On the first stage it’s easy to clear the Licorice Links, so make sure to do that first. Next you should focus on creating horizontal Striped candies because it’s easy to clear the rows of Honey with them. Although special candies you create on this stage can be used during the next one, you shouldn’t worry about this. Just focus on clearing the Honey and finding the Bears.
On the second stage your primary focus is first clearing the Licorice Links at the center of the playing field followed by clearing the Honey. With the blockers gone it will become much easier to create special candies and to clear the six-layered Honey on the bottom row you need to combine quite a few special candies.
On both stages it’s not too difficult to make special candies, especially since there are only candies of five colors on the playing field. Because you rely quite a bit on special candies during this level I suggest you pause after every move and glance at the entire playing field to see whether you can make special candies. It would be a waste to miss out on a chance to make a special candy only because you didn’t take your time.
Match candies near the bottom of the playing field as often as you can. Doing this will shift the largest amount of candies, hopefully start a chain reaction and create new opportunities to make special candies.