Which one sounds natural to you?

A) I'm eating milk chocolate.
B) I'm drinking milk chocolate.

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    When confused, for safety use "have" :) – Man_From_India May 3 '14 at 16:28
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    Your title says "chocolate milk" but you wrote "milk chocolate" in the question. They are two different things. ;-) – Damkerng T. May 3 '14 at 16:28
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    In Chinese, we say "drink soup", but in English, we say "eat soup". That's the only time I've ever come across that ambiguity. – Joe Z. May 3 '14 at 19:48

I'm eating milk chocolate.

picture of milk chocolate

I'm drinking chocolate milk.

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    The only one I know who drank milk chocolate was Augustus Gloop – and that didn't turn out too well for him :-) – J.R. May 3 '14 at 16:59
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    Given this is a learners' site, I really think you ought to give some further background as to why this distinction applies. So far as I'm concerned, it's much the same as the difference between casserole meat and meat casserole (in each case the first "noun" acts as an adjective modifying the second, which really is a noun). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 3 '14 at 18:53
  • @FumbleFingers Yes, they're certainly both modifier-head constructions. Both words are nouns, in either case. – snailplane May 3 '14 at 21:13
  • I'm not sure what you mean by "Both words are nouns" there. It seems clear to me that in milk chocolate, the word milk is an adjective modifying the noun chocolate, to tell us what kind of chocolate. Just as in chocolate milk, the first term is an adjectival usage telling us what kind of milk. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 3 '14 at 21:36
  • @FumbleFingers - I agree that's worth expounding upon. You could do that in your own answer; that would make a nice complement to this one. – J.R. May 3 '14 at 22:36

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