Level 2,697 is the seventh level in Balloon Barn and the 196th mixed mode level (194th jelly-ingredients). To pass this level, you must clear 18 double jelly squares and collect 1 cherry in 27 moves or fewer.
When you complete the level, Sugar Crush is activated and will score you additional points.
Focus on unlocking the cherry and keeping its column free of swirls The easiest way to do this is by detonating a striped candy from the conveyor belt below the cherry. A vertical stripe alone may not be able to be matched when it lines up, so the best bet is a striped+striped or striped+wrapped combination, ideally with both candies both placed on the conveyor belt for an almost guaranteed strike. For the effect of a striped candy to reach the liquorice lock, there must be no swirls between the cherry and the conveyor, hence the need to keep this path clear.
Whilst preparing to unlock the cherry, make direct matches against the icing on the bottom-right of the board, creating special candies whenever possible. Also pay attention to the placement and movement of candies on the conveyor belt, so that where possible it makes matches or special candies for you when it moves.