Throughout the level your primary focus should be popping the Bottles. Because with every Bottle you pop you will raise the acid level which in turn will melt the Cupcakes and Licorice Locks. Keep in mind that Jelly Fishes will also go for Bottles (or for Candy Ice Cubes trapping Bottles).
At the start of the level it’s great if you can manage to save a special candy or two, but it’s more important you pop the Bottles quickly. So if you have to activate (or combine) special candies to do that, don’t hold back.
With candies of six colors on the playing field it can be troublesome to make special candies, so take your time and don’t miss out on opportunities to make special candies. Most special candies and special candy combinations will help quite a bit, but special candies made with purple candies will a lot more. That’s why you should pay extra attention to purple candies and try to set up moves that will allow you to make special candies with them.
Towards the end of the level the acid will clear all the Licorice Locks, this will allow you to match candies in between or adjacent to the Licorice Swirls. Matching candies adjacent to the Licorice Swirls is a great way to clear them.
Match candies near the top 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.