How To Beat Ingredient Levels

Ingredient levels are a bit of an oddity. Instead of encouraging the player to race against the clock or destroy jelly, ingredient levels task them with bringing a set amount of cherries and hazelnuts to the bottom of the screen. These ingredients cannot be matched with other pieces and once they reach the bottom row, they automatically disappear from the grid. Sounds simple, but without a firm strategy in place, ingredient levels can cause you headaches.

Basic Strategy

Instead of setting up huge chains and matching special candies, your primary objective is to match pieces that reside underneath the ingredients. Obviously, vertical matches are better than horizontal ones, as they’ll drop ingredients three spaces instead of one.

As the ingredient gets closer to the bottom of the screen, it will become more difficult to find matches that will further its journey. If find yourself stuck, look to the columns situated to the left and right of the ingredient. Next, see if you can make matches that would bring beneficial candies below the ingredient. For instance, if the piece immediately below an ingredient is green, try to match candies that would cause green candies to fall.

Tricky Ingredient LevelThe most common mistake beginners make is pinning ingredients to the furthermost left and right hand columns. Doing so usually results in the ingredient being stuck. Remember, the goal is to maximize your options, not restrict them. When in doubt, follow this general rule: Never switch an ingredient with another piece if it means the ingredient will move within one space of the game board’s vertical boundaries.

The Role of Special Candies

On ingredient levels, one type of special candy is far superior to all others. Can you guess which one? Well, the disco candy is certainly useful, as it can used to target candy types that once removed will cause the ingredient to move towards its goal. Wrapped candies, if detonated near or below an ingredient, will allow it to move down a few spaces. Even horizontally striped candies will move an ingredient down one row. But it is the vertically striped candy that reigns supreme.

By detonating a vertically striped candy on the same column as an ingredient, the ingredient will automatically fall to the bottom of the screen. You should be actively trying to create them, and should always be looking for ways to move them into a position above or below the ingredient.

On a side, combining a striped candy with a wrapped candy also creates a candy that is extremely useful for dealing with ingredients.

Dealing with Destructible Objects

Later ingredient levels usually feature destructible objects like walls or chocolate at the bottom of the screen, impeding your ingredient’s path. Deal with them first. The strategies employed for getting rid of them should be the same as the ones you use normally. Wrapped candies work particularly well against walls, while chocolate is handled well enough just by matching pieces that are adjacent to them.

Another mistake beginners make is to let the ingredient fall directly on top of a destructible object. This is a no-no. It will be really hard to destroy the object if a cherry or hazelnut is blocking your path. Deal with the objects first, and deal with them quickly.

Comments

  1. I AM CURRENTLY STUCK ON LEVEL 181 I HAVE BEEN ON IT FOR ALMOST A MONTH NOW CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME SOME KIND OF HINT SO I CAN GET OFF OF IT THANKS

  2. Pat HAwkey says:

    I’m stuck on 181 also. Help.

  3. Level 78 with ingredients if ingredient gets stuck in a corner is there any way to get that ingredient out?

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