The presence of six colours makes it hard to create special candies during regular moves.
The order gives 20,000 points. Hence, an additional 60,000 points for two stars and an additional 90,000 points for three stars have to be earned through matching of candies.
The two candy bombs on the board will provide at least 6,000 additional points. Even more points are earned from them if special candy combinations are used.
It is inevitable that the icing below the candy bomb dispenser are destroyed through the combination required as the combination will clear a row and column together and the need to increase available board space will also cause the need to clear them. Hence, it decreases the difficulty of creating colour bomb + candy bomb combinations.
The candy bombs spawn indefinitely, giving players many opportunities to create colour bomb + candy bomb combinations. However, the presence of six colours makes it hard to create colour bombs during regular moves.
The mystery candies may help or harm the player in earning three stars. They should not be a big threat to earning three stars even if most of them spawn less than useful items.
30 moves are limited to earn a huge amount of points due to sugar crush and the limiting of the number of special candies created via regular matches. However, this point is less critical due to the third, fourth and fifth points.
Moon struck removes candies matching the colours on the moon scale and lasts for five moves. This makes it much easier to create special candies. However, it can activate the striped candies required for the striped candy + striped candy combination. Hence, moon struck may actually cause more moves to be wasted to create the striped candy + striped candy combination.
Once the moon struck ends, it can become harder to create special candies. However, the player will have earned enough points equal or over the three star target score.