well. 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.