It is very hard to demolish candy bombs and clear jelly squares under liquorice swirls, especially when they are also behind the icing or liquorice locks. Also do not think you only have to destroy the initlal 8-moves bombs - there are more of them coming soon!
The moon scale is highly unstable, an imbalance of 7 candies will cause Odus to fall off.
Again, moon struck comes quite late and lasts for only one turn.
The jellies are worth 36,000 points. Hence, an additional 29,000 points is required to earn one star.
Make horizontal striped candy to demolish all candy bombs at once. Then, do not use any special candies to clear liquorice swirls. Clear them by normal mixing. After that, the reserved special candies can be used to clear the jelly squares.